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Coronavirus

AFD veteran loses battle with COVID-19

AMSTERDAM — Montgomery County is mourning the death of Dave Swart, a 30-year veteran of the Amsterdam Fire Department who died Friday due to complications of the COVID-19 coronavirus, according a statement issued by the county. Montgomery County made a statement on their Facebook page ...

Sewing community steps up to help

GLOVERSVILLE — Throughout Fulton County volunteers are arming themselves with sewing needles to support non-clinical employees at Nathan Littauer Hospital by making thousands of masks to ensure all staff members have the protection they need to keep themselves and the community safe during ...

Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies collecting food for those in need

FULTONVILLE — The members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office are giving back to the community in more ways than one as they continue their daily patrols while collecting food donations to give to local food banks to help aid those impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. According to a press ...

A letter from the editor

Dear Reader, The last few weeks have been full of uncertainty for many of you here in the Tri-County area when it comes to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and we wanted today to provide you with an update on how we've been covering the crisis here at The Leader-Herald and the resources we have made ...

Those without broadband internet struggle in a stuck-at-home nation

By TALI ARBEL and MICHAEL CASEY The Associated Press NEW YORK — In Sandwich, New Hampshire, a town of 1,200 best known as a setting for the movie “On Golden Pond,” broadband is scarce. Forget streaming Netflix, much less working or studying from home. Even the police department ...

Many struggle to pay rent amid virus outbreak

By JEFFREY COLLINS The Associated Press It’s the first of the month, and everybody knows the rent’s due. For millions of Americans, Wednesday was the first time the landlord knocked on the door since the coronavirus outbreak turned the economy upside down. Many of those renters are ...

What you need to do to get your stimulus check

By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL The Associated Press The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks in the next three weeks. The payments are part of the $2.2 trillion rescue package signed into law last week by President Donald Trump aimed ...

Virus slump expected to rival big recessions in history

By PAN PYLAS The Associated Press LONDON — The coronavirus-related recessions around the world are going to be bad — and for some of the world’s major industrial nations the worst that anyone alive has experienced, according to analysts at Deutsche Bank. In a wide-ranging report ...

Wuhan’s favorite noodles back as virus-hit city recovers

WUHAN, China (AP) — The noodles smothered in peanut sauce are as much a trademark of Wuhan as deep-dish pizza in Chicago or spaghetti in Rome. Zhou Guoqiong still isn’t allowed to serve customers inside her shop, but the stream of eager customers now lining up outside to take away those ...

New online store offers help to shuttered indie booksellers

By HILLEL ITALIE The Associated Press Andy Hunter, founder of a new online sales outlet for independent booksellers, had seen a crisis building well before the coronavirus pandemic shut down many of the country’s stores. “Between 2015 and 2018, I saw this big jump in the percentage ...

Urgent question from small businesses: When will aid arrive?

NEW YORK — When will the money arrive? That’s the urgent question for small business owners who have been devastated by the coronavirus outbreak. They’re awaiting help from the $2 trillion rescue package signed into law Friday. But with bills fast coming due, no end to business closings ...

U.S. sheds 701,000 jobs, ending a record-long hiring streak

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade as employers cut 701,000 jobs because of the viral outbreak that’s all but shut down the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4 ...

Eight cases in Fulton County

The Leader-Herald Staff Reports JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Public Health Director Laurel Headwell has confirmed there are currently eight positive COVID-19 cases in Fulton County. Fulton County saw its first COVID-19 case on March 19, and did not get a second confirmed case until Wednesday. ...

Coronavirus survivor: ‘In my blood, there may be answers’

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and MARSHALL RITZEL The Associated Press NEW YORK — Tiffany Pinckney remembers the fear when COVID-19 stole her breath. So when she recovered, the New York City mother became one of the country’s first survivors to donate her blood to help treat other ...

‘Surreal’: N.Y. funeral homes struggle as virus deaths surge

By JAKE SEINER and JOHN MINCHILLO The Associated Press NEW YORK — Pat Marmo walked among 20 or so deceased in the basement of his Brooklyn funeral home, his protective mask pulled down so his pleas could be heard. “Every person there, they’re not a body,” he said. “They’re ...

Cancellations, closures

The following is a list of area cancellations due to concern over the virus COVID-19. This is a work in progress and will be updated daily: Events ∫ The Montgomery County Public Health rabies vaccination clinic scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. ∫ The Gloversville Easter Egg ...

Little ways to make studying and working at home more productive

JOHNSTOWN — With the SUNY Fulton-Montgomery Community College campus workforce and student population doing business at home, most find themselves in unchartered waters. The new reality, though, is not without best practices. Two SUNY Plattsburgh School of Business and Economics faculty ...

Prince Charles opens fast-tracked hospital

By PAN PYLAS The Associated Press LONDON — Prince Charles today remotely opened the new Nightingale Hospital at London’s main exhibition and conference center, a temporary facility that will soon be able to treat 4,000 people who have contracted COVID-19. Charles said he was ...

Vendors return in Wuhan as memorial prepared

WUHAN, China (AP) — Sidewalk vendors wearing face masks and gloves sold pork, tomatoes, carrots and other vegetables to shoppers today in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic began, as workers prepared for a national memorial this weekend for health workers and others who died in ...