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Health officials urge caution in reopening

As the state and national conversation turns toward the gradual reopening of the economy, local health officials urge residents to continue taking safety precautions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and avoid a second wave of infections. On Wednesday, the same day Gov. Andrew ...

Dentists’ patients can’t wear masks, so extra safety steps are needed

Sitting in close proximity to another person and exposing one’s open, mask-less mouth to an instrument that will spray saliva into the air is likely not an experience people are happily anticipating in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. As businesses open back up and stay-at-home orders ...

Testing available for many

COVID-19 testing is now available for workers deemed essential by New York state, those with symptoms, those whose return to work hinges upon a negative result, those ordered by their doctor or a county health department to get tested, prison inmates and corrections officers, nursing home ...

Health officials urge caution in reopening

As the state and national conversation turns toward the gradual reopening of the economy, local health officials urge residents to continue taking safety precautions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and avoid a second wave of infections. On Wednesday, the same day Gov. Andrew ...

Governor says North Country can start limited reopening this weekend

WATERTOWN — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaking at Jefferson Community College Wednesday morning, said the North Country has met all the parameters to reopen some businesses starting Friday. The last of seven criteria the region need to meet was 30 per 1,000 residents tested for COVID-19 each ...

Workshop co-sponsors Nurses Week celebration at Adirondack Health

LAKE PLACID — Workshop, a marketing company based in Lake Placid, co-sponsored a Nurses Week celebration at Adirondack Health workers. Nurses Week, which ran from May 6 to 12, recognizes nurses throughout the country for their hard work. Workshop donated baked goods and fruit cups from ...

State lets 3 regions start reopening Saturday

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that the state is authorizing the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley regions to begin the process of reopening its economies, starting Saturday. The North Country could be among the next economic development regions to reopen. It meets six ...

Cuomo: 3 upstate regions can reopen Saturday — not North Country

NEW YORK — Several regions of upstate New York that have shown progress in taming the coronavirus outbreak are ready to gradually restart economic activity by the end of the week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Meanwhile, New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus may be thousands ...

NY to require virus testing for nursing home staffers

ALBANY — New York nursing homes must start twice-weekly coronavirus testing for all staffers and will no longer be sent COVID-19 patients leaving hospitals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday after facing criticism over the handling of nursing facility outbreaks. New York City is ...

Trudeau Institute makes COVID test liquid for hospital

SARANAC LAKE — Trudeau Institute is developing thousands of COVID-19 test elements for Adirondack Health, expanding the testing capacity at the Adirondack Medical Center hospital by nearly ten-fold. Specifically, the institute is producing the viral transport media, the chemical liquid ...

Elected officials give Stefanik feedback in work sessions

PLATTSBURGH — The need for increased testing capacity, broadband coverage and cell service, direct aid and tourism numbered among the topics discussed in virtual working group meetings hosted by Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, with leaders from all counties in New York’s 21st ...

Trudeau Institute supplies hospital with COVID test liquid

SARANAC LAKE — Trudeau Institute is developing thousands of COVID-19 test elements for Adirondack Health, expanding the testing capacity at the Adirondack Medical Center hospital by nearly ten-fold. Specifically, the institute is producing the viral transport media, the chemical liquid ...

Venerable but vulnerable: Centenarians hit hard by virus

BOSTON — Centenarians have always been a rare breed. Now they’re an endangered species. The 100-plus crowd — those most venerable of human beings — is succumbing rapidly and heartbreakingly to the coronavirus pandemic. Entire limbs are being lopped off family trees, and their ...

Survey: Most new COVID-19 patients in NY not working, older

NEW YORK (AP) — The great majority of people being newly hospitalized with the coronavirus in New York are either retired or unemployed and were avoiding public transit, according to a new state survey, the first such look at people still getting seriously ill despite six weeks of severe ...

Cuomo: Consider human cost in economic reopenings

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo argued that officials who are reopening economies need to be upfront about the human costs. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is adding staff to the city’s deluged 311 helpline, and police prepared for nightly subway closures. Coronavirus ...

Uihlein resident tests positive for COVID-19

LAKE PLACID — Elderwood of Uihlein has confirmed one resident of the nursing home has tested positive for COVID-19. Chuck Hayes, vice president of marketing and communications for the Elderwood chain of elder-care facilities, said the company has isolated the resident and reported the ...

Communication, testing remain challenges at the county level

County health departments across New York’s 21st Congressional District share many of the same problems. Access to testing materials such as swabs and chemicals, the need to expand contact tracing to keep tabs on people who are tested and investigate other potential exposures, and ...

Lake Placid nursing home resident tests positive for COVID-19

LAKE PLACID — Elderwood of Uihlein has confirmed one resident of the nursing home has tested positive for COVID-19. Chuck Hayes, vice president of marketing and communications for the Elderwood chain of elder-care facilities, said the company has isolated the resident and reported the ...

Cuomo lays out steps to reopen; North Country has met 5 of his 7 criteria

Gov. Andew Cuomo laid out the requirements for reopening regions of New York Monday at his coronavirus briefing. Cuomo’s PAUSE order, which put a freeze on many businesses and told residents to stay at home, expires on May 15, and Cuomo said regions could start choosing to reopen that ...