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Today's Top Stories - March 24th, 2020

Fifth Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Steuben County
Steuben County has confirmed its fifth case of COVID-19. County Health Department Director Darlene Smith confirmed the patient is a resident of Corning and is being isolated and monitored by the Public Health Department. Smith says Steuben County's Health Department has partnered with Yates County Health Department to monitor and investigate the case as the patient recovers and is being quarantined in the Penn Yan area. Close contacts and exposure risks of the case are currently being identified. 


Corning Inc Makes Layoffs
At least 367 union employees of Corning Incorporated have been laid off. Layoffs include employees at the company headquarters, Sullivan Park location and Corning Museium of glass. Monday, Corning Inc's stock price closed at 17.75. Since January, the company's stock has fallen by 39 percent.


Hornell Fire Displaces Family of Six
A Hornell family was displaced and a fire fighter was injured after a blaze on 45 Bennett Street on Sunday. The Hornell Fire Department responded at about 4:30pm and could not prevent the flames from consuming the two-story home. The house is inhabitable and the family with six children is being assisted by the Red Cross for arrangements and a hotel stay. The injured firefighter was released from St. James Hospital with minor injuries.


Reed Supports National Guard Action for Pandemic
Congressman Tom Reed says he supports the president using federal funds to mobilize the National Guard in three states, including New York, as a response to COVID-19. In a WETM-TV interview the Congressman says he agrees that the National Guard would be a great resource for relief the the midst of the pandemic. The plan would have the National Guard establish mobile hospitals to mitigate over-occupancy of hospitals. 


Arnot Health Seeks Community's Help to Make Masks
Arnot Health has called on the community to help in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis by making fabric face masks. The disposable standard masks  are back-ordered and in short supply due to their high demand. Arnot Health says fabric masks are a CDC-approved, crisis-response options. Those wanting to help Arnot Health can check out the Arnot Health Facebook page for mask-making instructions and call (607) 737-7004 for help to arrange deliveries. 


Local Hospitals Establish Coronavirus Hotlines
Local hospitals have established hotline numbers as a community resource in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. Arnot Health has a helpline for residents experiencing COVID-19 symptoms 9am to 7pm, seven days a week at 1-800-952-2662. Guthrie Helath has established an information line for updates and frequently-asked questions at 1-844-357-2840 or 1-800-836-1925. These lines will be answered seven days a week from 9am to 4:30pm and will not be used to take emergency calls.


Mitrano Secures Spot on Democratic Ballot
Democratic candidate Tracy Mitrano has seccured the Democratic line on the ballot for the 23rd Congressional District. The Penn Yan Democrat earned more than enough signatures petitioning to appear on the ballot in November's general election and is challenging incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reed. Mitrano also secured lines on the ballot under the Working Families and Serve America Movement Parties. 


Greenwood Man Arrested After Domestic Incident
The County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of Greenwood man Timothy Sekoll following a call for a welfare check. Sekoll allegedly unlwafully restrained a member of his family or household, intentionally damaged property and prevented them from using the telephone, intentionally causing injury to that person and endangering the welfare of someone under age 17. Sekoll was charged with Unlawful Prisonment, Assault, Criminal Mischeif charges and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was arraigned in Centralized Arraignment Court then released. 

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