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New York State Number Of New COVID-19 Positive Test Results (Updated Fridays after 2 PM)

COVID-19 Information





If You Test More, You Get More Positives, Right?  Actually, no.  See data graph that rotates on this dashboard.

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.


Past Announcements and Advisories:


NYS Governor Cuomo (Executive Order No. 205): Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York.


Avoid Accidental Poisonings: Five COVID-19 Safety and Cleaning Tips




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


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


Moving toward re-opening:


Phase 4 Begins For The North Country

As of June 26, 2020


What does this mean?

  1. Industries in Phase 4 can join those found in Phase 1, 2 and 3 in reopening contingent on implementing new safety guidelines
  2. Essential businesses not under Phase 1, 2 and 3 can continue to operate within the guidelines for essential operations
  3. New guidance for the following industries are published on New York Forward.

New York State issued guidance for Phase IV, which will allow:

  • low-risk indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment
  • film and TV production
  • higher education
  • professional sports without fans.



As of Friday, July 10th, Shopping Malls who meet NYS Guidelines may reopen. To view the guidelines Shopping Malls must meet, click HERE.




COVID-19 Information


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


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:





NYS ON PAUSE: all of the news and updates about COVID-19 from NYS


NYS COVID-19 Tracker


NYS County Health Officials



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




For a list of area closures and current status of local restaurants, retail and other businesses visit the Chamber of Commerce webpage