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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday March 18th, 2020

Finger Lakes VA Adopts No-Visitors Policy
Officials say the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System has adopted a policy of no visitors for all inpatients amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. No one under eighteen will be allowed in the medical centers and should not accompany loved ones to appointments but officials say exceptions will be made in “compassionate cases” when patients are in hospice at the last stages of their life. Additionally, the VA is screening everyone who comes to medical centers, as well as the Community Based Outpatient Clinics.


Sheriff’s Office Suspends Visitation and Non-Essential Entry
In accordance with Steuben County’s declared state of emergency the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office today began suspending visitation and non-essential public entry to the Steuben County Jail until further notice.  Although the Public Safety Building will remain open, it is encouraged that anyone that has non-emergency business with the Sheriff’s Office, or business that can be conducted in a non-face to face setting, do so without entering the Public Safety Building. 


Steuben County Offices Closed to March 25th
To promote social distancing efforts and to comply with onsite staff reduction requirements for local governments, Steuben County offices will remain closed to public walk-ins until Wednesday, March 25th. County Courts will open tomorrow at 9 a.m. for emergencies only at the County Courthouse in Bath. All court appearances are cancelled and will be rescheduled.


Bath Municipal Building Closed
The Village and Town of Bath Municipal Hall is closed until further notice to help reduce the potential spread of Covid-19. For Town of Bath’s tax collection, payments can be mailed to: PO Box 327 Bath, New York 14810. Mailed payments must be postmarked by March 31st. Payments can also be made online at paylocalgov.com/steubencounty.


Hornell May Implement Curfew Under State of Emergency
Hornell Common Council met this week and discussed the possibility of implementing a curfew for those under eighteen to follow in the upcoming weeks of the school dismissal. Years ago, a curfew was in place but later repealed due to unconstitutionality. Mayor Buckley says he contacted the City Attorney to talk about implementing a temporary curfew in light of the state of emergency.


The Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library Temporarily Closed

The Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library in Hammondsport will be temporarily closing through at least April 12th. This date is tentative as it continues to assess the need for social distancing.

Two Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Allegany County
As of yesterday Allegany County Department of Health (ACDOH) tested 37 new individuals for COVID-19. The total of tested individuals in Allegany County is now 47.  Allegany County confirmed cases remains at two who are at home recovering. All 37 tested Allegany County individuals are being isolated/quarantined until their test results are known. 


Red Cross Facing Blood Shortage
The Red Cross continues delivering vital services to communities affected by COVID-19 but now faces a severe blood shortage due to the extreme number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Earlier this week it was reported about 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country, resulting in 86,000 fewer blood donations.

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