Alice Hyde Medical Center on Friday temporarily suspended its Student and
Volunteer programs, restricted the use of hospital facilities by community members and outside groups, and announced temporary protocols for hospital visitors which go into effect today. They include limiting patients to two designated visitors, and requiring all visitors to enter through the hospital’s Main Entrance on Park Street, where they will undergo mandatory screenings. The hospital will also restrict use of Alice Hyde Dining Center and Park Street Café by the general public, although both facilities will still be open to patient visitors.


Malone Central was ordered by the health department to cancel all events where large crowds attend until further notice. CYO Basketball is one of the groups to which this applies. Therefore, all CYO games have been postponed until further notice.
Malone Adult League games WILL go on as scheduled.


Despite the fact that so far, there have been no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Franklin County, the county has declared a state of emergency… as of Saturday… in response to the outbreak that this weekend, produced the first fatality in New York state. The state of emergency will remain in effect until April 20th. Other steps taken to address the virus over the weekend, were the announcement by Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill, that visits to the county jail have been suspended. On Saturday, the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES announced that all schools in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties will be closed until at least mid-April. Schools in the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES service area were still scheduled to operate normally as of Saturday evening… that according to the latest edition of the Malone Telegram, which also reports that the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the state exceeded 500 as of Saturday afternoon, although none were reported in any of the counties making up the North Country. Schools and organizations around the region are however, canceling or postponing all events that are expected to attract large numbers of people.


The New York State Commissioner of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, has suspended all visitation at all state correctional facilities, effective immediately and until further notice, in an effort to isolate inmates from the developing coronavirus threat. The department issued a statement, saying that the safety of corrections officers and civilian staff comes first, and this decision will undoubtedly go a long way to keep them, as well as the inmates and their families, safe.


Also, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Traffic Court has suspended all initial appearances and hearing until at least April 20. Drivers who have been issued traffic citations can enter pleas or pay fines by mail or in person at the court office.


Back on February 23rd at about 2:30 p.m., a man walked out of the Walmart in Potsdam on State Route 11 with four tires, valued at $167 each, without paying for them. Store employees attempted to stop him, but police say he continued out of the store, loaded the tires into what is believed to be a dark colored Dodge Dakota pick-up truck, and drove away in the direction of the village of Potsdam. Anyone with information is asked to contact troopers at (518) 873-2750.


The town of Waverly… according to an announcement on Friday by the office of State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli… failed to file mandated reports the state uses to calculate municipal tax caps for the past three years. DiNapoli’s offices said that Waverly was one of 27 municipalities statewide, which has been “persistently delinquent” in filing required financial data to the state. The tax cap reports enable the state to calculate the amount of growth in a municipality’s tax levy permitted under the state’s so-called 2% tax cap. Of those 27 municipalies called out in the report, five of them… including Waverly, Morehouse and Antwerp… did not file their cap information for at least the past three years. DiNapoli said that failing to file for three or more years calls into question the financial position of the locality as well as the effectiveness of the local government’s financial management.


A New York State physician was sentenced on Friday, to 54 Months in Prison for distribution of opioids, health care fraud, aggravated identity yheft, and obstruction of justice. 50 year old Myra Mabry of Catskill, impersonated her patients and defrauded insurance companies as part of the opioids distribution scheme, and then obstructed the investigation into her criminal activities. Mabry… an obstetrician -gynecologist… pled guilty last August. After she serves her prison sentence, Mabry will have to serve another 3 years under supervised release.


The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe received a $2 million federal grant for continuing upgrades of its affordable housing stock less than two weeks ago. Now, the tribe will be getting another windfall. Yesterday, it was awarded nearly $200,000 in addition to the earlier money, to provide services for public housing. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that the Akwesasne Housing Authority would receive $199,768 to hire or retain service coordinators who help public housing residents with employment training, financial literacy services, educational opportunities and health and wellness programs. The grant was part of $36 million in federal funds awarded nationwide.


The search is on now, for customers who may have visited the CVS on Main Street in Queensbury last week, after the pharmacist working there tested positive for coronavirus. Health care officials in Warren County say the risk of transmission is considered low, but to be safe, they want anyone who may have visited that store last Monday, March 2nd from 9am to 5pm or Wednesday, March 4th from 8am to 5pm… when the affected pharmacist was working, to watch for possible illness. There were about 400 customers who picked up prescriptions during that time period, and they are being contacted. There were no plans to ask any of them to be quarantined. The greater risk of transmission… according to the county health department… was to the pharmacist’s four co-workers, who have agreed to self-quarantine until March 18th. No one yet has shown any symptoms.