Archives for March 2020

Franklin County COVID-19 Update

Franklin County has 5 positive cases. Individuals are in quarantine/isolation and contact tracing is occurring for those who have tested positive. Franklin County has a total of 61 on Isolation/Quarantine status. 92 negative tests have come back. Also, Franklin County would like to notify residents that police are investigating a scam regarding stimulus checks. It involves a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS trying to confirm their bank information so they can directly deposit the $1,200 check.

Town Of Franklin Clerk’s Office Open Tuesday For Tax Payments

Town of Franklin Town Clerk’s Office Will Be Open Tuesday, March 31, 9-2.
This is the last day to pay 2020 Property Taxes, in person, locally. The clerk encourages all to pay by mail or online. Payments postmarked on/before 3/31 are considered on time. Payments can also be made at

NYSEG, Parent Company Donating Protective Masks

NYSEG and RG&E, AVANGRID companies, today announced they are donating approximately 17,700 protective masks to assist health care workers across the state amid a shortage of protective gear for medical personnel fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The donation comes on the heels of Governor Cuomo’s call for assistance as New York continues to face increasing strains on the health care system.

Community Needs Fund Developed

Adirondack Foundation, in partnership with the United Way of the Adirondack Region. and other foundations and businesses, is activating a response fund to rapidly deploy flexible resources to help meet urgent community needs.
An initial $400,000 is available to use immediately, thanks to commitments from Adirondack Foundation,
Cloudsplitter Foundation, Charles R. Wood Foundation, United Way of the Adirondack Region, Adirondack
Energy’s Adirondack for Kids, Champlain National Bank and other generous donors.

Fifth Case Of COVID-19 Uncovered In Essex County

Essex County confirmed its fifth case of COVID-19 Wednesday evening. The Adirondack Daily Enterrise reported the patient was tested at Elizabethtown Community Hospital, according to Essex County Health Department Public Information Officer Andrea Whitmarsh. The person has traveled domestically, not internationally, recently. Essex County Public Health Director Linda Beers said Tuesday that it’s now clear the county is facing “community spread,

Rural Counties In New York Seeing Population Loss

Rural counties suffered the sharpest population drops in New York since 2010, according to census estimates released Thursday, the latest sign of a long-running exodus of people and jobs. Counties with the highest rate of loss in the nine-year period include Chenango (6.5%) and Delaware (8%) outside the Binghamton area, according to the 2019 population estimates. Sparsely populated Hamilton County in the Adirondacks posted a state-high 8.8% drop, a loss that’s felt in the quaint town of Indian Lake.

Franklin County Issues Statement To Visitors

The Franklin County Board of Legislature has issued the following statement to its visitors, weekenders, second homeowners and short-term rental owners and listings:
Franklin County currently has one (1) confirmed case of COVID 19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) and is responding with measures to proactively reduce further exposure as it impacts our limited resources.
To date we have seen an alarming influx of travelers from outside the County who are staying at second homes and short-term rentals, like Airbnb and Vrbo. While you may be seeking refuge from a larger amount of cases downstate, you must be aware that this is a global pandemic. You and your families have a critical role to fulfill in halting the rapid spread of this virus, which can be dangerous and even fatal to the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

Welcome Center Closed, But Not ‘Closed’

The Saranac Lake Area Chamber Of Commerce Welcome Center is closed to in-person visitation but the Center is not “closed,” as it transitions into a community information center; with business and community developments, updatied on its website. Also information is available via email or phone call to get you the answers to your questions.

Jones’ Statement On Food Supply

Assemblyman Billy Jones reaches out to grocery stores, farmers to maintain food supply He issued a release stating “As we confront the coronavirus pandemic, families across the state have, understandably, been flocking to grocery stores to stock up on supplies. In times like these, it’s important to remember that the best thing we can do is remain calm and support each other. That’s why I’m working with the North Country Chamber of Commerce and the Farm Bureau to maintain the food supply in our communities by offering support to local farmers and small businesses.”

Ranger Rescue In North Elba

A ranger rescue in North Elba. A caller contacted dispatch requesting assistance to locate a 46-year-old woman from Greenwich who was overdue from hiking Marcy, Skylight, and Gray trails. As Forest Rangers made sweeps of the trails at higher elevations, Forest Ranger Sarah Bode located the hiker on the trail. The woman hiked out on her own power at 2:53 p.m. and was brought to AMC Lake Placid for treatment.