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Mercy Care offers training for volunteer parish nurses

LAKE PLACID — If you’re a registered nurse and want to volunteer to help people on the side, a local charity organization is eager to train you and put you to work. Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, a mission sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, will offer the Foundations Course for Faith ...

Experts discuss how COVID severity gets passed on

SARANAC LAKE — Some people get COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, or none. Others catch the virus and end up hospitalized, or dead. What determines how it will go? Experts say one factor is how much of the virus one has in one's body. Another is the strength of each person’s immune ...

New York Senate advances nursing home reform

ALBANY — State senators voted on Monday to pass 11 pieces of legislation as part of a package to reform oversight and care at nursing homes in wake of recent controversy over state COVID-19 policies and publishing public health data from congregate facilities. Legislators moved bills to ...

One-stop shop addiction and mental health care expands

Drug and alcohol addiction and untreated mental health issues have long devastated many pockets of the North Country. But there are long waitlists for treatment, and often long drives to clinics in Syracuse and Albany. A new clinic in Malone is trying to change that. “We don’t see a ...

South African virus variant found in NY resident, Cuomo says

NEW YORK (AP) — The first case of the South African coronavirus variant has been discovered in a New York state resident, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. The South African variant case involved a resident of Long Island’s Nassau County, Cuomo said in a news release. The sequencing was ...

Health experts warn against spreading COVID-19 variants as states reopen

NEW YORK — As states lift mask rules and ease restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of falling case numbers, public health officials say authorities are overlooking potentially more dangerous COVID-19 variants that are quietly spreading through the U.S. Scientists widely ...

Cuomo administration ‘froze’ over nursing home data requests

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide told Democratic lawmakers that the administration took months to release data revealing how many people living at nursing homes died of COVID-19 because officials “froze” over worries the information was “going to be used against ...

Over 9,000 virus patients were sent into New York nursing homes

NEW YORK — More than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in New York state were released from hospitals into nursing homes early in the pandemic under a controversial directive that was scrapped amid criticism it accelerated outbreaks, according to new records obtained by The Associated ...

State to reallocate unused vaccines

ALBANY — The state will reallocate thousands of excess dosages of the coronavirus vaccine from long-term care facilities to increase supply after the federal government announced Tuesday that shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine will reflect an additional 5% increase to U.S. states in the ...

Nothing to sneeze at: Global warming triggers earlier pollen

When Dr. Stanley Fineman started as an allergist in Atlanta, he told patients they should start taking their medications and prepare for the drippy, sneezy onslaught of pollen season around St. Patrick’s Day. That was about 40 years ago. Now he tells them to start around St. Valentine’s ...

List of health problems to be vaccine-eligible, and how to sign up

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday released a list of comorbidities and underlying conditions that New York state will use to determine eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. New Yorkers who have one of the conditions on the list will be eligible for the vaccine beginning Feb. ...

Emma Atkinson given nursing award

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health maternity nurse Emma Atkinson is this year’s recipient of the Meghan E. Handler “Excellence in Nursing” memorial award. The award, established by Dr. Richard and Leslie Handler in memory of their daughter Meghan, is given annually to a registered ...

Most of county’s COVID cases are in prisons

Days after the peak of a COVID-19 spike at two state prisons in Malone, the number of cases is again rising each day. Franklin County on Monday reported 139 inmates at Franklin Correctional and 21 at Bare Hill Correctional are positive with the virus. That is down from a few days ago. Data ...

Pandemic’s deadliest month in US ends with signs of progress

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The deadliest month yet of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. drew to a close with certain signs of progress: COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are plummeting, while vaccinations are picking up speed. The question is whether the nation can stay ahead of the ...

Qutting tobacco takes support, some suffering

Dustin Sherman tried to quit smoking three times. “I always used the New York State Quitline every time I quit smoking,” said the sales manager at Hartleys Auto & RV Center in Polkville. But this last time, the Cortland man, 36, put a plan into place. “It takes trying and ...

AG report: NY underreported nursing home COVID deaths

ALBANY — New York’s total COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes are about 42% more than what the state Department of Health previously published, according to a report from the state attorney general’s office released Thursday morning. The DOH confirmed the higher numbers that afternoon, ...

New COVID strain found in Essex County

An Essex County resident has been diagnosed with the new U.K. variant of COVID-19. This strain of the coronavirus, which scientists believe is more contagious than earlier versions, has not been detected in Essex County before. No hospital in Clinton, Essex or Franklin counties has the ...

AG report: New York underreported nursing home COVID deaths

ALBANY — New York’s total COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes are about 42% more than what the state Department of Health previously published, according to a report from the state attorney general’s office released Thursday morning. The DOH confirmed the higher numbers that afternoon, ...

Seniors can get vaccines, but patience urged

New York state expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone over 65 years old more than two weeks ago. Ever since, many local seniors have reported having trouble scheduling an appointment to get vaccinated. The challenges seniors say they’re facing vary. Some aren’t familiar with ...