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Extension comes days after Canada's announcement that fully vaccinated Americans can travel north across the border beginning Aug. 9.

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In the face of two breakthrough COVID cases, Dr. Rietsema emphasizes that the majority of COVID deaths are occurring among the unvaccinated.

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Canadians flew across the border to attend to sailboat stored at Plattsburgh Boat Basin for the first time since the border closure.

AKWESASNE — Effective Friday, individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to wear masks indoors or outdoors under the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's jurisdiction, with the exception of all tribal facilities, the tribe's Emergency Operations Center announced.

Visiting hours extended, more support persons allowed for end-of-life situations and Skilled Nursing Facility visits.

State continues to await guidance from the state on whether to also make masking optional inside schools, including for those who are unvaccinated.

State says county officials did good job anticipating finances during pandemic

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ALBANY — New York's long term care facilities have found themselves with acute staffing shortages while facing a sharp drop in admissions as the pandemic has motivated more families to choose other options for caring for frail relatives.

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Getting vaccinated will help reopen border, lift restrictions on local businesses, chamber president says.

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Northern border restrictions keep Can-Am family at a distance for second straight Mom Day.

North Country Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Garry Douglas called the adjustments "a welcome and major next step toward more normal business activity ahead of summer."

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