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COVID-19 Information






Franklin County Public Health Announces Open COVID-19 Vaccination (Moderna) Clinics...here



Expanded Eligibility Across NYS: All New Yorkers are eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine at the following dates:



  • 3/30/2021 30 years and older, comorbidity status, and employee eligible. 





COVID-19 Vaccine: Get the Facts

Who's first? How is distribution happening? What can we do to continue to protect ourselves? 



Attention: Covid-19 Cases are increasing in Franklin County.

In order to reduce the spread of infection:


  • Reduce Gathering Sizes

  • Comply with the face covering requirements of New York State.

  • Socially distance 6 feet and wear your face covering.

  • Wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces.



New York State COVID-19 Tracker cumulative positive cases by county HERE


If You Test More, You Get More Positives, Right?  Actually, no. 

Testing had increased and the number of SARS-CoV-2 positives had continued to fall. Until, we saw an increase starting in Week 25 (of 2020), which contined for four weeks. As of Week 30, the number of new infections has slowly trended down.  As of Week 39, we are still showing number of new infections above that in Week 24, and the highest spike to date.  When we see a spike in number of positive test results, we need to check our social distancing practices (six feet physical distancing or mask use when you can't). It is simple and effective. Click HERE for more information on the spread and the containment of the novel coronavirus. .




NYS Rollout of the Excelsior Pass- An App for individual COVID-19 data


NYS has assured the public that it is a secure way to present proof at businesses or large venues such as a wedding, of your COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results. Easily retrieve and save proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test with the Excelsior Pass. Participating businesses and venues may use the Excelsior Pass Scanner app to verify your Pass. There are currently three different types of passes available to individuals on the free app: COVID-19 PCR Test Pass, COVID-19 Vaccination Pass, and a COVID-19 Antigen Test Pass

Why Download It?

Weddings and Catered Events: Weddings and catered events can operate at 50 percent capacity, with no more than 150 people per event, as long as all patrons are tested before the event. Specifically, patrons or guests must have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of the start time of the event.

Major Stadiums and Sports Arenas: At major stadiums and arenas, spectators must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours, COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours, or proof of full vaccination (to be fully vaccinated you must have completed your vaccine series at least 14 days prior). As of April 1, smaller sports venues can also reopen with spectators under the same guidelines for proof of a negative test or vaccination.

Events, Arts and Entertainment Venues: Starting April 2, venues can welcome more people with proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test for entry.




What is COVID-19?

SARS-CoV-2, is a novel coronavirus. A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus was... MORE


How can I protect myself and prevent spreading the virus?

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, follow these steps to protect yourself ...MORE


Should I wear a mask?

Effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020 any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance. For guidance on how to wear and/or make a mask CLICK HERE.


What is "social distancing"?

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing....MORE


Is our local hospital, Adirondack Health, testing for COVID-19?


Adirondack Health expands regional COVID-19 testing, implements standing orders at all test sites  – Following the receipt of 2,000 additional COVID-19 test kits from Trudeau Institute, Adirondack Health has devised a plan to significantly expand testing throughout the region. ...MORE


What if I came into contact with a COVID-19 positive person or someone under investigation?

If you were in close contact with someone with COVID-19 while they were ill but you are not sick:

  1. Report it to your physician (Call. Do not go to the office, Urgent Care or Emergency Department).
  2. You should monitor your health for fever, cough, and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day you were.....MORE

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Someone in self-quarantine stays...MORE


More FAQs from NYS Department of Health HERE



The Latest COVID-19 Symptoms, Questions and Answers From Infectious Disease Expert Tim Lahey, MD  HERE





What are local essential businesses doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

To help prevent spread of COVID-19, procedures and supplies should be in place to encourage proper hand and respiratory hygiene...MORE


How are businesses using personal protective equipment (ppe) in the work place? 

Responsible Parties (owners/operators of businesses) must require that employees use masks or cloth face coverings when  interacting with customers.  Responsible Parties shall not permit..MORE


Where can I find NYS and OSHA guidance on reopening my business? 

The North Country Chamber of Commerce has maintained a comprehensive list of resources to navigate...MORE



Franklin County Signage for Business Owners HERE

COVID-19 Information


For questions regarding COVID-19 and the Village's response please contact the Public Health Officer, Ray Scollin at PublicHealth@saranaclakeny.gov


For a list of county, regional, and NYS emergency COVID-19 contacts, click here.

News & Updates

To get the most recent updates follow the Village of Saranac Lake on social media:





Franklin County Map of Cases by Town


NYS COVID-19 Tracker


NYS County Health Officials


NYS Vaccination Distribution



Find all of the business resources, county and state resources, and more COVID-19 information in 'Documents and Forms.'

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