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Trudeau Institute studies COVID-19 while helping local hospital

SARANAC LAKE — The disease was highly infectious. It spread through the air when someone coughed or sneezed, it attacked the lungs. It killed millions of people. That was more than 100 years ago. At the forefront of treating and researching the disease was a Saranac Lake physician, Dr. ...

Adirondack Health announces COVID-19 testing times, locations

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has announced dates, times and locations for the next week of its free drive-thru coronavirus testing clinic. Testing is open to everyone, symptomatic or asymptomatic, regardless of employment status or category. A doctor’s order is suggested but not ...

Federal prison system to begin moving nearly 7,000 inmates

WASHINGTON — The federal Bureau of Prisons will begin moving about 6,800 inmates who have been waiting in local detention centers across the U.S. to federal prisons to avoid jail overcrowding in the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Friday. It’s not clear when it would begin. The ...

Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him

WASHINGTON — “A Trump enemy statement,” he said of one study. “A political hit job,” he said of another. As President Donald Trump pushes to reopen the country despite warnings from doctors about the consequences of moving too quickly during the coronavirus crisis, he has ...

Understanding the problem of food insecurity

The coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on all of us. This includes perhaps our physical or emotional health and the impact it has had on our financial well-being. There are many people who may not be able to afford providing three healthy meals a day for their family. We call ...

Added stress of COVID-19 not limited to those getting behavioral health care

MALONE — Individuals receiving support for mental health or addiction have had to cope with the added pressure of COVID-19. The personal challenges posed by the public health emergency are not limited to those receiving mental health or addiction treatment, which is why the clinical staff at ...

Ticks don’t do social distancing; COVID-19, Lyme disease can look similar

Tick season is heating up in the Adirondacks, and while most people are focused on not contracting COVID-19 right now, local physicians, infectious disease experts and tick-borne illness experts are worried people may forget that another viral danger lurks in the woods. Tick-borne ...

Stefanik spars with Cuomo staff on request to probe nursing home deaths

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, is in a war of words with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s staff, after she blamed the governor for the high number of nursing home deaths in the state. Stefanik joined the other Republican New York members of the House of Representatives in calling for an ...

Karen Pence speaks on health benefits of getting outdoors

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Second Lady Karen Pence visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park to talk about the mental health benefits of spending time outdoors as officials announced the second phase of a plan to reopen all park trails. Pence was accompanied on her visit Tuesday by ...

Democrats: Fired watchdog was looking into Saudi arms sale

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats say the State Department watchdog fired by President Donald Trump last week was investigating possible impropriety in a massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia last year, adding new questions to the watchdog’s abrupt dismissal. Democrats said Monday ...

Moderna: Early coronavirus vaccine results encouraging

An experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers, its maker announced Monday. Study volunteers given either a low or medium dose of the vaccine by Cambridge, ...

NY testing expands to Phase 1 workers

New York has more than 700 testing sites where all individuals who will return to the workplace under the state’s Phase 1 reopening plan can get tested for the virus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that the state has doubled testing capacity to reach 40,000 diagnostic tests per day. ...

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 ...