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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday April 7th, 2020

COVID-19 Deaths in County Total 4
Yesterday the Steuben County Health Department received notification of death of an individual previously diagnosed with COVID-19. The current total number of COVID-19 deaths in the county is 4. Six additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total number of cases in Steuben County to 79.


Mayor Von Hagn Closes Munipal Skate Park
Bath Village Mayor Bill Von Hagn has ordered the closure of the Village Municipal Skate Park until further notice in the interest of public safety. In a statement this previous weekend, County Manager Jack Wheeler expressed his concern and frustration about people disobeying the social distancing guidelines especially by gathering in large groups.


Cuomo Directs Schools and Businesses Close Additional Two Weeks
Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed schools and nonessential businesses to remain closed an additional two weeks until April 29th. New York State will re-evaluate after this additional two-week period. Cuomo also announced New York will increase fines for violating social distance protocols from $500 to $1,000. 


COVID-19 First Responders Fund Announced
A First Responders Fund to assist COVID-19 health care workers and first responders was announced by the Governor yesterday. The Fund is meant to assist COVID-19 health care workers and first responders with expenses and costs that include childcare. The State Department of Health is currently accepting donations for the fund and Blackstone is making an anchor $10 million donation to the fund. 


Champlin Beach Park Closed
Champlin Beach Park at the South End of Keuka Lake has been closed until further notice by the Town of Urbana and Village of Hammondsport. The purpose of this closure is to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Officials said the park will be open to jogging, walking, walking dogs and fishing. However, no gatherings of any kind will be permitted and the closure will be enforced. Violating social distancing protocol by congregating will cause you a $1,000 fine.


June Regents Exams Canceled
New York State High School Regents Exams scheduled for June have been canceled amid the coronavirus shutdown as announced by the New York State Board of Regents Chancellor yesterday. Regents exams are graduation requirements for New York State high school students. Officials are expected to give a formal announcement today that explains how schools should operate without June exams. 


County Sheriff's Office Announces 12 Probation Violation Warrant Arrests
The Steuben County Sheriff's Department announced last month it made a dozen arrests as a result of probation violation warrants. Three people from Bath were charged as well as three from Corning. Two people from Prattsburgh were also arrested as well as one each from Woodhull, Rochester, Addison and Beaver Dams. 


Two Men Arrested for Corning Burglary
Felony counts are slated for two men charged with crimes stemming from a break-in in the Town of Corning. State Police arrested 28-year-old Wayne Fish of Campbell who was charged with felony criminal possession of stolen property. Also arrested by Troopers was 31-year-old Thomas Ferry of Lowman who was charged with felony burglary. Both men will appear in court at a later date. 

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