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NY joining six states to buy vital gear in bulk

NEW YORK — New York is banding together with six nearby states to purchase equipment and supplies that sometimes have been hard to come by during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday. Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is praising residents for mostly ...

Testing expanded for COVID-19

SARANAC LAKE — Local hospitals and clinics are gradually opening COVID-19 testing to more groups of people. While local hospitals have restricted testing to specific criteria, Mountain Medical Urgent Care — which has offices in Saranac Lake, Massena and Malone — is testing ...

Cuomo announces that school will stay remote

ALBANY — New York’s schools and colleges will remain shut through the end of the academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. The order, which applies to 4.2 million students statewide, continues a shutdown that had been set to expire May 15. The ...

Kids camps on hold

As local summer camps await direction on how, when and if they will open this summer, their directors are preparing for a multitude of possibilities, including altered or even virtual camps. On Friday, while leaving his daily press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave some guidance, ...

Nationally, 70% of federal inmates tested for COVID are positive

RAY BROOK — Figures from federal prisons show that of the 2,700 inmates who have been tested for COVID-19 nationwide, 2,000 — 70% — have tested positive. Numbers at the Federal Correctional Institution at Ray Brook have remained the same for around a week now: five inmates and six ...

Stefanik to host groups to inform reopening

Next week, Rep. Elise Stefanik will start virtually meeting with working groups who represent various sectors of the North Country for their input on gradually reopening the region’s economy. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, has been appointed to both President Donald Trump’s Task Force to ...

St. Joe’s, BHSN receive major federal grants

SARANAC LAKE — Federal grants announced this week will help two North Country agencies care for people with addiction and mental health issues over the next two years. On Friday, St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers, based in Saranac Lake, and Behavioral Health ...

Home safety in isolation

With the coronavirus here and children isolated at home with their parents, home safety becomes a priority. So, to prevent anyone from falling down on their job of making their homes safe for children, I thought I’d take aim at some home safety tips so everyone stays injury-free. - Fall ...

Summer camps await guidance on whether they can open

As local summer camps await direction on how, when and if they will open this summer, their directors are preparing for a multitude of possibilities, including altered or even virtual camps. On Friday, while leaving his daily press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave some guidance, saying, ...

Activities continue, differently, at Lake Placid nursing home

The coronavirus outbreak has been difficult for the elderly, especially those at nursing homes, as they are among the most vulnerable populations and have been on lockdown in elder care facilities. But the activities staff at Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid say they are trying to make ...

Groups sow doubt about COVID vaccine before one even exists

NEW YORK — A coronavirus vaccine is still months or years away, but groups that peddle misinformation about immunizations are already taking aim, potentially eroding confidence in what could be humanity’s best chance to defeat the virus. In recent weeks, vaccine opponents have made ...

For North Country hospitals, aid falls short

SARANAC LAKE — New York hospitals have received more than $1.4 billion in federal aid as part of the latest round of funding through the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. But for North Country hospitals, revenue shortfalls continue to outpace incoming ...

Tupper EMT is mourned

A procession of cars, ambulances and fire trucks a mile long drove through Chateaugay on Saturday as members of fire and emergency medical service groups from counties all over the North Country paid their respects to Jonathan “Thunder” Damon, who died Thursday while working a shift with ...

150 nursing home residents ill from virus in Warren and Washington counties

It is perhaps the worst place for coronavirus to hit: an ambulatory Alzheimer’s wing of a nursing home. But that’s where it has struck at Fort Hudson, a facility in Fort Edward. The virus is also sweeping through the top floor of The Pines at Glens Falls, one side of The Landing ...

As NY COVID-19 deaths drop, Cuomo outlines regional restarts

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined how stay-at-home restrictions could be eased for parts of New York where the coronavirus outbreak is less severe. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that city-run health clinics will soon use a testing procedure that lets people collect samples ...

New York nixes Democratic presidential primary due to virus

ALBANY — In an unprecedented move, New York has canceled its Democratic presidential primary that was scheduled for June 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic members of the State’s Board of Elections voted Monday to nix the primary. New York will still hold its ...

New York’s virus death toll falls to lowest level in weeks

NEW YORK — New York’s daily coronavirus death toll dropped slightly, state leaders braced for a $13.3 billion budget hit, and residents will be receiving applications for mail-in ballots. Details on developments in the coronavirus outbreak in New York: - The numbers New York ...

Crowd welcomes home FCI Ray Brook CO recovering from COVID

DICKINSON CENTER — There’s no place like home — especially after spending 21 days in the hospital, 18 of them in the intensive care unit and 13 on a ventilator — after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. Dickinson Center resident Andy Hastings — a member of the Dickinson ...

Franklin County takes cautious approach to reopening

MALONE — Franklin County officials are adopting a go-slow approach to reopening the local economy, even as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo eyes a region-by-region resumption of some businesses and events. Cuomo’s plan is contingent on the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus within a region ...

Coronavirus shakes the conceit of ‘American exceptionalism’

WASHINGTON — What if the real “invisible enemy” is the enemy from within — America’s very institutions? When the coronavirus pandemic came from distant lands to the United States, it was met with cascading failures and incompetencies by a system that exists to prepare, protect, ...