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Waterski & Wakeboarding Highlights Long Lake NY 2020

Shout out to the Turman Family for showing us how to make the most of their vacation of 2020! We may not have had the US Waterski Show Team visit us this season, (and they are slated for return in 2021) but we had the great showmanship and determination of the Turman Family!  Surprising folks all up and down the lake with their own family waterski and wakeboarding fun!  Check out this video featuring their favorite place in the world!  Long Lake, NY

 

Scavenger Hunt & House Decorating Contest Announced

9am Kids & Family Scavenger Hunt * Pick up a Clue Sheet at the Long Lake Geiger Arena.  This can be done by car, bike or foot. Prizes galore.  All groups must stay six feet apart while completing the tasks and wear masks in public spaces while participating in this event when less than six feet away from others. Frequent hand washing and sanitizing recommended per CDC recommendations. 

House Decorating & Lights Displays!  Light up Long Lake & Raquette Lake with your most iconic display. Outdo the neighbors!  Judging July 2nd at dusk.  Leave the lights up for a 4th of July viewing of the best looking homes!  Participants must register by emailing longlakeevent@gmail.com by Thursday, July 2nd at noon. Cash prizes. Please leave your lights on for the 4th of July.

4th of July Celebration
In 2020 things will look different in Long Lake & Raquette Lake. Long Lake’s beach will close earlier than normal, times to be announced.  

There will NOT be any traditional activities in the early evening.  There will not be live music, popcorn, strawberry shortcake, Penelope the Clown or a BBQ. We are so sad to see those traditions not happen in 2020, but we look forward to their return in 2021.

The Town of Long Lake has not announced any plans for fireworks at this time. NYS Guidelines on fireworks are pending. Currently there are no mass gatherings over 50. 

The Long Lake Town Beach will be closed to public gatherings at 6pm on July 4th.  No congregation will be permitted after the Beach is closed. Bathrooms will remain open for our temporary traffic and for boat traffic.  

In the event groups choose to gather in any public spaces all groups must be spaced out minimum of 10 feet.  

Raquette Lake Fireworks are 100% cancelled for 2020. 

For any and all events in public spaces and at our local area businesses please note all physical distancing protocols are in place. Maintain six feet apart and please wear masks/cloth face-coverings when visiting public spaces and businesses in our community when you are less than six feet apart from others.  

 

Got photos? We sure would love to see them and share them in our digital marketing!  Share your July 2020 favorites with us!

 

Long Lake & Raquette Lake are Open and Ready for You!

Shamrock Motel & Cottages

Journey’s End Cottages

Sandy Point Motel

Motel Long Lake

The lodging properties are open and ready for you.  Memorial Day was the kick-off and property owners began the task of opening their doors for customers for the long holiday weekend.

Spend the night, weekend, week or longer!
Do book a stay at one of our traditional lodgings now open.  Check them out at

https://mylonglake.com/long-lake-lodging/ 


We are ready to go with desirable, affordable comfort, hospitality and lake side lodgings in our local motel rooms, cottages and cabins. Many places are offering a no-contact check in and some changes to their overall operations in order to keep your stay as safe as possible.  The best part of a visit to Long Lake and Raquette Lake is definitely the fresh air, the great outdoors  and waterways just outside your lodging room door.


 
Faqs
 
If you are traveling to our area – welcome, we are glad you are here.  Everyone wants to know what the rules and regulations are? 
 
We ask our visitors to be mindful of others, be patient and follow the Best Practice guidelines as we continue re-open. And please, ask questions if you need more guidance.
 
Do watch your health
·      Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
·      Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
·      Practice social distancing. Maintain 6 feet of distance from others, and do your best to stay out of crowded places.
·      Currently in NYS gatherings are no more than 10 people to a group.
·      Please wear a mask inside our local businesses and when you are less than six feet away from others.
·      Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. We’ve provided hand sanitizer to our local businesses so be on the lookout when you visit.

Hoss’s

Raquette Lake Supply

 
Do visit our local merchants. 
Our stores are open.  Don’t miss a stop at Hoss’s, the ADK Trading Post, Another Paradise Cove, Northern Borne, Stewart’s Shops and Raquette Lake Supply for all the essentials. Everyone is working hard keeping everyone safe, and the doors are open.  All the business owners just ask that you please wear a mask when entering the store or if you are less than 6 feet away from others. 
 
Stop on by for goodies, souvenirs, fishing licenses, bait, food, snacks, t-shirts, clothing, outdoor gear and more.  
 

 

Adk Trading Post 

Turner’s Pizza

EAT!  A Lot! 
On Thursday June 4th our restaurants were permitted to seat customers in their outdoor dining areas. Restaurants have prepped their porches and decks with tables spaced six feet apart.  Menus are bulging with unique offerings and specials with a traditional array of eats and beverages to entice everyone.  Standard pub fare from homemade pizza, Buffalo wings, burgers, steak sandwiches, lobster rolls, Italian dishes to grilled, broiled, roasted and Fried Chicken specials, Taco Tuesday’s and Fish Fry Friday’s and ice cream.  Our outdoor dining and take-out options in our little corner of the world are everything you need for your stay and beyond.
 
Want current updates on who’s open?  Check out our Local Updates pages – updated daily.https://mylonglake.com/local-updates/
 
 
 
As we have started to see visitors return and come in for long weekends our lodgings are open and you will find we are ready to accept visitors. We ask our guests to do the best you can do and follow the directives by each individual property.


We are grateful we have so many open spaces! We also have lots of small local businesses that will be happy to welcome you and offer take out and groceries and no-contact social distancing shopping.
 
See you soon!


Raquette Lake Tap Room

Adirondack Growl & Grub

The Park Long Lake 

The Cellar Restaurant and Pub Long Lake

The Long Lake Diner

Donnelly’s Sunset Point

Ali Baba’s Liquor Store

Community Bank

Raquette Lake Preservation Foundation

Warren/Hamilton County Nutrition Site

Raquette Lake Supply

Cover Photo by Instagram@dirtandglass  

Courtesy of Motel Long Lake

Special Thanks to all our Essential Businesses that Stayed Open during the Stay Home PAUSE orders.
 
Community Bank, NA with no-contact banking
Warren / Hamilton County Office of the Aging Meals on Wheels
Hoss’s Country Corner for no-contact groceries
ADK Trading Post for no-contact groceries
Ali Babas Liquor Store & Laundromat
Northern Needles and Volunteers for making masks!
Stewart’s Shops
Long Lake Transfer Station
Raquette Lake Transfer Station 
Long Lake Central School Teachers & Chef Karl Geiger and his amazing staff and all the drivers for door to door delivering food to our students!
The Teaching Staff and Noelle Short for their continued commitment to the LLCS students
Adirondack Hotel for Takeout and  delivery of Saturday Meals for our most vulnerable population.
The Long Lake Lions Club for their financial support for the Saturday Meal delivery
The Cellar Restaurant and Pub
The Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub and their Random Act of Kindness Gift Certificate promotions for our Essential Workers
The Long Lake Post Office and Kim!  And Jim Jennings and Bruce, Virginia and Skip for delivering the mail, packages and keeping everything running
Raquette Lake Post Office for letting us put out masks, posters and delivering packages!
Hamilton County Highway Department
Long Lake Highway Crews
Long Lake Water Department
Town of Long Lake
Long Lake Rescue Squad
Long Lake Fire Department
Raquette Lake Volunteer Fire Department
Raquette Lake Ambulance Squad
NYSEG & National Grid for keeping on the power
SLIC & Frontier for our INTERWEBS!
UPS and Gene
Our Fed Ex Drivers
Raquette Lake Tap Room
Raquette Lake Supply
The Long Lake Beach Bathrooms
 
To everyone else who closed their doors due to state requirements, we thank you for waiting out the storm! Now that we can turn on the valve and re-open our businesses, let’s stay and support our local businesses, the life-blood of our small town communities.
 
Camping –New York State has authorized the NYSDEC Camprounds to be open, but as of this writing, we don’t have confirmation as to when we can expect our area campgrounds to be open and ready to go. We know they have to staff-up, and get reservations in order in line and as soon as we know, we’ll let you know.
 
#buylocal
 
And if we forgot anyone please feel free to email a photo and update to longlake@mylonglake.com
 
 
 
From NYS Department of Health
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/travel-large-gatherings-and-quarantines
 
Quarantines
Local Health Departments (LHDs)  must utilize the following definitions in determining whether or not to institute a mandatory or precautionary quarantine: 
 
Mandatory Quarantine
·      Person has been in close contact (6 ft.) with someone who is positive but is not displaying symptoms for COVID-19.
 
·      Person has traveled to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea or Italy and is displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
 
Mandatory Isolation
·      Person has tested positive for COVID-19, whether or not displaying symptoms for COVID-19. 
·      LHDs must immediately issue an order for Mandatory Quarantine or Isolation once notified, which shall be served on the person impacted. 
 
·      Precautionary Quarantine- Person meets one or more of the following criteria: 
·      Has traveled to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea or Italy while COVID-19 was prevalent, but is not displaying symptoms.
 
·      Proximate exposure to a positive person but has not had direct contact with a positive person and is not displaying symptoms. 
 
·      Any person the Local Health Department believes should be quarantined that is not addressed through the interim guidelines, should contact the Department of Health.
 
Hamilton County Department of Public Health 518-648-5497 or email:
Erica Mahoney erica.mahoney.hcphns@frontier.com
 
Hamilton County Public Health and the North Country Chamber of Commerce have provided our area businesses with numerous webinars helping illuminate all the safety protocols, expectations and more just to help owners get a handle on how to greet the public while meeting safety protocols. Our businesses are working hard to go above and beyond the expectations!

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.

Services and Info Updated 4.22.20

COMMUNITY UPDATES

 
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
https://www.facebook.com/Adirondack-Hotel-on-Long-Lake-104149186320212/


ADK Trading Post
Groceries available for curbside pickup only, online orders only
Email adktradingpost@gmail.com 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
https://www.facebook.com/AliBabasLiquorAndWine/
 
The Cellar Restaurant & Pub
OPENING AS SCHEDULED ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2020!
(518) 624-5539
*WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY 4:30-8PM*
Take out and Delivery available
http://www.thecellarlonglake.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Cellar-Restaurant-and-Pub-110762935603265/

 
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
518-269-6003
 
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.
https://longlakediner.com/
https://www.facebook.com/longlakedinerandpub/

 
Stewart’s Shops, Long Lake 
Open Daily 5am – 10pm
Gas/Convenience
https://www.facebook.com/YourStewarts/
 
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
https://www.facebook.com/Bartenders-of-the-Taproom-329449650586020/
 
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
 
Worship
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 https://www.facebook.com/LongLakeWesleyanChurch/ 
 
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
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause
 
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 reserveamerica.com
 
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
https://mylonglake.com
https://mylonglake.com/covid-19-business-resources/
https://mylonglake.com/our-town-government/public-health/
https://mylonglake.com/local-updates/
http://longlake.org for Town of Long Lake Board Meeting Information
 
MASKS
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.

Update 

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 longlake@mylonglake.com  

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. 

PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE TO SEASONAL RESIDENTS AND RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS
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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Long Lake Tee-Shirt Video

On Friday, April 17, 2020 we put a call out to fans to post photos wearing their Long Lake T-Shirts. Some dug in their camera rolls and came up with some good ones. Others were totally psyched because they were wearing their shirts when that post appeared and quickly sent us a notice. Others just sent photos of them in Long Lake, because they love it so much. So we took those posts and made a video.

 

Music “Above All Else”

Written By Stephen Keech

Performed By Wild Wonder Produced By Wild Wonder

Soundstripe.com

 

Paddling Fishing Brook

Public Health Guidance to Seasonal Residents and Rental Property Owners 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

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.

 

#WeWillBeHereADK

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.

 

#WeWillBeHereADK

 

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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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