Tuesday, November 3, 2020
UVM Health Network and University of Vermont to Participate in Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Trial
The University of Vermont Medical Center and Vaccine Testing Center at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine have been selected to take part in a Phase 3 trial for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and manufactured by AstraZeneca.
The AZD1222 COVID-19 VACCINE Study is researching an investigational vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The study will track the safety and effectiveness of the investigational vaccine. Approximately 30,000 participants from the United States will take part in this study, including at least 250 people locally.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our area to help develop a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 and control the ongoing pandemic,” said Beth Kirkpatrick, MD, a specialist in Infectious Diseases at UVM Medical Center and director of the Larner College of Medicine’s Vaccine Testing Center.
Statewide Sales Tax Collections Down in 3rd quarter by 9.5% - North Country Counties More Positive
While statewide sales tax collections for the third quarter of 2020 (July-August-September) were down 9.5% compared with the same period in 2019, our area counties performed significantly better. In CLINTON COUNTY, sales tax receipts were on par with 2019, down just 0.2%. September saw a particular rebound in revenue, up 20.6% compared with September 2019.

  • ESSEX COUNTY: Up 1.8% for the quarter
  • FRANKLIN COUNTY: Up 8.4% for the quarter
  • HAMILTON COUNTY: Down 4.0% for the quarter
  • WARREN COUNTY: Down 1.7% for the quarter
New Forgiveness Application/Procedures for PPP Loans of $50,000 and Less
Join the North Country Chamber of Commerce and SCORE for a webinar that will cover the most recent changes to the Paycheck Protection Program including the new forgiveness application/procedures for loans of $50,000 and less.

Date: November 10, 2020
Time: 2:00PM

Staff from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be on the call to provide the most up-to-date information to our members and business community, as well as, answer your questions.

Questions will be accepted ahead of time, using the “REGISTER HERE” button below. Due to time constraints, questions submitted during the webinar may not be answered.

Any questions, please contact Joel at joel@northcountrychamber.com or (518) 563-1000.
Plattsburgh Restaurant Rescues Neighboring Eatery With ‘Kitchen Takeover’
So many times during the pandemic, we have heard bad news, so we take every opportunity we can to show stories of kindness spread throughout communities. Kelly O’Brien shows us the true meaning of neighbors helping neighbors.

Aleka’s Restaurant in downtown Plattsburgh may have its lights off, but it is very much open. Last week, the well-known Greek restaurant got the news that it needed to close for a second time this year.

“I actually laughed at it, another obstacle for 2020,” said Peter Kritziotis, the restaurant’s owner. He says the building was closed by the Plattsburgh building inspector. “To make it a quick summary, our outer wall is compromised. Therefore, it is not safe for me to be in my kitchen and operate anything in my kitchen.”

The neighbors next door, Olive Ridley’s Taphouse& Grill, have been known to lend a hand in the past. “We share a parking lot,” said Kritziotis. “How are we going to help each other? And it’s always been that way.”
High-speed COVID-19 Test Lab Unveiled at Adirondack Medical Center
Two local public health institutions have teamed up to launch a new high-speed COVID-19 testing lab.

The lab, located at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, was launched this past Friday. It’s a collaboration between biomedical research facility Trudeau Institute and Adirondack Health, which operates the local hospital.

This lab is the first of its kind in this region. The creation of this new lab — which currently has the capacity to process anywhere from 80 to 160 tests per day — means faster turnaround times for COVID test results.
Governor Cuomo Announces Emergency Food Providers to Continue to Deliver New York Agricultural Products to New York Families in Need
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an additional $10 million is being dedicated to the Nourish New York program, bringing the total funding dedicated to the program to $35 million. The funding will allow New York's emergency food providers to continue to purchase surplus products from New York farmers and dairy manufacturers and deliver it to New York families in need through the end of the year, including during the holiday season, which can be a challenging time for families. Nourish New York was first announced by the Governor in April 2020 in response to the financial hardships New York's dairy farmers were facing with the loss of key markets and the significant, increased demand New York's food banks were seeing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the program started, more than 16 million pounds of dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and more have been purchased and provided to 823,883 households.
  • Forward NY: Official State Website for opening procedures and guidelines.

  • Looking for Supplies: If your business is looking for hard to find protective products, we have created a list of businesses offering hand sanitizer, gloves, wipes, masks and other items.

  • SCORE: Small business owners are resilient and can power through this challenging time, with SCORE by their side.
To help the North Country reopen safely and meet the state and local mandates, The North Country Chamber of Commerce has created a comprehensive list of resources to navigate state and local requirements. Check out the home page for details. There is also a series of webinars available for businesses to help educate and provide answers to common questions.
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