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Essex Center records 14th COVID-19 death

The Essex County Health Department reported another death connected to a coronavirus outbreak at an Elizabethtown nursing home on Monday. A total of 14 residents of the Essex Center nursing home and rehabilitation facility have died in the last 42 days after contracting COVID-19. Thirteen ...

New York governor raises alarm about new virus hot spots

ALBANY— Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised alarm Monday about the emergence of a handful of coronavirus hot spots in New York, saying just 10 ZIP codes represented more than a quarter of the state’s new infections in recent testing. New York has reported just over 11,500 new COVID-19 infections ...

Two more die from Essex Center outbreak

ELIZABETHTOWN — Two more residents of the Essex Center nursing home and rehabilitation facility have died after contracting COVID-19. Altogether, 13 people connected to the COVID-19 outbreak at Essex Center have died since the facility saw its first confirmed cases of the illness on ...

Inspections found nursing home lapses as COVID-19 raged

By MARINA VILLENEUVE Associated Press ALBANY — Health inspectors found safety shortcomings at 77 New York nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic, including basic infection-control violations like failing to have staff wear masks or wash their hands, according to records and ...

Saranac Laker will speak at global suicide prevention summit

SARANAC LAKE — Kathleen carterMartinez will be a presenter at the Hope Rising for Suicide Prevention Virtual Summit online Saturday. The Saranac Lake resident runs the Cheywind Center for Trauma and Healing here. She will present her film “Where Do We Come From? Where Do We Go?” about ...

ACA returning to Supreme Court, and Cobb blames Stefanik

In a virtual press conference Wednesday, Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb, who is running against incumbent Rep. Elise Stefanik in the Nov. 3 election, said Stefanik is responsible for a case on the Affordable Care Act going before the Supreme Court, which could rule the law ...

US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its state-of-the-art laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. “It is ...

A few new COVID cases in Essex, Franklin counties

Essex and Franklin counties recorded a few new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, but the region’s numbers remain below those of most of New York state, which is consistently doing better than the U.S. average. On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office reported two new positive test results ...

Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission’s report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes, but some panel members say that’s a misinterpretation of their conclusion that much remains to be done to safeguard ...

Watertown hospital will lay off 51

WATERTOWN — Still trying to cope with the economic fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Samaritan Health announced Thursday that 51 employees will be laid off, effective immediately. Additionally, 44 open positions will not be filled, resulting in a total of 95 impacted ...

Essex Center death toll rises to 11

Another Essex Center resident has died after contracting COVID-19, the Essex County Health Department reported Friday. The latest fatality brings the total death toll at the Elizabethtown nursing home and rehabilitation facility to 11 residents since Aug. 17: one person who received ...

As 2 more die, Essex Center company moves test lab in-house

ELIZABETHTOWN — Two more residents of the Essex Center nursing home and rehabilitation facility have died from COVID-19, the Essex County Health Department reported Wednesday. The deaths came as the company that operates the home, Centers Health Care, announced that it has transitioned ...

New Ti Health Center opens

TICONDEROGA — A new era of rural health care in southern Essex County was ushered in Tuesday as the new $7.6 million Ticonderoga Health Center within UVM Health Network-Elizabethtown Community Hospital’s Ticonderoga Campus officially opened. State Sen. Betty Little and Assemblyman ...

Second testing round finds all clear for COVID at Mercy nursing home

The Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake has seen zero new cases of COVID-19 since an employee tested positive last week. The nursing home, operated by Adirondack Health, conducted a second round of resident testing on Friday. All 57 of the facility’s residents received negative test ...

5 new COVID cases in Essex County, 3 tied to nursing home outbreak

Five new cases of COVID-19 in Essex County were announced on Monday, three of them tied to a coronavirus outbreak at a nursing home in the county seat. The three new cases at the Essex Center nursing home and rehabilitation facility announced Monday include two residents and one staff ...

Bold hopes for virus antibody tests still unfulfilled

WASHINGTON — At the height of the coronavirus lockdown, President Donald Trump and his top health advisers trumpeted a new test that would help Americans reclaim their lives — one that would tell them if they already had the virus and were protected from getting it again. Their ...

Nursing home sees 8th resident die

ELIZABETHTOWN — Another resident of an Elizabethtown nursing home has died of COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths connected to the outbreak at Essex Center to eight in the last 18 days. The person who died was not named, nor were the age or gender released. Health officials ...

Seven new COVID cases tied to Essex Center

Seven new cases of COVID-19 have been found in Essex County, all of them tied to a nursing home in the county seat. The seven new cases reported Thursday, at Essex Center in Elizabethtown, bring the total number of positive cases connected to the outbreak there to 95. Of the new cases ...

Nursing homes search for faster testing labs

As nursing homes fight to keep COVID out, a seemingly small decision has turned out to be critical to success or failure. The labs they use to test workers can give them an early warning of the virus or tell them about infections so late that the virus could have spread widely. In ...