From the Hamilton County Public Health Director:
New York State on Pause:
Please Stay Where You Are
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.
Long Lake & Raquette Lake Businesses remain open for Take – Out!
From Ali Baba’s We will be open Monday-Saturday 10a-5pm and Sunday 12p-5p. I will also do delivery to Long Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Newcomb. Call 518-955-4451 for delivery.
IMPORTANT LONG LAKE/RAQUETTE LAKE PHONE NUMBERS
Posted 3/24 – to add your info/delete or update info please email: email@example.com
LL Fire Dept 911 or 518-624-3900*
RL Fire Dept 911 or non emergency 315-354-4644
LL Rescue Building 911 or non-emergency 518-624-6661
Dr. Rider 518-624-2301
LL Town Supervisor 518-624-3001
LL Parks & Rec 518-624-2493* Temporary New Number
LL Transfer Station 518-624-3806* Regular hours. Closed Tuesdays.
LL Highway Dept. 518-624-6933
RL Transfer Station 315-354-4107
LL Town Court 518-624-3761 firstname.lastname@example.org
LL Post Office 518-624-4567
RL Post Office 315-354-4291
LL Nutrition Site 518-624-5221*
Taking weekly orders. No “day of” requests.
Delivery M/W/F Only
LL School 518-624-2221
RL School CLOSED
LL Library 518-624-3825 Closed. *leave messages
RL Library 315-354-4005 Closed
Adirondack Hotel 518-624-4700 12-8pm daily, delivery 4-7pm
Ali Baba’s Liquor 518-955-4451 M-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5,
Community Bank-LL 518-624-5161 Lobby Closed. Night Deposit & ATM Open.
Hoss’s 518-269-6003 Closed. Call Jules if needed.
RL Supply 315-354-4301 Gas/Fuel
Shaheen’s IGA 518-359-9320
Stewart’s Shops Open daily 5am – 10pm Convenience / Gas
LL Food Pantry Open Sat 9am – 12pm, call to schedule other times.
St Henry’s Church 518-582-3671 Services suspended
LL Wesleyan Church 518-624-2411 Services broadcast at 10am on Sundays
LL Calvary United Methodist Church 518-648-5302
Call to sign up for Zoom Virtual Church
Hamilton County Public Health 518-648-6497
Community Action Food Pantry 518-648-5911
Open 8 am – 3:30 pm.
Providing curbside list and bring your grocery items
out to your car. Call (518) 648-5911 with any questions.
Located in Indian Lake
Hamilton County Dept of Social Services 518-648-6131.
Open and available to accept applications
Monday through Friday from 8-4:30. Please alert receptionist if you have traveled to an area with a high concentration of Covid-19, have been around someone being monitored for symptoms or are experiencing respiratory symptoms prior to entering the office. www.mybenefits.ny.gov
The Long Lake & Raquette Lake Post Offices remain open.
LL Post Office 518-624-4567
RL Post Office 315-354-4291
If you are considered a Vulnerable Person – Please consider giving your mailbox key to a neighbor if you need to collect your mail at the post office – if that is possible.**
Please limit trips to Post Office and do not go daily!
Health Care Centers
Long Lake Medical Center 518-624-2301
Newcomb Health Center 518-582-2991
Town of Webb Health Care Center 315-369-3960
Indian Lake Health Center 518-648-5707
Tupper Lake Health Center 518-359-7000
Adirondack Medical Center 518-891-4141
Glens Falls Hospital 518-926-1000
NY State Troopers 518-897-2000
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office 518-548-3113
NYS DEC 518 -897-1200