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Stafe Safe, by Rich Shaprio

Darkest before the light

400,000 dead in the US from COVID. And the national rate of fatalities has been increasing. Vaccinations have started. I am in the newly eligible group of those aged 65-plus and have an appointment for the end of February in Plattsburgh. My second dose would then be the end of March. ...

Patience saves lives

Vaccinations have started, but we are not yet out of the woods. It is estimated that we need 70-80% of the population to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. For New York state, that would be about 14 million people. So far, NYS has vaccinated about 500,000. The state’s current federal ...

Let’s save lives

To date, we have had zero fatalities in Saranac Lake due to COVID-19, but that can change very quickly. “Nine Saranac Lake residents dead from COVID-19.” That is what the headline would be if we had the same fatality rate as the rest of New York state. The number would ONLY be six if ...

Stop the spread

The “living room” spread of COVID-19 now accounts for about 75% of the virus’s transmission. Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve can combine to make our deadliest holiday season. In the Tri-Lakes area, most of the new cases are coming from exposure to acquaintances, ...

We must do better

We are getting worse with COVID-19, not better. We have had 77 deaths in the North Country from COVID-19, up 10 in the past week. In the last seven days, our North Country Region has gone from 4.1% positive to 5.1% positive. Five of our seven counties got significantly worse for % of people ...

Stay vigilant against COVID-19

Our North Country region has a higher seven-day average percent positive rate than New York City for COVID-19. It also has more people hospitalized with COVID-19 and fewer ICU beds available than any time since we started tracking back in March. The region, as of Sunday, has 52 people ...