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Deadly Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease suspected in Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) – A disease deadly to deer is spreading throughout New York State. On Thursday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease has spread to Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Nassau, Oswego, Suffolk, and Ulster counties. The DEC is also tracking suspected cases in Albany, Jefferson, Oneida, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Sullivan, and Westchester counties.
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Jefferson County COVID infection rate rises to 6.4%

JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) — The COVID infection rate in Jefferson County continues to be on the rise. According to a daily COVID report from Jefferson County officials on Thursday, the county’s infection rate now stands at 6.4%. This is an increase from the previous day where the infection rate was 6.1%.
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Plans unveiled for Black River Trail extension

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - The Black River Trail is a Jefferson County haven for bikers, walkers, runners, and our furry friends. The scenic route stretches five miles from the city of Watertown to just outside the village of Black River. One of the plans is to extend it from...
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Another death due to COVID-19 reported in Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) — There were 77 new positive COVID-19 cases and one death due to the virus reported in Jefferson County on Wednesday. This was confirmed in a daily COVID update from Jefferson County officials on September 15. The increase in cases caused the number of individuals in mandatory isolation to grow by 53. Those placed in mandatory quarantine rose by 83, bringing the total to 616.
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Deadly Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease suspected in Jefferson County deer

JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) — A disease deadly to deer is spreading throughout New York State. On Thursday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease has spread to Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Nassau, Oswego, Suffolk, and Ulster counties. The DEC is also tracking suspected cases in Albany, Jefferson, Oneida, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Sullivan, and Westchester counties.
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Jefferson County joins opioid lawsuit settlement

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Jefferson County is choosing to be a part of a settlement against a large pharmaceutical company. The county is part of the opioid lawsuit against Mallinkrodt pharmaceuticals. Several counties and states across the nation are in on it, too. The county Board of Legislators voted...
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Living Local: Youth Alliance of Jefferson County

ABC50’s Alex Hazard spoke with Tammie Miller of the Youth Alliance of Jefferson County about what Living Local means to them. See the full business spotlight in the video above and learn more about the organization on their Living Local feature of InformNNY.
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Jefferson County combats addiction with Overdose Awareness Day

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - In the last two years, Jefferson County officials have noticed a disturbing upward trend in the number of overdose deaths. In their effort to combat addiction, Overdose Awareness Day was observed in Watertown Wednesday. People gathered outside city hall. “We have lost 50 people in...
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Jefferson County confirms 49 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday

JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) — There were 49 new positive COVID-19 cases reported in Jefferson County on Tuesday. This was confirmed in a daily COVID update from Jefferson County officials which also confirmed the positivity rate decreased slightly to 6.1%. Ten residents are currently hospitalized with the virus. An additional...
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104 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Jefferson County over the weekend

JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) — There were 104 new positive COVID-19 cases reported in Jefferson County over the weekend. This was confirmed in a daily COVID update from Jefferson County officials which also confirmed the positivity rate rose to 6.2%. Only nine residents are currently hospitalized with the virus. Additionally,...
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Watertown to observe Overdose Awareness Day

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Wednesday is Overdose Awareness Day. To honor those lost to addiction and to celebrate those in recovery, a ceremony will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in front of Watertown City Hall. Last year, Jefferson County lost 34 people to overdoses. So far in...
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Officials reducing Lake Ontario outflows to assist with fall boat hauls

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) — As water levels continue to fall on Lake Ontario and its connecting rivers, outflows will soon be reduced to assist with fall boat hauls. The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board announced on Friday that it will temporarily reduce outflows from Lake Ontario to increase water levels on Lake St. Lawrence during the second weekend of October. According to the board, this will allow marinas and shoreline dock owners to remove recreational boats more easily.
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Jefferson County COVID infection rate hits 6%

JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) — On Thursday, the COVID-19 positivity rate hit 6% in Jefferson County. This was confirmed in a daily COVID update from Jefferson County officials which also confirmed 36 new cases of the virus. In total, there are now 285 residents hospitalized with the virus. Additionally, 471...
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Plans move forward for 2 big manufacturers

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - The process of bringing two big manufacturers to Jefferson County continues to move forward. The Jefferson County Industrial Agency okayed the project plans and gave land approval for DigiCollect on Thursday. The software company plans to build a 20,000-square foot facility and employ 165 people...
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