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Recreational pot laws may boost traffic deaths, studies say

Laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic deaths, two new studies suggest, although questions remain about how they might influence driving habits. Previous research has had mixed results and the new studies, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, can’t prove ...

Hospitals opening to visitors

SARANAC LAKE — Some hospitals around the region are starting to allow visitors again, and Adirondack Medical Center hopes to follow suit starting Monday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that New York state would start to let hospitals — but not nursing homes — admit people to ...

Governor ends daily COVID-19 briefings

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrapped up a string of more than 100 daily briefings that became appointment viewing around the nation, alternatively informative, grave, jocular and combative, by declaring Friday that New York has “done the impossible” in taming the coronavirus. Cuomo ...

Adirondack Health still testing for COVID-19

SARANAC LAKE — This coming week, Adirondack Health will offer additional off-peak hours for testing at Adirondack Medical Center’s COVID-19 clinic in Saranac Lake. Drive-up testing will be available from 8 to 10 a.m. on Monday and 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, by appointment. The COVID-19 ...

NY hospitals can now allow visitors at their discretion

ALBANY — New York hospitals can now allow visitors at their discretion, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. Hospitals must follow state guidelines, which include time-limits on visits and requiring visitors to wear protective gear, Cuomo said. Visitors also will be subject to symptom and ...

NY hospitals can now allow visitors at their discretion

ALBANY — New York hospitals can now allow visitors at their discretion, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. Hospitals must follow state guidelines, which include time-limits on visits and requiring visitors to wear protective gear, Cuomo said. Visitors also will be subject to symptom and ...

Hospital extends hours for COVID-19 tests

SARANAC LAKE — On Tuesday, Adirondack Health will offer extended evening hours for testing at Adirondack Medical Center’s COVID-19 clinic in Saranac Lake. Drive-up testing will be available from noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, by appointment. The mobile testing clinic will be in the ...

Some states hit pause, others press on amid virus spike

AUSTIN, Texas — Utah and Oregon put any further reopening of their economies on hold amid a spike in coronavirus cases, but there was no turning back Friday in such states as Texas, California, Arkansas and Arizona despite flashing warning signs there, too. One by one, states are ...

CDC posts long-awaited tips for minimizing everyday risk

NEW YORK — Take the stairs, not the elevator, down from your hotel room. Encourage people to bring their own food and drinks to your cookout. Use hand sanitizer after banking at an ATM. Call ahead to restaurants and nail salons to make sure staff are wearing face coverings. And no ...

Adirondack Health now offers breast MRI services

SARANAC LAKE — On Tuesday, Adirondack Health began offering breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services for the first time at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Breast MRI is primarily used as a supplemental tool to breast screening with mammography or ultrasound. It may be ...

Adirondack Health COVID-19 mobile testing schedule

SARANAC LAKE — Next week, Adirondack Health’s mobile testing clinic will be in the following locations: ¯ Tuesday, June 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bloomingdale Elementary School, 93 West Main St., Bloomingdale ¯ Wednesday, June 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Northwood School, 92 Northwood Road, ...

Mercy employee, re-tested for COVID-19, now negative

A Mercy Living Center employee who initially tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, prompting dozens of people to enter precautionary quarantine, has now tested negative for the disease. A spokesman for Adirondack Health, which owns and operates the Tupper Lake nursing home, confirmed ...

Franklin County quarantines spike

The number of people in quarantine in Franklin County spiked on Monday, one day after an employee of Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake tested positive for COVID-19. On Monday, the number of people in isolation or quarantine countywide increased from nine to 70, according to data ...

Mercy employee has tested positive for COVID-19

TUPPER LAKE — An employee at Mercy Living Center tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday. Matt Scollin, spokesman for Adirondack Health which owns and runs the Tupper Lake nursing home, wrote in a press release that all Mercy Living Center staff have been tested twice per week since May 10, ...

Mercy employee tests positive for COVID-19

TUPPER LAKE — An employee at Mercy Living Center tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday. Matt Scollin, spokesman for Adirondack Health which owns and runs the Tupper Lake nursing home, wrote in a press release that all Mercy Living Center staff have been tested twice per week since May 10, as ...

OK, now we’re in Phase 2

The North Country region has now been given the green light to move forward into Phase 2 reopening, effective immediately. Phase 2 includes hair salons and barber shops, office-based jobs such as insurance and financial services, real estate and rental leasing, and some in-store retail. ...