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New York delays presidential primary

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo postponed New York’s presidential primary from April to June to keep people from gathering — even to vote — amid of the state’s coronavirus outbreak. With cases expected to mushroom toward a mid-to-late-April peak, nurses made anguished pleas Saturday ...

Newspaper chain helps local businesses

Tri-Lakes area businesses can now apply for grants to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to ...

NCCC will be remote all semester, including graduation

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College employees will continue to work remotely through the end of the semester, and classes will resume online March 30 as planned. In an email message to faculty, staff and students on Friday, college President Joe Keegan outlined the ...

COVID-19 by the numbers

Essex County 5 — Confirmed cases, none new Friday 30 — People in mandatory or precautionary quarantine, 3 fewer than Thursday 61 — People who have been tested and received results, 7 more than Thursday - Franklin County 3 — Confirmed cases, 1 new Friday 23 — ...

Common COVID-19 questions answered

SARANAC LAKE — Public health officials answered a range of questions about the coronavirus during a virtual panel in Saranac Lake on Friday. The panelists included Patrick Murphy, director of the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the event, as well as Adirondack Health ...

Schools closed 2 more weeks

Schools statewide will stay closed for an additional two weeks — until April 15 — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday during his daily coronavirus press briefing, but local schools were already planning to be closed through April 20. This extension essentially allows schools to continue to ...

Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the ...

As virus toll mounts in New York, more hospitals sought

NEW YORK — New York’s battle to keep its hospitals from being overwhelmed by the coronavirus outbreak is entering a critical phase, as officials race to get hospitals built and supplies in place before medical centers become completely overwhelmed. Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered schools ...

3 Malone police officers in quarantine

MALONE — A third case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Franklin County, and three Malone police officers are in quarantine because one was in direct contact with one of the infected individuals. Franklin County Public Health Director Kathleen Strack was notified Thursday that a person ...

OneWorkSource helping remotely

PLATTSBURGH — After state-imposed restrictions on travel and gatherings were put in place last week due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of local businesses shut their doors and thousands of workers in the North Country have been laid off. The North Country’s OneWorkSource Centers ...

Coronavirus: staying home advice for parents and children

With the coronavirus pandemic here, parents have been keeping their distance while sending me questions about how stressful social distancing their children from other children can be for families who are now spending so much time together confined to their living space. Let me see if I can ...

How to unpack COVID-19 for kids

PLATTSBURGH — In addition to working from home and/or homeschooling their children, parents also need to unpack the coronavirus for their children. “The key is to start talking to children as young as parents want to, but with developmentally appropriate language,” said Dr. Aron ...

Local radio stations join #GiftCardChallenge

LAKE PLACID — North Country Radio, based in Lake Placid, rolled out a national public service announcement campaign on Thursday. The Gift Card Challenge was created to encourage individuals to buy gift cards from local shops and restaurants to show their support. “We’ve been hearing ...

Verizon, AT&T help customers amid outbreak

Verizon and AT&T have made changes for customers facing hardships as the result of mass layoffs and health concerns as the novel coronavirus continues to spread. Verizon sent a push notification to customers Friday announcing that it had added 15 gigabytes of data to each ...

AHI continues health plan enrollment by phone

GLENS FALLS — Due to current circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Adirondack Health Institute’s Enrollment Assistance Services and Education (EASE) team has stopped seeing clients in person; however, it continues to offer free health insurance enrollment assistance via ...

Kinney Drugs gives raises, adds protective shields

GOUVERNEUR — Kinney Drugs is giving its 3,252 hourly employees a raise and installing new pharmacy shields as the novel coronavirus continues to spread. Pharmacies are among a number of businesses deemed “essential” by the state and exempt from closure requirements. All Kinney ...

If you don’t laugh, you cry

BOSTON — Neil Diamond posts a fireside rendition of “Sweet Caroline” with its familiar lyrics tweaked to say, “Hands ... washing hands.” A news anchor asks when social distancing will end because “my husband keeps trying to get into the house.” And a sign outside a ...

Drugmaker backpedals on specialty status for COVID-19 medication

WASHINGTON — Facing public criticism, the maker of a promising coronavirus drug said Wednesday it will waive a special regulatory designation that could have allowed it to block competition and boost profits for its treatment. Gilead Sciences said it will ask U.S. regulators to revoke ...