Coronavirus live blog: Sunday April 5, 2020

The NCPR newsroom will gather all of today’s news about COVID-19, the new coronavirus, here. Latest updates at the top. Click here for all of our coverage. Find the archive for all of our daily live blogs here. If you have good info to share, please email us: [email protected].

9:15 am:  St. Lawrence County now has 58 COVID-19 cases confirmed.  This tally comes eleven days after the first sick person with the coronavirus was identified in the county.

9:10 am:  Warren County urging RV parks to operate at 50% capacity.

Traditional tent camping is banned.  Stony Creek Supervisor Frank Thomas, chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, asked that RV park owners work with county officials to ensure that they operate in a safe, healthy manner during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Warren County is home to numerous RV parks that host seasonal residents who spend the colder months down south before returning to the county for spring and summer.  “Recreational vehicles and parks can be a safe haven, if used correctly,” Thomas said. “They can be a valuable isolation tool.”

The county Board of Supervisors requests that RV park operators:

  • Operate at a reduced capacity, with a suggestion of 50 percent of capacity to ensure that RVs and camper-trailers can be spaced out appropriately to maintain social distance. Park operators were asked to use their best judgement when determining how many vehicles to safely allow.

  • Direct that guests should isolate themselves for 14 days if traveling from outside the Capital Region, refrain from social gatherings while staying in local RV parks and take precautions to minimize contact when grocery shopping

  • Notify Warren County Public Health Services of a guest’s arrival, with contact information for the guest(s) that includes a phone number, so that Public Health can provide educational material and information on local protocols during the pandemic. Public Health Services can be reached at 518-761-6580.

9am:  COVID-19 hotspots emerging outside NYC.  Governor Cuomo is pointing to Long Island and neighboring New Jersey as areas of concern.  A reminder that the New York Times is offering its coverage of the coronavirus outbreak free of charge during the crisis.  

7:45 am:  Morning, folks.  As we start the day North Country public health officials point to areas where COVID-19 spread appears to be accelerating.  Remember, stay home.  Avoid close contact with other individuals.

In Clinton County, cases are doubling every four days. Washington County saw its first COVID-19 fatality.  Lewis County saw confirmed cases jump from 2 to 8 in a single day. Officials there are trying to contact people who were at the Lowville WalMart on March 27 and Lowvile Tractor supply on March 28. Those individuals should call 315-376-5108.

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