County Confirms 92 COVID-19 Cases
Steuben County Public Health Department reports five additional cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing Steuben's total number to 92 confirmed cases. Those infected include two City of Hornell residents and one each from the towns of Prattsburgh and Woodhull and one from the Village of Hammondsport. One of the patients is hospitalized, bringing the County's current number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations to 14.
Six Dead by COVID-19 In Steuben County
Deaths in the county by COVID-19 have increased to a current total of six after an 84-year-old man died at a Bath nursing home. Steuben County says it will more strongly enforce the state's Stay At Home Order. Those found in first-time violation of the provisions will be issued a letter of warning and any violations thereafter will be considered a misdemeanor penalized by a $2,000, up to a year in jail or both.
County Enforces PAUSE Act with Fines and Warnings
Steuben County has announced it will enforce social distancing violations by issuing warnings and fines for those who do not follow the social distancing practices under the state's current PAUSE Act. Law Enforcment agencies across the county as well as the Sheriff and District Attorney will enforce the main provisions of the manCounty date. Those found in first-time violation of the provisions will be issued a letter of warning and any violations thereafter will be considered a misdemeanor penalized by a $2,000, up to a year in jail or both.
Cuomo Establishes Task Force to Enforce PAUSE Order
Governor Cuomo has established a new task force to help local authorities enforce his PAUSE Order for New York State. People can file complaints about the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings by calling 1-833-789-0470 or filling an online form. Submitting a report will results in local authorities and investigators handling these tips. Non compliance will be handled with charges and fines ranging from $250 to $10,000.
Governor Orders Flags Fly Half-Staff for Virus Victims
Governor Cuomo yesterday ordered flags across the state be flown at half-staff to honor the lives in the state lost to the COVID-19 virus. Flags are to be remained lowered until the PAUSE Order in New York is lifted.
Corelle To Lay Off "Large Number" of People
Yesterday WENY news confirmed that the Steuben County Industrial Development Association confirmed Corelle is to lay off a "large number of people" after the Empire Sate Development organization made the decision to not allow Corelle to operate as an essential business in Steuben County. IDA's Executive Director James Johnson said those affected by the company's layoff should contact the NYS Department of Labor.
Governor Allowing Absentee Ballots for NYS June Primary
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that absentee ballots will be allowed for the upcoming June primary in New York State. Yesterday, Cuomo issued an executive order allowing all New Yorkers to vote by absentee ballot in the New York state primary election on June 23rd. Cuomo said it was "totally nonsensical" that voters in other states have gone to the polls during a pandemic.