Posts on May 2020

Covid-19 Testing Available in Long Lake, NY May 22

Adirondack Health’s mobile testing clinic will be in the following locations:

Friday, May 29 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Long Lake Central School, 20 School Rd., Long Lake, NY 12847

To schedule an appointment, please contact your primary care provider or the COVID-19 clinic at 518-897-2462. There is no direct cost to the individual being tested, but Adirondack Health will collect health insurance information and bill insurance companies. Insurance companies, in turn, are prohibited by New York state from charging co-pays or deductibles for COVID-19 testing. Individuals without health insurance will still be tested free of charge.

Testing is open to everyone, symptomatic or asymptomatic, regardless of employment status or category. A doctor’s order is suggested, but not required. Every COVID-19 test will entail a nasopharyngeal (sinus) swab, with the option to also have blood drawn to check for the presence of the COVID-19 antibody.

Adirondack Health’s expanded testing efforts will continue for the foreseeable future, subject to the continued availability of COVID-19 test kits. For the most up-to-date information regarding Adirondack Health testing availability, visit adirondackhealth.org/covid-testing.

Additional Sites testing include:
Tuesday, May 26 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Marcy Field, 12942 Route 73, Keene, NY 12942

Wednesday, May 27 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Northwood School, 92 Northwood Rd., Lake Placid, NY 12946

Thursday, May 28 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – L.P. Quinn Elementary School, 294 Hosley Ave., Tupper Lake, NY 12986

Memorial Day Weekend 2020

Memorial Day Weekend has arrived. Long Lake is excited to welcome back our second home owner residents, guests, visitors, fishermen, sunbathers, recreational enthusiasts and birds, bears, and all walks of wildlife. We have been busy gearing up for your arrival to keep everyone healthy and safe as possible, but we need your help too.

We invite and ask everyone to please wear a mask in public, especially when less than 6 feet apart from anyone outside your immediate family and at our area businesses, inside or out.

We are observing CDC recommended social distancing protocols which recommend everyone to keep 6 feet apart as much as possible. Please observe the safety measures and wear a cloth face-covering when picking up food or retails items or in our essential stores and don’t forget to wash your hands frequently.

Stay safe, please help keep our small community healthy. We are excited to have our curbside-only retail operations, essential businesses and our take-out restaurants open and we ask you adhere to their safety standards so they can take good care of you too.

Please note: The Memorial Day Parade is suspended for 2020, but the American Legion Post #650 will be hosting a small-private ceremony commemorating those who have lost their lives while serving this country. The Long Lake Cemetery will be open to the public on Monday by 12 p.m.

The population of Hamilton County has grown significantly over the past several weeks and as things continue to re-open in our region, the population will increase in response.  It is critical that all of our residents continue to wear masks when in public, respect social distancing, and do not host social gatherings. Do not plan family reunions, birthday parties or other festivities. Remember that the healthcare infrastructure in Hamilton County is limited, we do not have a hospital or urgent care facility, and an outbreak in Hamilton County will have a significant impact on our summer and ability to re-open fully.

Model the behavior that you wish to see! Whether you are on a hiking trail, enjoying the local beach or picking up a curbside meal from one of your favorite restaurants, be mindful and respectful of those around you. There will be changes to the way we all interact this summer, but we hope to maintain the same sense of relaxation and hospitality. Our future relies on each of you to do your part!


#NorthCountryStrong

NYS Executive Order 202.17

 

Schedule Announcement
Please note: The Memorial Day Parade is suspended for 2020, but the American Legion Post #650 will be hosting a small-private ceremony commemorating those who have lost their lives while serving this country. The Long Lake Cemetery will be open to the public on Monday by 12 p.m.

Updated Hiking and Camping Info from NYSDEC

NY’s Outdoors Are Open
#RecreateLocal – Safely and Responsibly

For the safety of all visitors and to reduce the community spread of COVID-19, DEC and State Parks are undertaking steps to reduce public density:

DEC is closing access to DEC-controlled fire towers until further notice. Trails and the summits to the towers remain open, but the towers themselves present a potential risk with multiple people climbing the stairs, in close quarters, unable to appropriately socially distance, and using the same handrails;


Limiting parking. State Parks may reduce the number of available parking spaces on high visitation days. Please avoid visiting crowded areas. For visitor safety and the safety of others, do not park on roadsides and only park in designated parking areas;


Boat Launches and Marinas: Marinas and boat launch sites are open where conditions allow. Call the park or regional office directly for current status;
Swimming: State Park beaches and pools will remain closed to swimming through May 31. State Parks continues to review plans to reopen swimming facilities and will announce any change in status;


Camping changes: all state-operated campgrounds, cabins, pavilions, and cottages are closed to visitation through May 31. All visitors with reservations will be issued a full refund. New York State has suspended all new camping, cabin and cottage reservations for the 2020 season until further notice. Visitors who wish to cancel an existing reservation may do so and receive a full refund, or you can transfer it to the 2021 season;


Temporarily stop issuing permits for backcountry camping for groups of 10 or more, and for more than 3 days at one location on state lands;
Temporarily restricting lean-to- use to members of a single household at a time;

While enjoying outdoor spaces, please continue to follow the CDC/NYSDOH’s guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:

Stay home if you are sick, or showing or feeling any COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, coughing, and/or troubled breathing;
Practice social distancing. Keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others even when outdoors;


Wear a mask when you cannot maintain social distancing;
Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and high-five;
Wash hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available; and
Avoid unnecessary contact with surfaces that are often touched, such as doorknobs and handrails.


DEC and State Parks also encourage visitors to state parks and state lands, and other parks to:

Stay local and keep visits short;
Visit in small groups limited to immediate household members;
Maintain a distance from others while in places where people tend to congregate, such as parking lots, trailheads, and scenic overlooks;
Avoid games and activities that require close contact, such as basketball, football, or soccer;

Do not share equipment, such as bicycles, helmets, balls, or Frisbees;

If you arrive at a park or trail and crowds are forming, choose a different park, a different trail or return another time/day to visit; and

If parking lots are full, please do not park along roadsides or other undesignated areas. To protect your safety and that of others, please choose a different area to visit, or return another time or day when parking is available.

New Yorkers over 70 years old or with a compromised immune system should not visit public spaces, including those outdoors. These New Yorkers should remain indoors or spend time in the backyard or other personal outdoor space, pre-screen visitors by taking their temperature, and require visitors to wear masks.

Visitors to the Adirondack and Catskill Parks are reminded to always follow the Hiker Responsibility Code and avoid busy trailheads. Find trails less traveled and visit when trails may not be as busy during daylight hours. DEC also encourages New Yorkers to be safe and sustainable when recreating outdoors. Learn more about how you can protect natural spaces when exploring outdoors by following the seven principles of Leave no Trace. Additional information is available on the DEC website.

Sporting Licenses – HOSS’S OFFERS SPORTING LICENSES.
Call 518-624-2481

To limit the community spread of COVID-19, DEC is encouraging hunters, trappers, and anglers to purchase sporting licenses online. Sporting licenses may be purchased online at any time, and anglers may use their privileges immediately by simply carrying their transaction number (DEC-LS#) with them while afield.

Anglers, hunters, and trappers may also use the HuntFishNY mobile app to display an electronic copy of their license. The HuntFishNY app is available for download through the Apple App or Google Play stores. Back tags and carcass tags must still be mailed, and customers should allow 10-14 days for receipt of their tags.

DEC will provide updates periodically via email, social media, and at www.dec.ny.gov. We will also be available to respond to questions or concerns regarding visitation opportunities at contact@dec.ny.gov

Helpful DEC Links
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7865.html

Back Country Info West Central ADKS
Back Country Info High Peaks
Back Country Info East Central ADKS

 

 

 

Link to Long Lake/Raquette Lake Hiking Info Descriptions for hikes below listed there.

Please do NOT rely on cell phone service. Download maps, preserve your cell phone battery.  Prepare for bugs, mud on the trail. Leave No Trace principals. Use registers, one person from party. Bring mask / cloth face covering on trails in case you cross paths with anyone.  

Be kind. 

Easy Hikes:

Buttermilk Falls – Long Lake
Death Brook Falls – Raquette Lake
Goodnow Mountain – Newcomb
Coney Mountain – county line between Long Lake & Tupper Lake
Lake Eaton Campground Loop
Catlin Bay Leanto – Off of Northville Lake Placid Trail – Long Lake
Mt. Sabattis/Northville Lake Placid 3 Brook Loop Trail – Long Lake

Things to Do to Keep you Busy

COMMUNITY UNITY BEAR-DECORATING

Calling all Long Lakers, the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a community “unity” event and encouraging any home who would like, to put a decorated cutout of a Long Lake bear in their front yard. The cutouts are available for FREE at the Geiger arena, beginning on Friday May 8th. The idea is to have as many homes as possible decorate a bear and place it in their yard by May 22nd.

Parks & Rec Department will go around about 4PM on May 22nd and take pictures of the different decorations. This is not a contest, just a way to bring back some sense of unity in this trying time of social isolation and quarantine.


We ask anyone going to pick up their cutout to follow all CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, sanitation, and masks. Please email longlakeevents@gmail.com to sign up so we don’t miss any decorations, or if you have any questions.

HAMILTON COUNTY MILE CHALLENGE

The “Hamilton County Mile Challenge”  is a family-led activity where kids (and adults) time themselves on a one mile course. On the honor system, participants submit their times to the Four Rivers Alliance of Hamilton County and the school PE teacher. Mile times would be posted on Facebook.

Timeline:  May 8—End of school year. 

The Course: 

Start in the school parking lot. There will be a sign indicating the start line. From the school participants will turn right to head towards Stewart’s (this is about a quarter mile). Staying on the sidewalk, when participants get to the intersection they will turn right Participants will continue on the sidewalk until they get to the road that goes behind the post office. They will turn right down this road, Owls Head lane until they get to the turn around sign which will be at half a mile. They will turn around, at the turn around sign, and venture back to the school to complete the one mile course. Runners and walkers are encouraged to improve their times over the Challenge’s scheduled timeline.

 


Participants will be entered in drawings in several categories at the conclusion of the event. 

The “Hamilton County Mile Challenge”  is a family-led activity where kids (and adults) time themselves on a one mile course. On the honor system, participants submit their times to the Four Rivers Alliance of Hamilton County and the school PE teacher. Mile times would be posted on Facebook.

Submit times and pictures to Miss Klossner at hannah.klossner@longlakecsd.com and 4riversofhamiltoncounty@gmail.com

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