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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

Steuben County Confirms Fifth COVID-19 Death
Steuben County has seen its fifth death from COVID-19. The latest death was someone identified as a 67-year-old male who died at a Bath area nursing home. Public Health Director Darlene Smith reminds the public everyone should stay home and monitor themselves for symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath and report any of these symptoms to their healthcare provider.


County COVID-19 Case Count Rises to 87
Eight additional Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the current total to 87 cases. New cases include four from the City of Hornell, two from the Town of Dansville and one each from the Town of Greenwood and Village of Canisteo. One or more cases is linked with previously reported individuals. Two of the patients are hospitalized and the total number of hospitalizations from COVID-19 cases is at now 13.


Bath Compost Site Opens Saturday
The Village and Town of Bath compost site will be opening this weekend on Saturday April 11th and be open through April 25th. The site will be open Saturdays 9am to 3pm. Hours and days will expand in May. Accepted materials include brush, leaves, grass clippings and garden materials. Officials say no containers, plastic bags, buckets, boxes and the like can be left at the site. Construction and demolition materials are not accepted. There is a fee and tickets can be purchased at the Village Clerk's Office located in the Municipal Building on Liberty Street weekdays from 9am to 4pm. Tickets are also available at Bath Plumbing and Hardware on Liberty Street. Tickets will not be sold at the Compost Site.


NYS Regents Reports Exam Requirement Changes
The New York State Education Department has changed Regents exam requirements to earn high school diplomas. Students currently enrolled in classes that end with a Regents exam will be exempt from the test and be given credit for the course if they were passing the class by the end of the school year. If a student does not pass the class and enrolls in summer school, they will be exempt from the exam if they earn a passing grade on the August examinatoin. Student transcripts will not reflect an exam score for any examination for which the student is exempted. 


Alfred State College Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
An employee of Alfred State College was admitted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after testing positive for COVID-19. Accoding to the College's President Dr. Skip Sullivan, anyone in recent close contact with the person has been notified. Sanitation and cleaning have been performed in the employee's work area. 

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