Coronavirus

  Ballot drop boxes are next legal fight in voting

Millions of Americans are expected to vote by mail this fall as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

No patrons at the Masters this year, Augusta National Golf Club says

  Companies test antibody drugs to treat, prevent COVID-19

Record number of COVID-19 tests conducted

  New Zealand scrambles to find source of new virus infections

  World’s last Blockbuster store offers Airbnb experience

  US enters deal for 100 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna

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Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

  Worldwide virus cases top 20 million, doubling in six weeks

Three new COVID cases reported in north country

  Scientists uneasy as Russia approves 1st coronavirus vaccine

March on Washington reconfigured to comply with virus rules

Duke scientists rate which masks work and which don’t

  How to protect kids from digital eye strain during pandemic

Digital eye strain was an issue before COVID-19, but now it’s a bigger one, with some kids spending more time on their devices.

2 states & Virgin Islands added to NY’s quarantine list

Two more states and a U.S. territory meet the criteria for people to quarantine for two weeks if they come from those areas to New York.

  What do the kids say? K-12 students sound off on school

Anxious parents around the country are looking to schools that have already opened for signs of how it might go.

Possible undercount in NY nursing home deaths

New York’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, already among the highest in the nation, could actually be a significant undercount.

  Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days

  90% increase in COVID-19 cases seen in US children over last month, report says

  Dems say Trump’s payroll tax break weakens Social Security

  States strain to carry out Trump order on unemployment aid

  Confirmed coronavirus cases in the world reach 20 million

  In virus talks, Pelosi holds firm; Mnuchin wants a deal

Lewis County reports seven new cases of COVID-19

The seven additional cases are in isolation at home and contact tracing is underway.

Lab makes mistake in 5 Jefferson County COVID tests, St. Lawrence County sees no new cases Monday

Five positive COVID-19 tests recently reported in Jefferson County turned out to be a mistake.

  Some schools foot the bill for student masks

New on the back to school list this year? Masks. But don’t rush out to buy dozens for your student. That's because some schools have already paid to make sure your kids are covered.

  Antonio Banderas says he’s tested positive for coronavirus

Antonio Banderas says he’s tested positive for COVID-19 and is celebrating his 60th birthday in quarantine.

  Sources: Big Ten votes to cancel football season; conference spokesman says otherwise

The Sunday vote by school presidents was 12-2 to call off fall sports because of the pandemic.

  New Zealand marks 100 days of coronavirus elimination

New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it stamped out the spread of the coronavirus, a rare bright spot in a world that continues to be ravaged by the disease.

Schools mull outdoor classes amid virus, ventilation worries

Concerns about school infrastructure are adding momentum to plans in some districts, even in colder climates, to take classes outdoors for the sake of student and teacher health.

Police: Rape suspect killed accuser after release from Va. jail due to COVID-19

After a car chase, authorities say they found the suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken into custody but died from his injuries just days later.

Puerto Rico halts primary voting in centers lacking ballots

The primaries for voting centers that had not received ballots by early afternoon are expected to be rescheduled, while voting would continue elsewhere, the commission said.

  Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

After negotiations with lawmakers on the next package of pandemic economic assistance hit a wall, Trump used what he said were the inherent powers of the presidency to forge ahead on tax and spending policy that Congress says it is granted by the Constitution.

  Georgia school with large crowds reports positive virus cases, closes for cleaning

The principal of North Paulding High School in a suburb west of Atlanta sent a letter Saturday to parents disclosing the positive tests.

  Ohio governor’s conflicting COVID-19 tests raise backlash

The Ohio governor’s positive, then negative, tests for COVID-19 have provided fuel for skeptics of government pandemic mandates and critics of his often-aggressive policies.

  US tops 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, to Europe’s alarm

The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. reached 5 million Sunday, by far the highest in the world, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

  Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

Bypassing Congress, President Donald Trump on Saturday signed executive orders deferring payroll taxes for some Americans and extending unemployment benefits after negotiations on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine again tests negative for coronavirus

The fourth COVID-19 test result for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative Saturday after he received conflicting positive and negative results two days before, ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Trump.

  Schools face big virus test as students return to classroom

The question of whether an infected student or staffer should trigger an automatic shutdown has divided school officials.

  Last-ditch virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

A breakdown in the talks would put at risk more than $100 billion to help reopen schools, a fresh round of $1,200 direct payments to most people and hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments to help them avoid furloughing workers and cutting services as tax revenues shrivel.

  Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years.

  Harleys everywhere, masks nowhere: Sturgis draws thousands

The rally could become one of the largest public gatherings since the pandemic began.

  Jefferson County’s COVID-19 cases double in a month

In the last 4 weeks, the county recorded a 100 percent increase in cases - going from 109 on July 9 to 217 on August 6.

  US hiring slows in July as signs of lasting damage emerge

The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is weakening hiring and the economic rebound.

  US reports show racial disparities in kids with COVID-19

The coronavirus has exposed racial fractures in the U.S. health care system, as Black, Hispanic and Native Americans have been hospitalized and killed by COVID-19 at far higher rates than other groups.

Cardinals’ game against Cubs postponed after positive COVID-19 test

Major League Baseball said the game was postponed to allow more time for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process.

Schools can reopen, governor says

“All school districts can open in the state,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

  Suspension lifted of Georgia student who took crowded hallway photo

A Georgia high school student says she was suspended after she posted a photo of a crowded school hallway on social media.

  Texas boy delivers care packages to essential workers

Five-year-old Wilburt Coleman has been going door to door, giving care packages to families with essential workers and those most vulnerable to the virus.

Lewis County COVID-19 cases stay at 49

Forty-six of the 49 have recovered and three are in isolation.

  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests negative after positive test before Trump visit

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead a planned meeting with President Donald Trump.

  Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God

President Donald Trump is engaging in a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation the former vice president's faith in God.

  ‘Worst nightmare’: Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid

An unemployed makeup artist with two toddlers and a disabled husband needs help with food and rent. A hotel manager says his unemployment has deepened his anxiety and kept him awake at night. A dental hygienist, pregnant with her third child, is struggling to afford diapers and formula.

  Virus talks on brink of collapse, sides still ‘far apart’

Both sides have set a goal of reaching a deal by week’s end.

Congress urges Postal Service to undo changes slowing mail

A Democratic senator said Thursday he is launching an investigation into changes at the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting.

Were you exposed to COVID-19 at work? In most states, your employer isn’t required to tell you.

Employees say they were exposed to coworkers who tested positive for COVID-19 but were never informed by their employers. In most states, companies don't have to disclose cases.

  Temperature checks will be required if students go back school. So who will do it?

If kids go back to school in the fall, they just can't hop on the bus or walk into the classroom. They first need to be screened for COVID-19. Who is going to do that? The answer depends on the district.

  1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired.

New COVID-19 cases: 12 in Jefferson County, 1 in St. Lawrence

Jefferson County reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. That’s the highest single-day number since the pandemic began.

  Mental health issues rise in children during pandemic, expert says

One child psychologist said he's seeing a significant increase in mental health issues among children.

  State officials say they’re looking at ways to reopen gyms safely

If you miss going to the gym to stay in shape, you’ll likely have to wait a bit longer.

  ‘Shame on all of you’: Obituary for man who died of COVID-19 complications blames Trump, people who won’t wear masks

David Nagy, 79, of Jefferson, died a needless death, his family pointed out in his obituary.

CDC: People are dying after drinking hand sanitizer

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people are getting sick and even dying from ingesting hand sanitizer.

Lewis County adds 1 COVID-19 case

So far, Lewis County has had a new case of the coronavirus each day this week.

  Local lawmakers object to allowing state prison visits

Maximum security prisons in the state started welcoming back visitors Wednesday. Other prisons will allow visitors starting Saturday.

  St. Lawrence Centre mall reopens ... slowly

Under New York's reopening plan, the mall could have opened a few weeks ago but was still waiting for new air filters the state requires.

  MLB tightening virus protocols, including masks in dugouts

The league made changes to its 2020 operations manual after outbreaks on the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals led to 21 postponements in the first two weeks of a shortened 60-game season.

Church attendees at risk for COVID-19 exposure

Public Health officials in St. Lawrence County say congregants who attended services at the Christian Fellowship Center on Court Street between 10 a.m. an 11 a.m. on Sunday have a potential risk for exposure.

  Rockettes cancel Christmas show due to coronavirus pandemic

All tickets sold for the 2020 show will be automatically refunded.

Signs ominous and hopeful as college sports hangs in balance

The NCAA Board of Governors handed off any decision on whether to hold championships for fall sports such as soccer and lower-level football to each division.

Facebook, citing virus misinformation, deletes Trump post

Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for the first time, saying it violated its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

  Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

After more than a week’s worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill.

State Dept.: Russia pushes disinformation in online network

The State Department says Russia is using social media, state-funded media and a loose network of proxy websites to amplify conspiracy theories and misinformation, most recently around the coronavirus.

2 new COVID-19 cases reported in tri-county region

There were 2 new cases of coronavirus to report in the tri-county region Wednesday.

Governor’s office clarifies Cuomo’s remarks about COVID-19 tests and students

There have been questions about whether or not schools will have to administer COVID-19 tests to students once the academic year begins. On Wednesday, the governor's office offered some clarification.

UConn becomes 1st FBS team to cancel football season because of coronavirus

UConn canceled its 2020-2021 football season Wednesday, becoming the first FBS program to suspend football because of the coronavirus pandemic, as other schools had taken the Huskies off their schedules and the governor was reluctant to allow UConn to travel to states with high infection rates.

  ‘We are no less American’: Deaths pile up on Texas border

For nearly a month, this borderland of 2 million people in South Texas pleaded for a field hospital, but not until Tuesday was one ready and accepting patients.

  Walmart releases schedule for its parking lot drive-in theaters

Starting at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, families can sign up for a location near them at TheWalmartDriveIn.com.

  More millennials buying homes during pandemic

Some in real estate say the coronavirus is pushing younger homebuyers out of the city and into their first homes.

Virginia first to roll out pandemic app from Apple, Google

The free Covidwise app is available in Apple and Android app stores as of Wednesday.

  Major cruise lines cancel departures through October

With new coronavirus clusters sprouting aboard ships overseas, the U.S. cruise industry is extending its suspension of operations through October