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Health

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, ...

Doctors struggle to stay true to science but not cross Trump

WASHINGTON — It’s becoming a kind of daily ritual: President Donald Trump and a phalanx of doctors file into the White House briefing room each evening to discuss the coronavirus, producing a display of rhetorical contortions as the medical officials try to stay true to the science ...

No, don’t inject disinfectant: Outcry over Trump’s musing

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s raising of unproven, even far-fetched ideas for fighting COVID-19 — including his latest musing about injecting disinfectants into people — triggered an outcry from health officials everywhere on Friday. It also highlighted his unconventional ...

Elder care tightens

SARANAC LAKE — Although the Saranac Village at Will Rogers elder residence has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its staff or residents, the facility issued a shelter-in-place order for the senior citizens it houses on Wednesday, as a precautionary measure. Jamie Whidden, Will Rogers’ ...

Stefanik presses for new hospital aid formula

Local hospitals say they are hemorrhaging revenue as the coronavirus pandemic stretches on. As hospital administrators continue to sound the alarm and underscore what they describe as a critical need for federal aid, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik is calling for funding allocated by Congress to ...

Cuomo: Antibody survey shows wide exposure to virus in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — More evidence is emerging that far more New Yorkers have had the coronavirus than the number confirmed by lab tests, officials said Thursday. A state survey of about 3,000 people found that nearly 14% had antibodies, suggesting they had been exposed to the virus, Gov. ...

NY grapples with COVID-19 deaths at nursing homes

ALBANY — With New York nursing homes reporting more than 3,500 COVID-19-related deaths over the past six weeks, several lawmakers are calling for a full reversal of a Cuomo administration policy that requires the facilities to accept patients who have tested positive for the ...

Elective surgeries allowed again in parts of New York state

NEW YORK — Hospitals in parts of New York will be able to conduct outpatient elective surgeries again, Cuomo said Tuesday as he pledged to consider regional differences when re-opening the state’s outbreak-stalled economy. The governor said elective treatments will be allowed in ...

Essex County COVID-19 total hits 38

SARANAC LAKE — After a five-day lull last week when Essex County saw no new test-confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, the number of test-confirmed cases rose to 24 on Monday, putting the total number of known or probable COVID-19 cases at 38 countywide. Essex County’s no-new-case ...

Adirondack Health: Federal aid isn’t enough

SARANAC LAKE — There were many challenges to delivering quality health care services in sparsely populated rural regions before the novel coronavirus. But many North Country hospital administrators now find themselves in a daily balancing act. The stakes are high. The pressure includes ...

‘LIBERATE!’: Trump pushes states to lift restrictions

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump urged supporters to “LIBERATE” three states led by Democratic governors Friday, apparently encouraging protests against stay-at-home restrictions. Some states under Republican leadership edged toward easing up the mandates aimed at stopping the ...

Virus-fueled conspiracy theories take aim at hospitals

The video lasts just 13 seconds and shows nothing more than the view from a car quietly driving past a hospital entrance. But the person who posted it on Twitter used the footage to sarcastically question reports of “apocalyptic conditions” at Mount Sinai Queens in New York ...