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Today's Top Stories - Thursday March 26th, 2020

11 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in the County
Three more Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 according to the County Health Department. Of the three, one is from Bath, one is from Hornellsville and one from the City of Corning. Two of these cases are linked. All three are currently being isolated and monitored by the County Health Department as they investigate and identify close contacts of the confirmed cases and any exposure risks. There are currently 11 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county.

Reed Sides With Trump on Returning to Work During Pandemic
Congressman Tom Reed agrees with President Trump that people need to be back to work as soon as possible despite the disagreement of Public Health officials. Like Trump, Reed says businesses must and can return to operation while the COVID-19 pandemic is being managed. Reed suggested the best plan is taking a regional approach where New York City business openings be delayed but the areas not hit as heavily by the virus be re-opened.

Cuomo Stresses Social Distancing For All To Prevent Virus Spread
Governor Andrew Cuomo is stressing the importance of following social distancing for everyone, even if they don't have high risk of dying from COVID-19. The Governor reminded that younger people can be hospitalized and carriers of corona virus without having symptoms or knowing it. Cuomo said young people, too, must take the same precautions to prevent spreading the virus to high-risk individuals such
as those with respiratory problems, compromised immune systems and the elderly.

Special Olympics of NY Waives State Summer Games
The Special Olympics of New York has waived this year's participation in the State Summer Games. The event planned for mid-June in the Hudson Valley region has been called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuomo Announces Mental Health Volunteer for SHF
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced 40,000 healthcare workers across the state signed up to volunteer working as part of New York State's surge healthcare force and 6,000 of them are mental health professionals signing up to provide free mental health services. The Governor called this spirit of volunteering "undefeatable". New Yorkers that need mental health services can call the state's hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to be connected to resources and make an appointment.

Arnot Health Seeks Cloth Masks
Arnot Health has called on the community to help make fabric face masks in the wake of the mask shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Arnot Health says the fabric masks are CDC-approved, crisis response options. Those wanting to help out can check out the Arnot Health Facebook page for mask-making instructions and call (607) 737-7004 for help to arrange deliveries.

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