COVID-19 Monday night: the numbers, how it’s affecting the north country

COVID-19 update
COVID-19 update(WWNY)
Updated: Mar. 23, 2020 at 4:32 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - There were no new cases of COVID-19 in the north country Monday.

Jefferson County currently has 2 people who tested positive for the virus. Those people, a Watertown resident and an employee of Carthage Area Hospital, are in mandatory isolation.

There are 204 people in the county who are in precautionary quarantine.

So far, there have been 64 negative test results in Jefferson County.

In St. Lawrence County, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19

As of Monday, there are 21 people in the county in quarantine.

Approximately 195 people have been tested, 75 tests have come back negative, while 120 are still pending.

There are no confirmed cases in Lewis County as of Monday.

Officials there say 24 people are in precautionary quarantine.

There have been 36 people tested; 22 results were negative and officials are awaiting the results of 14 tests.

As of Monday, New York had 5,707 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the statewide total to 20,875.

The effect of COVID-19 continues to ripple through the state and the north country.

Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is critical for healthcare workers on the front lines of COVID-19. At Pediatric Associates of Watertown, a doctor tells us there’s not enough.

In order to help with the shortage, some Sackets Harbor residents are getting creative with their time at home by sewing face masks.

At the Hannawa Falls Fire Department, school food service workers were handing out meals to students’ families who drove there Monday. It’s to help make up for children missing meals at school and for meals they’ll miss at home now that job cuts and layoffs are hitting households.

With groceries in high demand, many people in the north country are turning directly to local farmers for the foods they need.

If you’ve been laid off, there may be a way for you to get low-cost or free health insurance.

Lewis County announced Monday it’s suspending public access to some of its buildings and offices.

Massena launched an emergency operations center in response to the outbreak.

St. Lawrence Health System’s Canton-Potsdam Hospital has temporarily suspended some services.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association decided Monday to cancel the remaining winter state championship events.

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