Updated March 28, 2020, 3:30 PM: 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading throughout New York State. As of March 28th, there were over 52,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York, in 59 out of the state’s 62 counties, though many Upstate New York counties face shortages of medical supplies and cannot undertake extensive testing.

There are now a number of confirmed cases on the edges and interior of the Adirondack Park:

Clinton County – 12 positive cases 
Essex County – 4
Franklin – 4
Fulton County – 1
Hamilton County – 2 
Herkimer County – 9
Oneida – 23
Saratoga County – 96
St. Lawrence – 8 
Warren County – 13
Washington County – 6

The Adirondack Park and North Country have some advantages. We socially isolate as a way of life, but we also have some real challenges as we’re a population with many older residents who are the most vulnerable. We also have high rates of chronic diseases, which makes people more vulnerable to COVID-19, and we have large populations who live long distances from health care facilities, many who live an hour’s drive or more away from a hospital.

Everyday life for New Yorkers and people throughout the U.S. has changed as people have been urged to stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19. In New York, the Governor has ordered a “pause” in nearly all facets of commercial and public life and ordered all non-essential businesses to close. Here is information on the Governor’s Executive Order for all New Yorkers that closes non-essential businesses. New Yorkers are encouraged to remain at home and leave only for medical care or to get food and other supplies. All non-essential businesses in New York have been ordered to close or curtail operations. Here’s the list of essential businesses in New York.
 
The Governor and state officials say it’s fine to get out and walk and hike, just do not travel long distances to do so, which means do not drive for hours to hike in the Adirondacks, and practice suggested social distancing by doing so solo or in the small family groups with whom you are “pausing” (sheltering in place) at home.
 
Protect the Adirondacks will continue to provide updates about the spread of COVID-19 in New York. Here are some basic websites that have reliable information.
 
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a good site that lists the things that people can do to keep yourself safe.
 
Here are five things that the World Health Organization suggests that you do to protect yourself:
 
1 – HANDS – Wash them often
2 – ELBOW – Cough into it
3 – FACE – Don’t touch it
4 – FEET – Stay more than 6 feet apart from other people
5 – FEEL SICK – Stay home and call your doctor
 
Here’s more information about self-protection.
 
Here’s information about how Coronavirus spreads.
 
Here’s information about how to protect your home.
 
The NYS Department of Health updates each afternoon a list of counties in New York with documented cases of Coronavirus each afternoon.
 
New York City Department of Health is also updating the numbers of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the five boroughs of New York each day at 6PM.
 
The New York Times has taken down its paywall and has opened its Coronavirus reporting to everybody. The Times has good information on the spread around the world, in the U.S., and in New York State.
 
North Country Public Radio is running, and frequently updating a very informative coronavirus blog that focuses on the North Country and Adirondack Park.
 
And, as always, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise is a constant source of good and timely information on the Tri-Lakes and Adirondacks.
 
The chart below is for the documented infection levels in New York State. The first coronavirus case in New York State was confirmed in Westchester County on March 1st. As of March 28th, there were over 52,000 confirmed cases in the state:
 
County Confirmed Cases
New York City 29,766
Westchester 7,875
Nassau 5,537
Suffolk 4,138
Rockland 1,896
Orange 1,101
Erie 318
Dutchess 262
Albany 195
Monroe 192
Putnam 131
Onondaga 129
Ulster 128
Saratoga 96
Schenectady 72
Sullivan 72
Tompkins 45
Rensselaer 38
Niagara 33
Broome 23
Oneida 23
Columbia 22
Madison 19
Ontario 16
Steuben 13
Warren 13
Chemung 12
Clinton 12
Wayne 12
Herkimer 9
Chenango 8
Delaware 8
St. Lawrence 8
Genesee 7
Greene 7
Oswego 7
Otsego 7
Wyoming 7
Jefferson 6
Washington 6
Chautauqua 5
Cortland 5
Livingston 5
Montgomery 5
Schoharie 5
Essex 4
Franklin 4
Tioga 4
Orleans 3
Allegany 2
Cayuga 2
Hamilton 2
Cattaraugus 1
Fulton 1
Schuyler 1
Total Number of Positive Cases 52,318