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Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

Business

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the ...

As virus toll mounts in New York, more hospitals sought

Health

NEW YORK — New York’s battle to keep its hospitals from being overwhelmed by the coronavirus outbreak is entering a critical phase, as officials race to get hospitals built and supplies in place before medical centers become completely overwhelmed. Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered schools ...

3 Malone police officers in quarantine

Local News

MALONE — A third case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Franklin County, and three Malone police officers are in quarantine because one was in direct contact with one of the infected individuals. Franklin County Public Health Director Kathleen Strack was notified Thursday that a person ...

OneWorkSource helping remotely

Local News

PLATTSBURGH — After state-imposed restrictions on travel and gatherings were put in place last week due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of local businesses shut their doors and thousands of workers in the North Country have been laid off. The North Country’s OneWorkSource Centers ...

Local radio stations join #GiftCardChallenge

Local News

LAKE PLACID — North Country Radio, based in Lake Placid, rolled out a national public service announcement campaign on Thursday. The Gift Card Challenge was created to encourage individuals to buy gift cards from local shops and restaurants to show their support. “We’ve been hearing ...

Verizon, AT&T help customers amid outbreak

Local News

Verizon and AT&T have made changes for customers facing hardships as the result of mass layoffs and health concerns as the novel coronavirus continues to spread. Verizon sent a push notification to customers Friday announcing that it had added 15 gigabytes of data to each ...

Coronavirus: staying home advice for parents and children

Health

With the coronavirus pandemic here, parents have been keeping their distance while sending me questions about how stressful social distancing their children from other children can be for families who are now spending so much time together confined to their living space. Let me see if I can ...

How to unpack COVID-19 for kids

Health

PLATTSBURGH — In addition to working from home and/or homeschooling their children, parents also need to unpack the coronavirus for their children. “The key is to start talking to children as young as parents want to, but with developmentally appropriate language,” said Dr. Aron ...

Kinney Drugs gives raises, adds protective shields

Local News

GOUVERNEUR — Kinney Drugs is giving its 3,252 hourly employees a raise and installing new pharmacy shields as the novel coronavirus continues to spread. Pharmacies are among a number of businesses deemed “essential” by the state and exempt from closure requirements. All Kinney ...

AHI continues health plan enrollment by phone

Health

GLENS FALLS — Due to current circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Adirondack Health Institute’s Enrollment Assistance Services and Education (EASE) team has stopped seeing clients in person; however, it continues to offer free health insurance enrollment assistance via ...

If you don’t laugh, you cry

Health

BOSTON — Neil Diamond posts a fireside rendition of “Sweet Caroline” with its familiar lyrics tweaked to say, “Hands ... washing hands.” A news anchor asks when social distancing will end because “my husband keeps trying to get into the house.” And a sign outside a ...

Drugmaker backpedals on specialty status for COVID-19 medication

Business

WASHINGTON — Facing public criticism, the maker of a promising coronavirus drug said Wednesday it will waive a special regulatory designation that could have allowed it to block competition and boost profits for its treatment. Gilead Sciences said it will ask U.S. regulators to revoke ...

It’s a 3-way House race

Local News

A new political contender has entered the race for New York’s 21st Congressional District seat, representing the relatively new Serve America Movement (SAM) Party. Jeffrey French, of Natural Bridge on the Jefferson-Lewis county line, is officially registered as a candidate with the ...

ORDA sorts out non-essential construction details

Local News

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is currently looking into how the governor’s shutdown of all non-essential construction will affect its venue upgrades. “We are looking at that right now, and we’ll know exactly what that implication is,” said Scott ...

Ray Brook federal prison has confirmed case of COVID-19

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RAY BROOK — A staff member at the federal prison in Ray Brook has contracted COVID-19. The case at FCI Ray Brook was confirmed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons on Thursday. It’s unclear where the staffer was tested for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and what county ...

Franklin County confirms 2nd case

Local News

SARANAC LAKE — A second case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Franklin County on Thursday, bringing the countywide total up to two. The person was tested at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone on Wednesday, according to Franklin County Public Health Director Kathleen Strack. The department ...

More than 80,500 apply for benefits in New York

Local News

Last week, more than 80,500 people filed initial claims for unemployment in New York, an increase of at least 284% in each of New York’s 10 labor market regions, according to the state Department of Labor. From Monday, March 16 to Saturday, March 21, the state DOL received more ...

Through a glass, brightly

Local News

LAKE PLACID — Though St. Eustace Episcopal Church has closed to the public due to the coronavirus, two seventh-graders, Lexi Coffin and Norah Galvin, have painted the windows with encouraging messages of peace, hope, love and faith. Coffin and Galvin said it has been difficult missing ...

Seasonal homes on St. Lawrence opening months earlier than usual

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CLAYTON — It appears some people from the city are heading to their second homes in the North Country months earlier than usual. Vice President Mike Pence recently issued a call to anyone who lives in the New York metro area: If you leave, self-quarantine for two weeks. They are ...