8 Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Steuben County
The Steuben County Health Department confirmed the county's eighth case of COVID-19 yesterday. The Health Department also reports 115 people in the county are in quarantine and being monitored. Not all those monitored currently are confiremd to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, awaiting results or have other risk factors.
Sixth COVID-19 Case is Prattsburgh Resident
The Steuben County Department of Health reports the sixth confirmed case of COVID-19 is a resident of Prattsburgh. The resident was staying in Monroe county prior to and since they have become symptomatic and have not returned to Steuben County since. The patient is currently isolated in Monroe County as they are monitored by Monroe County Health Department. Steuben Public Health staff will work to identify close contacts and exposure risks.
CCC Confirms Student Tested Positive for COVID-19
Corning Community College officials confirmed yesterday that a CCC student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student tested positive on Tuesday and was last on campus Monday, March 16th. College officials are uncertain how and where the student contracted the virus but say they are taking "every precaution" and protocol of the County Health Department to keep their campus communty safe and healthy.
Cuomo Urges Trump to Nationalize Pandemic Response
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo called on President Trump to nationalize the response to the Corona Virus Crisis. Cuomo plead Trump to nationalize the effort to supply medical devices because officials have been forced with one another to compete for the scarce and desperately-needed equipment. Cuomo says the federal government should order factories to manufacture essential medical equipment like masks, gowns, ventilators and more. Cuomo stressed these supplies are "going to make the difference between life or death."
NYSECA Calls for Immediate Action for Elections Following Pandemic
The New York State Elections Commissioner Association has called for immediate action by Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature to protect the electoral process during the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The NYSECA is asking the state to postpone the Democratic Presidential Primary scheduled on April 28th to be moved to June 23rd, Amend State Election law to allow Absentee Balloting during all times of declared state of emergency due to pandemic or infectious disease and give the local Board of Elections wide latitude to consolidate polling places and election districts during elections. The organization says these measures will help counties save time, county dollars and resources.
NYS Unemployment Website Over-Flooded With Requests
The New York State Unemployment System has been flooded with requests to receive unemployment insurance and last week began taking steps to alleviate the problem of keeping up with the demand of the Unemployment website. Over 500,000 visits were made to the platform in one day and the telephone hotline was also maxed out. The State Department of Labor reports roughly half a million people each day are trying to file online and almost as many by phone. The Labor Board attempted to use a new alphabetized version of the site without much improvement.