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12 Essex, Franklin County residents have now recovered from COVID-19

SARANAC LAKE — At least 12 Essex and Franklin County residents have now recovered after contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Neither county had reported any deaths from the ailment as of Monday. As of Monday, 12 people in Franklin County who had tested ...

A month after New York’s 1st virus death, toll hits 10,000

NEW YORK — New York’s coronavirus death toll has now topped 10,000 only about a month after the state recorded its first fatality, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. The state tallied 671 new deaths on Sunday. It was the first time in a week the daily toll dipped below 700. Cuomo said the ...

MVP Health Care waives costs for COVID testing, treatment

SCHENECTADY — MVP Health Care, which includes Franklin and Essex counties in its 700,000-member market across New York and Vermont, announced Tuesday it is waiving all costs related to testing and treatment of COVID-19. “Now more than ever, our members must have access to services that ...

93-year-old: The pandemic is what ales her

SEMINOLE, Pa. (AP) — A 93-year-old Pittsburgh-area woman is using the powers of the internet to keep a stock of beer while doing her part to “flatten the curve” on the coronavirus pandemic. Olive Veronesi posed in her window with a dry erase board that read “I NEED MORE BEER!!” ...

State order that nursing homes accept COVID-19 transfers gets pushback

Nursing home residents are getting scared as they prepare for new neighbors who have coronavirus. The state told nursing homes, two weeks ago, that they could not reject a transfer from a local hospital simply because the person had tested positive for coronavirus. While nursing homes ...

New York virus deaths rise fast, but hospitalizations slow

NEW YORK — New York COVID-19-related deaths jumped yet again by more than 700 in a day, while hospitals battling the outbreak reported encouraging news. On the economic front, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said testing would have to be ramped up dramatically to put New York back in business and the ...

Inmate, 7 COs test positive at FCI Ray Brook

RAY BROOK — An inmate at the Federal Correctional Institute at Ray Brook has tested positive for COVID-19, and the number of infected staff at the facility has grown to seven, the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed Friday. Earlier this month the BOP issued a nationwide ...

Malone leads COVID count in Franklin County

The town of Malone shows the most people quarantined for possible exposure to, or diagnosed with, COVID-19 in Franklin County. At the direction of the county Legislature, Franklin County Public Health released town-level data on COVID-19 cases on Friday. Unlike in neighboring Essex ...

Malone leads Franklin County in reported COVID cases and quarantines

The town of Malone shows the most people diagnosed and quarantined for COVID-19 in Franklin County. At the direction of the the county Board of Legislators, Franklin County Public Health released town-level data on COVID-19 cases on Friday. Unlike in neighboring Essex County, Franklin ...

‘You can’t relax’: NY deaths up, but hospital trends hopeful

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York state reported a record number of coronavirus deaths for a third consecutive day, though trends on hospitalizations were more hopeful. State health officials now say they support people covering their faces in public, while New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the ...

North Elba has most COVID-19 cases in Essex County

LAKE PLACID — The town of North Elba has the most COVID-19 cases in Essex County, new data from the county Health Department shows. There were three test-confirmed cases in North Elba as of Tuesday, plus one suspected case. The town of Keene has one test-confirmed case. There are ...

First COVID-19 death reported in St. Lawrence County

OGDENSBURG — Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center reported the death of a COVID-19 patient Wednesday morning. This is the first COVID-19 death reported in the north country, following Tuesday’s report that two Oswego County residents died of the virus in a hospital outside the county. The ...

NY has biggest 1-day jump in virus deaths

NEW YORK -- New York state reported 731 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, its biggest jump since the start of the outbreak, dampening some of the cautious optimism officials have expressed about efforts to stop the spread of the virus. The state's death toll grew to 5,489. The alarming surge in ...

Essex County supers order town-level COVID-19 data to be public

The Essex County Health Department is now required to release more hyper-local information on the novel coronavirus outbreak. After weeks of public health officials declining to share town-level statistics related to the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Essex County Board of ...

Debate heats up over using anti-malaria drug for COVID-19

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and members of his administration are growing emphatic in promoting an anti-malaria drug not yet officially approved for fighting COVID-19, even though scientists say more testing is needed before it’s proven safe and effective against the ...

Coronavirus patients rush to join studies of Gilead drug

The new coronavirus made Dr. Jag Singh a patient at his own hospital. His alarm grew as he saw an X-ray of his pneumonia-choked lungs and colleagues asked his wishes about life support while wheeling him into Massachusetts General’s intensive care unit. When they offered him a chance ...

Will Rogers adapts with window visits, flowers, games

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Village at Will Rogers elder residence is on lockdown, only allowing outsiders in for medical visits, but Executive Director Jamie Whidden said he is still trying to find ways to keep residents connected. Life inside has changed drastically. Residents and ...

Franklin and Essex numbers on rise

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Essex and Franklin counties is climbing, but the reality is likely far higher than the numbers released by each county’s health department, as testing in the North Country is still severely limited. The two counties’ three hospitals — ...