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Time will tell Thanksgiving’s COVID-19 impact

Local health officials say the impact of Thanksgiving gatherings on COVID-19 spread will start to be seen in about a week. The incubation period for the virus ranges between two to 14 days, and most people start experiencing symptoms around five days after an exposure, according to Essex ...

Gillibrand wants task force on vaccine distribution

PLATTSBURGH — In light of recent news surrounding COVID-19 vaccine development, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is pushing Congressional leadership to include funds to help stand up a public health workforce in the next round of federal relief funding. During a Zoom call with ...

COVID-19 care: Stress, anxiety and PTSD — expect it all

CORTLAND — Mike Smiley laid under the bar of the Smith machine Tuesday at the Cortland YMCA and placed his hands on the bar. Willie Brigman stood behind him keeping his hands slightly under the bar, spotting Smiley. The two men are gym buddies, working out together when they can. For both, ...

‘There’s good solutions coming’

SARANAC LAKE — A team at Adirondack Medical Center is preparing for COVID-19 vaccine dissemination. In a meeting with Assemblyman Billy Jones on Friday, Adirondack Health CEO Sylvia Getman spoke about the hospital’s planning process as pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer apply for ...

UVM medical record system restored

PLATTSBURGH — University of Vermont Health Network officials say an important milestone has been reached in the recovery from last month’s cyberattack. Monday brought the announcement that, over the weekend, access to the electronic medical record system, Epic, was restored at ...

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty in criminal case

Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally taking responsibility for its part in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths but also angering critics who want to see individuals held accountable, in addition to the company. In a ...

3rd major vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

LONDON — Drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective, buoying the prospects of a relatively cheap, easy-to-store product that may become the vaccine of choice for the developing world. The results are based on an interim ...

Franklin County seeks public health volunteers

MALONE — Franklin County Public Health is looking for volunteers who can consistently dedicate at least a half a day of time, most days of the week, to be called in as needed both for contact tracing and, in the future, to assist with vaccine distribution. While you do not have to be a ...

Franklin County has 4th COVID death

Franklin County increased its COVID-19 toll to four as a man died of the pandemic disease Friday at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone. Alice Hyde spokesperson Phillip Rau confirmed Sunday that the death took place at the Malone hospital, which is part of the University of Vermont ...

Franklin County reports 4th COVID death

Franklin County increased its COVID-19 toll to four as a man died of the pandemic disease Friday at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone. Alice Hyde spokesperson Phillip Rau confirmed Sunday that the death took place at the Malone hospital, which is part of the University of Vermont Health ...

Franklin County has 3rd COVID death

A third resident of Franklin County has died after contracting COVID-19. The person, whose death was reported Friday morning, was a resident of the Alice Center nursing home in Malone who’d tested positive for COVID-19 and was discharged to Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, spokesman ...

Franklin County reports 3rd COVID-19 death

A third resident of Franklin County has died after contracting COVID-19. The person, whose death was reported Friday morning, was a resident of the Alice Center nursing home in Malone who’d tested positive for COVID-19 and was discharged to Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, spokesman ...

Will Rogers on precautionary lockdown

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Village at Will Rogers elder residence is going into a precautionary lockdown after the spouses of two different employees tested positive for COVID-19 this week. “Although both employees, themselves, have tested negative ... there is still a chance of exposure ...

Epilepsy Foundation expands into Adirondacks

ALBANY — The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York has announced its expansion of programs and services into the Adirondack region. Thanks to a dedicated fund at Adirondack Foundation established by a generous donor, EFNENY will provide programs and services to those affected by ...

Pfizer: COVID-19 shot 95% effective, seeking clearance soon

Pfizer said Wednesday that new test results show its coronavirus vaccine is 95% effective, is safe and also protects older people most at risk of dying — the last data needed to seek emergency use of limited shot supplies as the catastrophic outbreak worsens across the globe. The ...

Workshops provide health management tools during pandemic

SARANAC LAKE — The North Country Healthy Heart Network teamed up with the St. Lawrence Health Initiative and the New York State Office for the Aging to promote Better Choices, Better Health, a free, six-week online workshop to help people prevent or better manage diabetes, high blood ...

Franklin County COVID numbers keep rising

Franklin County continued to see a rise in COVID-19 over the weekend, with 58 individuals currently identified as having active cases. Some of these people are isolating outside of the county. On Sunday, of all the results returning for people tested in Franklin County, 1.79% returned ...

AMC restricts visitation amid COVID rise

SARANAC LAKE — Patient visitation at Adirondack Health’s facilities will again be limited as the number of COVID-19 cases in Franklin and Essex counties continues to rise. Adirondack Health announced the renewed restrictions on Friday. It has imposed restrictions on visitation a few ...

Second Franklin County resident dies of COVID-19

A second Franklin County resident has now died after contracting COVID-19. County Public Health officials reported on Wednesday that an 85-year-old man had died. County Manager Donna Kissane said the man was not a nursing home resident. The man was not identified. “Public Health extends ...