Long Lake NY Beach Now Open ADKS

Long Lake lifeguards at beach with masks in 2020

The Long Lake Town Beach opened on Wednesday, June 17th with guidelines in place for Summer 2020.  The beach is open daily 10am – 6pm. 

Due to Covid-19 there are new directives and rules that will be in place for 2020 and we want to make sure everyone is aware of the changes.

FOR 2020 – COVID 19

Currently the maximum capacity of the beach is reduced by 50% which is 73 beach patrons. 

Everyone wanting to set up blankets/space – will check in with designated Beach Safety Monitor and work with Safety Monitor to do Contact Tracing & check Symptoms and log in.  All bathers must check in to maintain an accurate head-count. Contact tracing is respecfully requested and it is up to inviduals to participate voluntarily in the beach contact tracing program.  

All family units/groups that check in and seek a place to set up on the  sandy beach will be spaced out 10 feet apart. The Lifeguard/Beach Safety Monitor will measure any groups arriving to ensure the spacing between blankets/groups.

Each group will have a max of 10 patrons.  If members of your family unit/household/group want to socialize with another group and are less than six feet apart, the rule is to please wear a mask if socializing with someone not in your group, especially less than 6 feet apart.

Swimming – There will be capacity limits on the swim docks and in swim area, currently it is at max 10 per big swim dock and maximum 3 per each side dock. We are going to ask all bathers not in the same ‘family unit/group’ to do their best to stay six feet apart.

Swimmers will NOT have to wear masks when swimming. Lifeguards will NOT be wearing masks while actively monitoring and guarding the water – but when less than 6 feet apart from a member of the public, masks will have to be worn by all.

Please distance yourself from the Lifeguard Stand – 6 feet.

If you do have an injury, cut, or medical concern, please go to the lifeguard stand. Do not leave wounds untended. All guards are Waterfront Safety Trained/CPR and Red Cross First Aid Certified. Please wear a mask near the lifeguards or one will be provided to you.

Bathroom – please visit the bathroom with your group only.  Please avoid sharing bathroom with members of the public outside your group to limit your exposure. Wear a mask while in the bathroom.  

Water Fountain – there will be a foot pedal installed at the fountain to minimize the high contact touching of the water fountain.


There will be sanitizer at waters edge for bathers to sanitize hands before and after entering water. Bathers may also use the beach bathroom and wash hands with warm water/soap for 20 seconds per CDC recommendations.

There will be a roped area marking the beach/sandy area to hold the 73 capacity of the “beach patrons” this way guards and Beach Safety Monitor won’t count people on the grassy area/by gazebo as part of the “beach count” for capacity. As bathers move in and out of the sandy beach area they will be counted – so if the beach is crowded please note that the capacity is 73.

Please note the only allowable swimming and or wading is in the designated beach area only. If visitors to the beach are outside the designated swim area and are in the water, swimming or wading, the lifeguards are authorzied to ask bathers/patrons/visitors to move into the designated bathing area and or to stay out of the water. 


We please ask for your patience will we navigate these new rules. These are from the New York State Department of Health, American Red Cross and Re-Open New York Phased Reopening Plan and through the Hamilton County Department of Public Health.

The mini-trampoline is currently closed until further notice for repairs. 

There is currently no frisbee, beach volleyball, football on the beach or pick up sports permitted on the beach. There is no tying of multiple boats, vessels for group on the water.

Large gatherings and picnics are not allowed. No sharing of food outside your family unit.

Please note: All employees will be checked daily for Covid-19 symptoms and there will be a symptom log maintained at the beach.

The NYS Beach Covid-19 Safety Plan will be on file with the lifeguards.

There are no swimming lessons scheduled for summer 2020.


If you are feeling sick, please do not come to the beach. 

Symptoms of Covid-19 are:

Fever, Chills, Cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of smell/taste, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, respiratory symptoms, nausea, diarrhea.  If you are experience any of these symptoms please stay home. 

General Rule:

The Town of Long Lake does not allow Personal Floatation Devices of any kind at the Long Lake Town Beach.
Why not? 
Long Lake Beach has two designated areas for swimming. A shallow section for inexperienced swimmers, just learning how to swim and a deep end.  Only strong swimmers who comfortably pass a test are permitted to swim in the deep end and to the swim dock.

-Life jackets provide a false sense of security by allowing a non-swimmer to enter an area that is too deep causing panic and possibly disaster.

-Without the flotation device(s) the attending adult will stay with the child.

-Inflatable devices are easily punctured or torn by teeth, fingernails and foreign objects.

-A non-swimmer would have a difficult, if not hazardous, situation attempting to regain buoyancy in deep water after slipping off, or out of, the flotation device(s).

-Use of Floatation Devices places a burden on the lifeguard, distracting from his/her guarding duties, to inspect and make sure that all straps and other devices are secure on the person entering the water.

-If one individual is allowed a flotation device, then everyone must be permitted to use one, and not everyone has “approved” equipment.

-According to the U.S Coast Guard, life vests should be worn to prevent drowning, but can be useless if not worn properly. 
-Children panic when they fall into the water suddenly. This causes them to move their arms and legs violently, making it hard to float safely in a PFD (personal flotation device).

-While a PFD will keep a child afloat, it may not keep a struggling child face-up. 
For questions or concerns regarding the Town of Long Lake’s Floatation Device policy please contact the Long Lake Town Supervisor at 518-624-3001

For ADA Accomodations please see the attending lifeguards or contact the Long Lake Town Supervisor. 

Curious where the re-opening rules came from?  They are directives developed and released by NYS. 

Here’s a link

Services and Info Updated 4.22.20


Updates on Services available in Long Lake/Raquette Lake Area
April 22, 2020
Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake
The Adirondack Hotel 518-624-4700 
Take out every day from 12-8, Delivery available from 4-7pm
Sunday Family Feasts available every Sunday until regular hours resume
6 pack of beer and bottles of wine available for take-out

ADK Trading Post
Groceries available for curbside pickup only, online orders only
Email for order form
Ali Babas Liquors, Long Lake
Open daily
Monday-Saturday 10a-5pm and Sunday 12p-5p. Delivery available to Long Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Newcomb. Call 518-955-4451
The Cellar Restaurant & Pub
(518) 624-5539
Take out and Delivery available

Community Bank Long Lake, NY
Open M-F, 9am – 4pm
Main St, Long Lake. Lobby Closed. ATM & Night Deposit available for “day of” transactions.
Phone available. Call 518-624-5161  
Hoss’s Country Corner
Call Jules to arrange order/pickup
Long Lake Diner/Owl’s Head Pub * Reopening on Friday, April 24th
Open for Takeout only Friday & Saturday 12-8 PM on April 24-25, 2020.
Please call 518-624-3941 to place an order. 
Hours will vary weekly during NYS mandatory pause during COVID-19 social distancing.

Stewart’s Shops, Long Lake 
Open Daily 5am – 10pm
Raquette Lake Tap Room, Raquette Lake
Open Daily Mon – Sat
7am – 10:30am Breakfast
11am – 8pm Bar Menu
Sunday Noon – 8pm Bar Menu
315-354-4581. Take out food & beverage only
Meals & Food
Long Lake Nutrition Site/Senior Meal Site – Delivery Only
Anyone over 60 eligible to sign up, no pre-authorization required. Call 518-624-5221 Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. No answering machine.
Weekly Schedule
Monday – 2 meals delivered. 1 Hot and 1 extra
Wednesday – 2 Meals delivered. 1 Hot and 1 extra
Friday – 1 Meal Delivered
Please order for the entire week. Due to the increased volume in meal preparations, no “day of” requests can be handled at this time. Menu subject to change without notice.
This program is administrated through the Warren/Hamilton County Office of the Aging
Long Lake Food Pantry at the Wesleyan Church in Long Lake
1118 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY
Please call one of the individuals below and they will put a food box together for you to pick up or for delivery.
o   Joyce Bozak: 518-624-2311
o   Karen Seaman: 518-624-2322
o   Pastor: 518-624-2411
Long Lake Food Pantry, accepting monetary donations: 
Long Lake Food Pantry, PO Box 322, Long Lake, NY 12847
Emergency Food Package Program, sponsored by ADK Action
Call 518-648-5911 for information and to sign up.
Community Action has partnered with Hamilton County departments to provide monthly home delivered community action orders.
At this time food and supplies to delivered to 10 families per day on a first come, first serve basis. Orders are due by 3:00 pm the day before scheduled delivery.
Delivery Schedule
Monday: Inlet & Raquette Lake
Thursday: Blue Mountain Lake and Long Lake
To place your order over the phone please call one of the following:
• 518-648-5911
Long Lake Medical Center
Call 518-624-2301
Tele-medicine appts available
No Walk ins at this time.
Long Lake/Raquette Lake Transfer Station
Open 9am – 3pm every day but Tuesday
ST. HENRY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH. all masses are suspended until further notice.
Father Peter Berg at 518-582-3671
Calvary United Methodist Church, Long Lake
Contact Pastor Nina Dickinson 518-648-5302 to sign up for Zoom Virtual Church Services          
LONG LAKE WESLEYAN CHURCH Live service will be broadcast at 10am on Sundays 
Long Lake Town Office Building, Town Hall, Geiger Arena & Archives Building are closed to the public. Please call 518-624-3001 x111 or 518-624-5441 x 116 for more information.
Long Lake Town Supervisor 518-624-3001
Long Lake Parks & Rec 518-624-2493* Temp number
Long Lake Highway 518-624-6933
Long Lake Post Office 518-624-4567
Raquette Lake Post Office 315-354-4291
All Local Long Lake Town and Hamilton County Roads have been posted CLOSED to any vehicle with a gross weight in excess of 6 tons.  Pursuant to sections 1650 & 1660 of Vehicle & Traffic Law.  Tracy J. Eldridge, Co. Supt of Highways.
Other Closures:
Long Lake Library, Raquette Lake Library & Long Lake Central School & Raquette Lake School currently closed until further notice. All Little Bus runs are currently suspended. Yoga is suspended.
Long Lake & Raquette Lake Recreation News
Long Lake Town Beach, Mt. Sabattis Basketball and Tennis Courts now closed until further notice.
New York State is on PAUSE and the Town of Long Lake is working within the established parameters to ensure the safety of the entire community.  Stay at home order until May 15th.
·       Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time.
·       When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others. The CDC now recommends wearing masks when out in public.
Visit NYS DOH for complete listing of PAUSE Rules
Below is a list of steps the DEC and the parks department is taking to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Camping changes: all state-operated campgrounds, cabins, and cottages are closed to overnight visitation through April 30. All visitors with reservations will be issued a full refund. New York State has also suspended all new camping, cabin and cottage reservations for the 2020 season until further notice. They are assessing campground status on a daily basis. If you’ve made reservations for the season beginning May 1, and it is determined your campground is safe to open, your reservation will be honored. However, visitors who wish to cancel an existing reservation may do so and receive a full refund.
Locally this will impact all reservations at Lake Eaton, Forked Lake, Golden Beach, Brown’s Tract, Lake Durant, 8th Lake, Limekiln and Tioga Point.  Reservations through
NYSDEC is closing access to DEC-controlled fire towers to the public.
Local Impacts:  Owls Head Mountain, Goodnow Mountain, Blue Mountain, Bald Mountain, Wakely, Snowy & Pillsbury Mountain all Fire Towers are closed.
Due to all non-essential business closures, Birds Marina, Burke’s Marine and Raquette Lake Supply in Raquette Lake have suspended access to paid private boat launches in Raquette Lake  until May 1st
BOOKMARK LONG LAKE WEBSITE PAGES for updated & current information for Town of Long Lake Board Meeting Information
The Town of Long Lake is collecting homemade masks from volunteers willing to donate to our community members in Long Lake & Raquette Lake needing face coverings. 

Anyone wishing to donate masks are asked to drop them off at the Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main Street, front door, located at the front entrance of the building or mail them to:

Town of Long Lake PRT
PO Box 496, Long Lake, NY 12847
Look for the box at the Long Lake Town Hall or the Raquette Lake Post Office
Masks are distributed on the honor system. Residents of are invited to pick up the masks, max of 2 per person. Like fruits and vegetables, if you touch it, then you keep it. 

Kat Forsell will be coordinating the project in Raquette Lake and a box for mask drop off and pick up will be available at the RL Post Office.
We want to thank our community volunteers for helping us with this brand new program. We cannot guarantee masks availability.

If someone is in the foyer picking up their masks, do NOT enter until person exits as it is a cramped space. Please adhere to safe social distancing.


We understand that not everyone is on-line so for those that aren’t regulars on Facebook, we know there is a need to get information to our most vulnerable citizens. Our Parks & Recreation department does make frequent phone calls to our seniors and we also work closely with our local meal site to hand deliver important informational flyers to our residents.

If there is a community wide emergency, we do have an automated telephone system on standby, ready to go, with our Long Lake & Raquette Lake residents and property owner contact information.  

If you are a new resident or recently changed your phone number from a landline to a cell or you’d like to include additional contact number, lease sign up using our form below.  (scroll down!)

This is a work in progress so we know there may be duplication of emails, phone calls etc.  Please bear with us, we are doing the best we can and we do appreciate your feedback, and email it to  

Check on your neighbors, be well, stay safe.  

Thank you to our community members handily crafting masks which are currently available at the Long Lake Town Hall & Raquette Lake Post Office for free. 

Vulnerable People Sign Up

This PUI table is provided by the Hamilton County Public Health Department. 

APRIL 20, 2020

Hamilton County would like to provide some guidance as we prepare to welcome our second home owners back to the Adirondacks. In order to maintain the safety of the public we request that you consider the following information. 

Second Home Owners and Snowbirds
• After you arrive, we strongly encourage you to stay at your home/on your own property for 2 weeks. We understand that during your travels you will be in contact with numerous individuals when stopping for gasoline, food, and to rest. This includes post offices, grocery stores, convenience stores, hardware stores, liquor stores, and other essential businesses. 
• We do encourage you to use delivery options that many of our local businesses have in place. 
• Bring supplies with you that will last you at least two weeks. Our local grocery and convenience stores are able to meet the demands of our current residents; however, a large influx of people will only limit the supplies available for all. 
• Be hypersensitive to the fact that we have limited access to healthcare. Our local health centers are limiting visits and utilizing telehealth services to provide care to patients. We do not have a pharmacy in the county, and recommend setting up pharmacy delivery services. 

Short/Long Term Rental Owners 
• We discourage short term rentals including nightly and weekend rentals. We prefer that if you are renting out your facilities, please consider multi week or monthly rentals. We are sensitive to the fact that these renters stimulate our economy and provide financial stability for our residents. 
• Long term renters should be advised that social distancing rules still apply. Gatherings greater than 10 people for any reason including vacations, parties and celebrations are prohibited at this time. 
• It would be beneficial to supply your rentals with masks, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to promote good behavior.

Please remember to follow public health safety precautions including social distancing, compliance with wearing a face covering when in public, good handwashing and sanitizing commonly touched surfaces. Hamilton County statistics have been low, only 2 positive cases of COVID with no outbreaks of exposure, and we are all working hard to ensure the numbers stay positive. 

Remember it won’t be like this forever! But for now, it is important to be considerate and follow these public health initiatives to slow, and eventually stop the spread of the Coronavirus. 

Erica Mahoney
Director of Public Health

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Hamilton County Masks Recommendation Covid-19 Update

Public Health Director Update: The CDC and Hamilton County Public Health Recommend Wearing A Protective Cloth Face Covering When in Public. Posted 4.5.2020

Social distancing has been an excellent public health intervention for slowing the spread of COVID-19 to residents in Hamilton County. However, there are times where it is necessary to travel outside of your home, such as going to the pharmacy, grocery store or post office. On these occasions, the CDC and Hamilton County Public Health are recommending that you wear a cloth face covering to protect yourself and others.

Over the last month we have had a chance to observe areas with high concentration of COVID-19 respond to the virus being present in their community. We know that COVID-19 is present in Hamilton County, we have expected this all along, and now our job is to prevent it from multiplying, keeping our numbers and rate of transmission low. Wearing a cloth face covering when in public is another prevention strategy that we can easily implement to maintain the health and safety of our community.

New Guidance From CDC
“CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.”

An individual with COVID-19 may only display mild symptoms, and can be asymptomatic for 1-14 days. Wearing a cloth mask does not necessarily protect you from contracting the virus, but rather acts as a protective barrier from you infecting others. Vulnerable individuals, such as those with complex medical comorbidities, immunocompromised are strongly encouraged to continue to self-isolate and stay home during this pandemic.

Medical grade protective equipment, such as surgical masks and N95’s, should not be worn by the public. These supplies should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders, as they are already in short supply, and are at high risk for exposure to COVID-19.
Cloth face coverings should:
• Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
• Cover the mouth and nose
• Be secured with ties or ear loops
• Include multiple layers of fabric
• Allow for breathing without restriction
• Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

“Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.”

If the face cloth becomes moist or soiled, it is more likely to hold bacteria and viruses, so it is important to keep it clean and dry. Be careful when removing the cloth face covering to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and wash your hands after.

Remember, with COVID-19 and individual can be infectious for 4 to 5 days, without showing symptoms. In addition to social distancing and handwashing, this is one additional strategy where Hamilton County residents can work together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

Erica Mahoney
Director of Public Health

Know the difference between masks

Updates on Services available in Long Lake/Raquette Lake Area 3.31

Updates on Services available in Long Lake/Raquette Lake Area.
Long Lake Nutrition Site/Senior Meal Site – Delivery Only
Any senior over 60 eligible to sign up, no pre-authorization required> Call 518-624-5221 Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. No answering machine.
Monday – 2 meals delivered. 1 Hot and 1 extra
Wednesday – 2 Meals delivered. 1 Hot and 1 extra
Friday – 1 Meal Delivered
Please order for the entire week. Due to the increased volume in meal preparations, no “day of” requests can be handled at this time.
This program is administrated through the Warren/Hamilton County Office of the Aging  
Facebook Page

Colleen and Amber are at the meal site Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 1:30pm. There is no answering machine. 518-624-5221.
Adirondack Hotel Easter Dinner
Adirondack Hotel will be serving To-Go/Delivery Easter Dinner on Sunday, April 12th
1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Must pre-order Easter dinner in advance, deadline Wednesday, April 8th
Regular Take-out menu will also be available for those that didn’t pre-order holiday meals
Traditional Ham Dinner with all the fixings or
Pasta Primavera with gluten free option available.
Please call 518-624-4700 to reserve your Easter Dinner by Wednesday, April 8th
Ali Babas Liquors
Open daily
Monday-Saturday 10a-5pm and Sunday 12p-5p. Delivery available to Long Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Newcomb. Call 518-955-4451
Stewart’s Shops 
Open Daily 5am – 10pm
Long Lake/Raquette Lake Transfer Station
Open 9am – 3pm every day but Tuesday
Raquette Lake Tap Room
Open Daily
Dr. Rider/Long Lake Medical Center
Call 518-624-2301
Tele-medicine appts available
No Walk ins at this time.
Long Lake Town Supervisor 518-624-3001
Long Lake Parks & Rec 518-624-2493
Long Lake Highway 518-624-6933
Long Lake Post Office 518-624-4567
Raquette Lake Post Office 315-354-4291
Thank you to all our business & community partners for staying open and seeing us through this challenging time. 
Community Action has partnered with Hamilton County departments to provide monthly home delivered community action orders.
At this time we will deliver food and supplies to 10 families per day on a first come, first serve basis.
Orders are due by 3:00 pm the day before your scheduled delivery.
Delivery Schedule
Monday: Inlet and Raquette Lake
Tuesday: Wells, Hope, Benson
Wednesday: Indian Lake
Thursday: Blue Mountain Lake and Long Lake
Friday: Lake Pleasant, Speculator, Piseco, Morehouse, Hoffmeister
To place your order over the phone please call one of the following:
• Public Health: (518) 648-6141
• Community Services: (518) 648-5355
• Social Services: (518) 648-6131
Community Action will call the day of your scheduled delivery with a delivery time.
Please watch for your delivery as the driver MUST see someone before dropping off your
If you are not home at the time of your delivery, your your order will be available to pick up at Community Action.

Adk Regional Economic Resources Links & Health Care Sign Up & Unemployment


Economic Development COVID-19 Recovery Links for Adirondack Region & NYS Links
March 28, 2020
updated April 1, 2020
Links updated April 2, 2020
Links updated April 3, 2020

“The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act”  Link
Links to SBA Application 4.3
Links to info on CARES ACT from the NYS Hospitality Tourism Association
Paycheck Protection Program Overview & Information–%20Overview.pdf
Lender Information
Borrower information–Fact-Sheet.pdf
Payroll Protection Application
SBA Releases Application Portal
Link to SBA Loan Application 4.2

Information Sheet on Paycheck Protection Program 4.2

New York State Hospitality Tourism Association Resources 4.2

Guide to SBA Generous Cares Act Information posted 4.1
North Country Alliance
Working Capital Recovery Program:
ANCA Adirondack Economic Resources – Links Updated Frequently 
COVID19-Federal & State Summary Info
Small Business Administration** (more loans/business support pending approved recovery legislation from Federal Government – check on interest rates!)

RESOURCE PARTNERS TO NAVIGATE Small Business Administration Loan
            NYS Free Business Consulting:
Information on Community Based Resources
NYS Unemployment Page
Health Insurance Sign up for New Yorkers
New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for a health plan through NY State of Health. 

If you recently lost employer coverage, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan or Child Health Plus.




Public Health Director Update: Community Transmission Stops With You!

March 27, 2020

The circumstances around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to change on a daily basis, with the greatest change being around testing. Previously individuals could report to their primary care doctor, and if symptomology suggested COVID-19 as a likely diagnosis, they could be sent to a drive through COVID-19 outpatient testing location. Swabbing would be done, and sent to the lab to determine COVID-19. This individual would be monitored for 14 days by Hamilton County Public Health Department.

Currently, there are no outpatient testing centers available to Hamilton County residents. These individuals are now being sent home from their primary care doctor under precautionary quarantine without confirmed laboratory testing. Hamilton County Public Health does not have testing kits. Testing is being done in the hospital settings for healthcare workers and hospitalized patients only at this time.

Our greatest risk in Hamilton County at this point is community transmission, where one individual comes in contact with someone who is carrying the virus, and then carries the virus to others, including family members.
What does this mean?

NYS and CDC data charts report confirmed cases only. Without testing being done, it will continue to show limited confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton County, making it appear that COVID-19 is not in Hamilton County.
We should conduct ourselves with the assumption that the Coronavirus is in Hamilton County, and anyone you come in contact with may be carrying the disease. Because the symptoms vary from individual to individual, what may present like a common cold/cough could in fact be the Coronavirus.

Highest Risk Individuals
Right now, the highest risk individuals are elderly with comorbidities, healthcare workers and those working in occupations that are considered “essential.” Be careful, use personal protective equipment (PPE) cautiously, wash your hands frequently and maintain 6 feet distancing precautions.
What can you do?

• Practice social distancing, maintain 6’ distancing when in public.
• Wash your hands frequently.
• Avoid gatherings.
• Stay home if you are sick.
• When going to pick up groceries/necessities, go alone. Do not bring your children into the store.
• Screen and limit visitors to your house.
We all must work together to prevent community transmission in Hamilton County!

Erica Mahoney,
Director of Public Health

Public Health Director: New York State on Pause: Please Stay Where You Are March 25, 2020

From the Hamilton County Public Health Director:

New York State on Pause: 
Please Stay Where You Are
March 25, 2020

As of March 22, 2020, New York State is practicing the “pause” on most public, personal, and commercial activities in attempt to slow the transmission of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  All non-essential businesses are now closed and residents are asked to remain in their home, with the exception of emergencies, seeking medical care, solitary local exercise, and shopping for food and other necessities. Travel within the United States is not recommended, especially for vulnerable populations, who are more likely to contract the virus. Just to be clear, even if you conclude you are not vulnerable, you are wrong, plus we all have a responsibility for protecting others.

Hamilton County is the least populated county in New York State, with approximately 4,500-year-round residents, most of which are over the age of 65 years. We are experiencing a large influx of travelers into the county to occupy second homes and short-term rentals. Our current healthcare infrastructure is able to care for year-round residents, but we are not equipped for this influx, nor will State resources be available to come north for quite some time.
Escaping to the Adirondacks may seem like an attractive and safe solution to decrease your risk of exposure to COVID-19, however there are several things to consider in terms of health, safety, and your wellbeing. While you may be looking for a way to isolate your family, you also will be isolating them from healthcare and supplies. Most small businesses in Hamilton County are closed, and while our convenience stores are still open to the public, there is a limited supply of food and other necessities.

Hamilton County Public Health and our primary care providers do not have testing kits. We do not have a hospital within the county or a hospital within reasonable travel distance for COVID-19 testing. If you or your family member becomes sick, there will be a delay in healthcare delivery and follow up services.
Hotels are considered essential services and are regulated by NYSDOH for cleanliness and safety.  Airbnb, Vacation Rental by Owner, and other rental sites are not regulated by NYSDOH.  If you are renting out your home through one of these organizations, the risk and responsibility for cleanliness falls on you. We politely request that you remove your short-term rentals from these websites, and refrain from renting during this pandemic. Please understand this is for your protection, plus the protection of anyone who might be entertaining the idea of staying in your rental. Your long term success will be far greater, if the news stories don’t start to revolve around those sickened or trapped without health care in a short term rental unit.
We truly appreciate all you do to stimulate our small communities and economy, and hope that you will take this information into consideration before coming to the Adirondacks during this public health pandemic. Lastly, if for some reason your personal situation absolutely requires you to come here, we ask that you consider the CDC recommendation of self-isolating for 14 days once you arrive. Your health and the health of others depend upon it.
Please contact Hamilton County Public Health at (518) 648-6141 with any questions.

ADKS We Will Be Here, Later. Covid-19 Updates

Strong is in our nature


Whether you live close by or on the other side of the world, we know the Adirondacks hold a special place in your heart. But unfortunately, now is not the time to visit. Now is a time to PAUSE, reconnect with loved ones, and find safe, healthy adventures close to home.


With that said, right now everyone deserves something to look forward to and find hope in. The Adirondacks, from the mountains to the lakes, the restaurants to the unique shops, will always endure. So rest assured, we will be here, ready to reconnect and welcome you back when the time is right. You can depend on that.



Strong is in our nature

Whether you live close by or on the other side of the world, we know the Adirondacks hold a special place in your heart. But unfortunately, now is not the time to visit. Now is a time to PAUSE, reconnect with loved ones, and find safe, healthy adventures close to home.

With that said, right now everyone deserves something to look forward to and find hope in. The Adirondacks, from the mountains to the lakes, the restaurants to the unique shops, will always endure. So rest assured, we will be here, ready to reconnect and welcome you back when the time is right. You can depend on that.




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From Dr. Rider – Update

Update from Dr. Rider:                                                                                   3/20/20

As of press time today, we are seeing increased numbers of Covid-19 infections across the state and in response, the Governor has increased the number of workplace reductions and restrictions. These announcements can provoke anxiety and fear about the virus.  Keep in mind the following:

·      Many people may acquire the Covid-19 virus, but most of those infections will be unnoticed or mild and the biggest threat that the infection holds is the threat to society by exposing the elderly or medically compromised.  Therefore, isolation is the most important action you can take to prevent the spread of the infection.

·      Some people are  getting  caught up in the numbers of confirmed cases in each county….do not get a false sense of security that your county may only have a few or no confirmed cases…..presume the virus is here (because it most assuredly is)…isolate, wash your hands, and when out getting necessities,  stay 6 feet away from others (especially the elderly). 

·      As of today,…. we have no reliable treatment for Covid-19, so even if you test positive for the virus there is nothing to offer you for the treatment of mild cases.  You should treat it like you would a cold…. stay in your home, isolate, monitor your temperature, wash your hands and seek medical treatment if symptoms worsen or you develop difficulty breathing.

·      Getting tested for a mild case is not necessary and as you may have seen, many places have limited testing to only those who are very sick or healthcare workers so they can return to work if negative.

·      In response to the Governor’s directive, many municipalities and counties are reducing staff, limiting access to buildings, and restricting visitors.  At my office we are limiting visits to “necessity only” and routine visits will be cancelled and re-scheduled later or conducted by telephone.  This is not only to protect you…but to protect me, my staff, and other patients from unnecessary exposure.

·      Please note that many offices, as well as my own, will have locked entrance doors and are asking people to call staff in advance so we can provide directions for entering the building.  We are taking the isolation/exposure issue very seriously and hope you are too!
We all need to take a deep breath, slow down and not panic over all the information and news we are getting thrown at us daily….our County and State Departments of Health are doing a great job in keeping us up to date on the latest information as they receive it,  and ensuring our residents are getting the care they need.

We will get through this together.  Well, actually…6 feet apart!
Russell E. Rider MD and Staff  

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2020.21.03 Updates on Long Lake / Raquette Lake

❗UPDATE❗  3/21/2020
Please see below for a list of establishments that are open and the services they are providing at this time.
This information is being updated regularly;
Please contact the Long Lake Parks/Rec/Tourism Information:  at  
Ali Babas Liquors. Open.
Open  Monday-Saturday 10a-5pm
Sunday 12p-5pm. Deliveries to: Long Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Newcomb.
Call 518-955-4451 for delivery.

The Adirondack Hotel 518-624-4700 
Take out every day from 12-8 
Delivery available from 4-7pm
6 pack of beer and bottles of wine available for take out
Check FB for Daily specials

Raquette Lake Tap Room Open Daily for Take Out! 
Monday -Saturday: 7am-10:30am Breakfast
11am-8pm Bar Menu
Sunday: Noon-8pm Bar Menu

Stewart’s Shops Open Daily 5am – 10pm

Long Lake Diner 518-624-3941 – CLOSED

Long View Lodge 518-624-2862 TOGO -CLOSED 

Hoss’s Country Corner Closed.  Call 518-269-6003 If you need anything.
Long Lake Community Bank Lobby Closed/Night Deposit box for regular deposits. Staff is working during day. Call 518-624-5161
Long Lake Public Library – 518.624.3825 Closed until further notice. Fines suspended until library reopens. Drop box closed. For ebooks and audiobooks visit:
Information on additional local services:
Open Daily. Will continue with their normal business hours and services.

HELPFUL HINT!  PICK UP MAILBOX KEY from the person you are getting the mail from to AVOID going to the window. Thank you. 

·      Please do NOT linger, maintain social distancing of 6 feet apart!**  
Long Lake Post Office Zip Code 12847:           518-624-4567 
Raquette Lake Post Office Zip Code 13436:     315-354-4291
LONG LAKE MEDICAL CENTER will continue normal business hours and services. (518)-624-2301


ST. HENRY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH. all public Masses in the Diocese of Ogdensburg beginning Wednesday, March 18 are suspended until further notice.
Public devotions such as the Stations of the Cross should be suspended. However, the faithful are encouraged to make those devotions in private.
Call Father Peter Berg at 518-582-3671
LONG LAKE CALVARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. Long Lake Calvary UMC is joining in Worship by Zoom with Blue Mountain Lake UMC and Indian Lake UMC Sunday mornings from 10:30 – 12:00. For more information, please contact Pastor Nina at (518) 648-5302. Thanks.
LONG LAKE WESLEYAN CHURCH Live service will be broadcast at 10am on Sundays 
LONG LAKE FOOD PANTRY The food pantry is open and manned still on Saturdays from 9 AM to 12 PM and is open to all. If someone is unable to come on Saturdays or have a more immediate need during the week, email for an appointment.
LONG LAKE CENTRAL SCHOOL is closed to students until April 19. Meal service available to students. To participate, call to order weekly, by Sunday.  Sign-up via our Google Form on our website ( or by calling the school at (518) 624-2221 and leaving a message in our general mailbox by the end of the day on Sunday. 
SENIOR MEAL SITE – WARREN/HAMILTON COUNTY OFFICE OF THE AGING. Meal Deliveries Monday/Wednesday/Friday for seniors.  Please call 518-624-5221 to place your weekly order.  No special “day of” requests accepted at this time.  There is NO ANSWERING MACHINE.  Also if calling mid-morning M/W/F the meal site is not manned as they are out delivering meals.
LONG LAKE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER is closed, but we are working M-F 7am – 4pm..  Email: and for immediate assistance please call:  518-624-2493.  9am – 3pm daily.
Town Supervisor Office Call 518-624-3001
Town Clerk: 518-624-3088
TOWN COURT:  Long Lake Town Court closed until further notice.
Contact 518-624-3761 or email: 

HAMILTON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH:  Director, Erica Mahoney. 518-648-6497
General Local Updates:

MT. SABATTIS/GEIGER ARENA:  Closed at this time. 
LONG LAKE TOWN HALL: Closed to the public
LONG LAKE 518-624-3806 RAQUETTE LAKE 315.354.4107
LONG LAKE HIGHWAY:  518-624-6933

From Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

We know the most effective way to reduce the spread of this virus is through social distancing and density reduction measures.

 The Governor’s 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows:
Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;
Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;
Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes.
“Matilda’s Law” includes the following rules for vulnerable populations: SENIOR CITIZENS, PEOPLE WITH COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS, AND UNDERLYING ILLNESS
Remain indoors;
Can go outside for solitary exercise;
Pre-screen all visitors and aides by taking their temperature and seeing if person is exhibiting other flu-like symptoms;
Do not visit households with multiple people;
Wear a mask when in the company of others;
To the greatest extent possible, everyone in the presence of vulnerable people should wear a mask;
Always stay at least six feet away from individuals; and
Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary.

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