COVID-19 Sunday: what we learned today

We have more cases of the illness; there's a hopeful sign in the number of deaths statewide; Governor Cuomo makes his case for taking ventilators.

  Cuomo defends plan to take ventilators from upstate

By the numbers: New York state cases as of Sunday

Sunday: Lewis County COVID cases remain at 8

  A look back: What can happen in 7 days

  Lieutenant Governor Hochul looking to protect tourism season

  Gouverneur Central staff have been busy preparing meals for students

Continued Coverage

Citibus expands service, makes ‘social distance’ changes

State: realtors must show properties ‘virtually’

Saturday evening update: Lewis County now at 8 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Saturday: 26 Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County

Confirmed COVID-19 cases jump to 58 in St. Lawrence County; 5 hospitalized

  Jefferson, Lewis Counties identifying helicopter landing zones to transport supplies downstate

  Cuomo: COVID-19 Apex about 7 days away in N.Y. State

And we get a better understanding of how many ventilators are headed downstate

  A musical way to brighten the day

In Lowville Saturday, it was a musical way to brighten the day.

  Clayton Distillery turns from spirits to hand sanitizer

A new hand sanitizer is hitting the shelves at every Kinney Drugs location and it comes from a Jefferson County distillery.

  Golf is still allowed, giving people a safe environment for fresh air and exercise

While state mandates have shut down just about everything non-essential, golf is still allowed. It’s giving people fresh air and exercise, safely.

  Saturday Sports: Watertown Wolves new majority shareholder is bringing new ideas to the table

New safety measures to take effect at Watertown’s Target store

  Firing up the grills, one Watertown restaurant hosts a chicken BBQ

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

Arconic to temporarily idle Massena operation

  A north country respiratory therapist is concerned about decision to move ventilators downstate

  Late afternoon fire destroys a Town of Waddington home

Waddington Fire Department responded to a call at 2112 County Route 28, where a home was fully engulfed.

  Cluster of COVID-19 cases in Massena home for disabled

There's a second COVID-19 cluster in St. Lawrence County. It's in Massena and among people who are vulnerable.

48 people infected with coronavirus in St. Lawrence County

St. Lawrence County now has 48 confirmed cases of COVID-19. That’s up from 42 cases reported Thursday.

Jefferson County reports 4 new cases of COVID-19

Jefferson County reported Friday that it has 4 additional cases of COVID-19. That brings the total to 20.

Critical information for small businesses about the Paycheck Protection Program

Millions of small business owners are turning to the government, seeking help for the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

  Cuomo issues executive order to deploy equipment from upstate to downstate hospitals

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says hospitals that aren’t using their ventilators and other equipment to battle the coronavirus right now will have to send them to places that are.

  Stefanik: governor’s order to send upstate hospital equipment downstate is “of grave concern”

North country Congresswoman Ellise Stefanik says Governor Cuomo’s order to move hospital equipment from upstate to downstate New York is “of grave concern.”

Lewis County reports 4th coronavirus case

Lewis County Public Health officials announced the county has a fourth confirmed case of COVID-19.

  The challenges of caring for Alzheimer’s patients during pandemic

Caregivers both in the home and nursing facilities have new obstacles when it comes to helping Alzheimer's patients. That's because of COVID-19.

  Bad news about lake and River water levels

When it comes to water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, there’s bad news and worse news. Officials say this summer is likely to be as wet as last year or wetter.

  Local Republican lawmakers criticize new state budget

North country Republicans, voted against the spending plan, saying it doesn’t do enough.

  Teacher shows students how to write, record songs after sharing his own ‘silly’ creation

Lead by example. A Potsdam music teacher, teaching online, asks students to record their own song. But first, he had to do to it himself.

North Country Family Health Center temporarily closes LeRay offices

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Country Family Health Center has temporarily closed its LeRay Family Dental & WIC Offices in Evans Mills.

  Blast from the Past: 2005 spring fever

On this week’s Blast from the Past, we go back to 2005 as spring fever swept into the north country.

  Thanks for brightening our day!

You continue to send us pictures and videos to brighten our day and we're sharing them!

Over 80K health care workers step up to help during pandemic

An army of health care workers has heeded New York’s call for help reinforcing hospitals overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

  Community shows support for Claxton-Hepburn staff

People gathered across the street to cheer on health care workers at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center.

Watertown Wolves have new owner

The pro hockey team announced on its website that real estate investor and entrepreneur Andres Johansson has purchased a majority stake from Don Kirnan.

COVID-19 Thursday 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 61 on Thursday.

Nearly 370,000 New Yorkers file unemployment claims last week

As the COVID-19 pandemic takes its toll on the economy, nearly 370,000 people in New York filed new unemployment claims last week.

  NY’s unemployment claims number may actually be much worse

Nearly 370,000 people in New York filed new unemployment claims last week. It may be an astonishing number, but it may not paint a true picture.

St. Lawrence County now has 42 cases of coronavirus

St. Lawrence County now has 42 people testing positive for COVID-19. That’s up from 37 on Wednesday.

2 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Jefferson County

In Jefferson County, there are now 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up from 14.

  COVID-19 puts major power project on hold, officials want another project postponed

A massive power line project is on hold due to COVID-19 concerns. Massena officials would like to see the same done with a second construction project.

  School funding, tests, proms up in air due to COVID-19

It's a spring of uncertainty for local school districts. Teaching has been turned on its head, important tests are in limbo and the governor has some schools set for cutbacks to help the state budget.

  Local realtors excited, but cautious as they get back to work

About 500 licensed realtors across the north country will once again be able to show homes and rental properties. They couldn't for a couple of weeks due to COVID-19, but now the job is considered essential.

  Going, going...online: auctions continue during pandemic

If you can’t be open, you might as well take your business online. That’s the mindset of an auctioneer in Gouverneur.

  Fort Drum’s commander discusses restrictions, quarantines & Pentagon order

Major General Brian Mennes, commander of 10th Mountain Division, appeared on 7 News This Evening Thursday night to discuss how Fort Drum is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Cuomo: what’s happening in New York will happen in the rest of the country

The governor said at his daily coronavirus briefing that the disease has marched across the state, covering urban, suburban, and rural areas.

No new coronavirus cases in Lewis County since Wednesday night

Thursday morning’s confirmed COVID-19 numbers are out from Lewis County.

Raccoon in Watertown positive for rabies

Jefferson County Public Health officials say the animal was found on Gotham Street in the city.

  Saying thank you to those who help!

We received a quite a few pictures from you showing your appreciation for those who are helping during this stressful time.

Clarkson nixes May commencement

The decision was made in response to health officials extending social distancing guidance into May because of the continuing coronavirus outbreak.

Man allegedly enters window, steals meds

State police say 51 year old Thomas Riley was charged over the weekend with second-degree burglary and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Real estate sales now deemed essential, organization says

The New York State Association of Realtors announced Wednesday that the Cuomo administration has decided that in-person real estate showings are an essential service.

  12-year-old surprised by drive-by party

Cars lined the streets in Watertown Wednesday evening, flashing their lights and decorated with balloons and banners

Lewis County now has 3 coronavirus cases

Lewis County Public Health reported Wednesday night that a third person has tested positive for COVID-19.

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

The number of people testing positive COVID-19 in the north country climbed to 53 on Wednesday.

54 people in tri-county region have COVID-19

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties continues to grow, while Lewis County's numbers remain steady.

  With 14 coronavirus cases, what’s going on in Massena?

St. Lawrence County has far more COVID-19 cases than its neighbors and Massena has the most in the county by far. People are asking why.

  Cuomo: coronavirus deaths near 2,000 in New York

Within 24 hours, nearly 400 more New Yorkers died from COVID-19. Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that 1,941 people in the state have now died from the virus.

  Lieutenant Governor Hochul: ’It’s astounding to see the loss of revenues

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul spoke with 7 News anchor Jeff Cole Wednesday about the state's $10 billion deficit and whether that will come back on the taxpayer.

  Big lunch order helps small business pay the bills

It's not easy running a restaurant right now. But a big order at small diner will help keep the lights on, literally.

  Cuomo says there’s a ‘conceptual agreement’ on a state budget

The governor said legislative leaders were presenting the spending plan to rank and file members of the Senate and Assembly.

  Gouverneur school teachers make face shields for hospital workers

Gouverneur Central School District workers doing their part to help during the COVD-19 outbreak.

  Legion thanks truckers with free meals at roadside stop

COVID-19 has brought many jobs to a screeching halt, but truckers can’t pump the breaks. That's why one local organization thanking them for their hard work during this time.

  An inside look at Fort Drum soldiers in quarantine

Around 300 soldiers from the First Brigade Combat Team are back early from Afghanistan. But, they're not home yet. The brigade is being quarantined for two weeks as a COVID-19 precaution.

  Correction officers will be allowed to wear protective gear at work

The move comes after correction officers union president Mike Powers tested positive for COVID-19.

  Pinwheels bring attention to child abuse

The Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County has planted a symbol of hope to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month.

  Survey to determine pandemic’s impact on tri-county area

North country public health officials are asking the public’s help to determine what effect COVID-19 is having on the region.

Montreal-Lake Ontario Seaway section opens

The portion of the St. Lawrence Seaway that includes the north country opened Wednesday morning.

Man accused of stealing from Lowville businesses

Lowville village police say 27 year old Richard Nellenbach was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny.

Lewis County coronavirus cases remain steady

Lewis County Public Health officials say that as of Wednesday morning, there are still two confirmed cases.

Alexandria school faculty and staff share video with students

Faculty and staff at Alexandria Central School are sending love to students in a video message.

  Even when school’s out, the yearbook must go on

The Indian River yearbook class is still working.

  Morning Checkup: a COVID-19 update

Dr. Marylene Duah is a board-certified infectious disease physician at Samaritan Medical Center.

  Stuck at home? Here’s some streaming suggestions

7 News arts and entertainment editor Craig Thornton talks bout some of the things he’s watching and streaming.