Coronavirus

  New York’s coronavirus toll tops 9/11, while Wuhan ends lockdown

In the U.S., some of the deadliest hot spots are Detroit, New Orleans and the New York metropolitan area, which includes parts of Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut.

  Texas woman, 18, arrested after threatening to spread coronavirus, police say

  NYC virus deaths exceed 4,000, topping toll for 9/11 attacks

  Wisconsin voters wait for hours, others stay home amid coronavirus

  Trump upends virus oversight, removing key official

Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73

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

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  One-on-one with Dr. Fauci: The next hot zones, African American deaths, and safety for factory workers

  Twitter’s Dorsey sets up $1B fund; consumers get some breaks

Trump seeks $250 billion more from Congress for payrolls

  Trader Joe’s, others will close on Easter

Court allows Texas to ban most abortions during virus crisis

  Navy boss resigns amid uproar over firing of ship captain

Computer issues at SBA said to hold up small business loans

The SBA’s loan processing system stopped working Monday, making it impossible for loans to be approved and funds distributed, according to a trade group for community bankers and the CEO of an online lending marketplace.

  Allergies, flu, coronavirus: What your symptoms mean

How to tell the symptoms of allergies, the flu and coronavirus apart.

  Sheriff warns of ‘very dire consequences’ as he issues travel restriction advisory

St. Lawrence County Sheriff Brooks Bigwarfe has issued a travel restriction advisory due to COVID-19. It’s all because the county has the most rapidly growing number of coronavirus cases in all of New York state.

70 people in St. Lawrence County have coronavirus, 8 are hospitalized

St. Lawrence County has 7 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number to 70.

Logan’s Roadhouse fires employees, closes 261 locations

  Wall Street’s rally fizzles as oil prices suddenly plunge

Ex-MLB player finishes medical school, primes to fight virus

  Fourth grader’s Zoom class conference interrupted by pornographic video, Fla. mom says

  Matthew McConaughey hosts virtual bingo match for senior citizens

Lowe’s to close on Easter to give employees day off amid coronavirus outbreak

Lowe’s to close on Easter to give employees day off amid coronavirus outbreak

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s will be closed on Easter Sunday in order to give employees a day off during the coronavirus pandemic.

  When leaders are stricken in office, how do nations act?

The hospitalization of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the first head of government to be stricken by the coronavirus, has pushed this matter to the fore.

  NY changes high school graduation rules after cancelling Regents exams

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Education Department is making changes so high school students can earn a diploma.

  Plan to move ventilators downstate goes from mandatory to voluntary

A state grab of ventilators won't be happening.

Paul recovered from coronavirus; volunteering at hospital

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that he has recovered from the coronavirus and has started volunteering at a hospital in his Kentucky hometown.

  Internet access challenges students, teachers in rural areas

School districts across the north country are facing a similar problem as the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing more classes online.

1 person recovers from COVID-19 in Lewis County, no new cases reported

Lewis County reported Tuesday morning that one person has recovered from COVID-19.

  Free webinar offered to help local businesses

The Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses across the tri-county region to join a Zoom conference call to hear about funding opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  VIDEO: Dancing WWII vet rocks his quarantine jam

Chuck jams on his front porch to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

  JCC offers WiFi hot spots in parking lots

Jefferson Community College has turned its parking lots into WiFi hot spots.

  Sales tax change leaves Ogdensburg, other municipalities fearful

St. Lawrence County gets the upper hand on sales tax. That leaves Ogdensburg and other municipalities fearful.

  Little Caesars donating 1 million pizzas to first responders, hospitals

Restaurant chain Little Caesars has announced it will donate 1 million pizzas to first responders and medical workers in the next few weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

  A little levity during a trying time

You continue to send us pictures and videos to brighten our day.

  Pregnancy not linked to severe forms of coronavirus, study says

The study was published Monday in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

  Social media platforms try to limit spread of false 5G coronavirus claims

YouTube and other social media platforms are trying to limit the spread of false 5G coronavirus claims after cellphone towers in the United Kingdom were attacked.

  Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny ‘essential workers,’ New Zealand leader says

New Zealand has decided there is some magic in the world after officially declaring children’s favorites the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy are essential workers.

  Modeling coronavirus: ‘Uncertainty is the only certainty’

As leaders try to get a handle on the coronavirus outbreak, they are turning to numerous mathematical models to help them figure out what might — key word, might — happen next and what they should try to do now to contain and prepare for the spread.

  Financial hits pile up for colleges as some fight to survive

Some have been pushed to the brink of collapse after the coronavirus outbreak triggered financial losses that could total more than $100 million at some institutions.

  Mich. woman recreates cruise at home after it was canceled due to coronavirus

On Facebook, the woman posted pictures of herself “enjoying the water” and drinking tropical drinks – made from apples instead of coconuts.

  Virus deaths slow in some places, British PM’s condition worsens

The steep rise in coronavirus deaths in New York seems to be leveling off in a possible sign that social distancing is working in the most lethal hot spot in the U.S., the governor said Monday — a trend that appears to have taken hold more convincingly in hard-hit Italy and Spain.

  Wisconsin moves forward with election despite virus concerns

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday issued an executive order to delay the state’s presidential primary for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, a move that will almost certainly prompt a court challenge and inject new uncertainty about whether the election will move forward.

Congress, White House reach high for next virus bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said another $1 trillion is needed, beyond the just-passed $2.2 trillion effort.

Congress, White House reach high for next virus bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said another $1 trillion is needed, beyond the just-passed $2.2 trillion effort.

3M, U.S. reach agreement that allows mask exports to Canada

The company said Monday that the U.S. government and 3M have a plan to produce 166.5 million masks over the next three months to support healthcare workers in the United States.

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

The number of people testing positive COVID-19 in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties climbed to 112 on Monday.

Two Fort Drum medical employees test positive for COVID

The employees are both Jefferson County residents and are both in mandatory isolation.

  California loans 500 ventilators to 4 states, 2 territories

The loan comes after California's hospitals added more than 3,000 ventilators to their supplies through refurbishing old or broken ones and buying some new.

  Navy leader calls fired carrier captain ‘naive’ or ‘stupid’

In a public address to the ship’s crew Monday morning, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said Crozier was either stupid or naïve, or betrayed the Navy, according to a transcript provided by Navy officials.

Trump, Biden spoke by phone about coronavirus outbreak

The two people familiar with the call spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversation.

  WATCH: No birthday party, no problem: Police lead drive-by parade for 5-year-old

The family contacted police to see if an officer would be willing to participate. When it was time for the party, four officers showed up to lead the parade.

Los Angeles has the lowest pollution in the world

The most likely explanation is with so many people sheltering in place, fewer cars are on the road.

  Cuomo keeping schools, businesses closed until April 29 as ‘social distancing appears to be working’

There may be a glimmer of hope when it comes to COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state.

  June Regents exams will be cancelled

The official announcement from the Board of Regents is expected Tuesday.

  Old nursing home could become St. Lawrence County’s COVID-19 quarantine center

St. Lawrence County has found a place to quarantine up to 40 people, if necessary.

NFL going virtual for upcoming draft

The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes.

  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of the hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.

  Virus is mostly mild and rarely fatal for US kids, data show

The first national data on COVID-19 in U.S. children suggest that while the illness usually isn’t severe in kids, some do get sick enough to require hospital treatment.

  Kroger to limit number of customers inside stores to help reduce spread of coronavirus

Kroger is the latest grocery chain to reduce the maximum number of customers allowed in its supermarkets.

Samaritan Medical Center treating patient with COVID-19

Watertown's Samaritan Medical Center is reporting its first inpatient case of COVID-19.

  Gaga raises $35M for virus fight, curates all-star TV event

The multi-hour TV special, which will also stream live on YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more platforms.

  Wall Street leaps 7%, markets rally worldwide on virus hopes

Stocks around the world jumped Monday after some of the hardest-hit areas offered sparks of hope that the worst of the coronavirus outbreak may be on the horizon.

St. Lawrence County now has 63 coronavirus cases

St. Lawrence County reported 2 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the total number to 63.

  Mass. man accused of spitting, coughing in grocery store during coronavirus outbreak

A wild scene erupted Saturday morning at a Massachusetts grocery store after shoppers claimed a man was spitting in the produce aisle.

Jefferson County reports 7 new cases of COVID-19

Jefferson County reported Monday that it has 7 additional cases of COVID-19. That brings the total to 41.

  Alexandria town officials concerned about loss of income source

Sales tax revenue makes up 43 percent of the town of Alexandria's budget, but with economic activity depressed right now due to the coronavirus crisis, officials are very concerned.

  Pollster talks about ‘striking’ findings of COVID-19 survey

In its new poll, Siena College asked questions of 800 New Yorkers to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting them. The results? More stress and anxiety.

Baby born prematurely dies after mother infected with COVID-19; test results for baby pending

The infant’s mother was admitted to a Baton Rouge hospital days before the baby's death.

British Open canceled, Masters to November in major rescheduling

It was a major piece of golf trying to reconfigure a schedule brought on by the spread of the new coronavirus.

Elton John launches $1 million coronavirus emergency fund to help people with HIV/AIDS

The Elton John AIDS Foundation is looking for solutions to help people already living with or at severe risk of HIV/AIDS during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Marvel remakes release calendar; ‘Mulan’ moves to late July

Disney isn't abandoning the summer completely. “Mulan,” which had been scheduled for March and already had its red carpet premiere, will now open July 24.

Maintain distance or wear face masks, DoD says

Everyone on a U.S. Department of Defense installation must wear a face covering if they’re not six feet or more from anyone else.

  Your Turn: feedback on ventilators, golf and paying it forward

Governor Cuomo announced the National Guard will begin moving 20 percent of unused ventilators from upstate hospitals to hard-hit New York City. Most of your feedback this week is about that.

  The effects of COVID-19 on NY’s court system

Local attorney Marcy Robinson Dembs appeared on 7 News at Noon Monday with anchor Diane Rutherford to discuss the changes in the judicial system.

  Exchange student gets surprise send-off

An exchange student’s visit to Adams, New York was cut short because of the COVID-19 outbreak. While that maybe didn’t come as a surprise, his send-off did.

  As cases surge, 3 in 4 US hospitals already facing COVID-19

Three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, according to a federal report that finds hospitals expect to be overwhelmed as cases rocket toward their projected peak.

  Governors plead for food stamp flexibility amid pandemic

Buying groceries online — which many Americans are doing to drastically reduce how often they leave their homes — is only open to SNAP recipients in six U.S. states, and Pennsylvania is not one of them.

  Walmart workers die from coronavirus in Ill.

Phillip Thomas had worked at the Walmart store for nine years, and Wando Evans had been an overnight maintenance worker since 2006.

  Man creates device to help illustrate social distancing

A Michigan man created a device to show how far people should stay away for safety amid the coronavirus pandemic.