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The Steuben County Health Department reported yesterday it received notification that three additional Steuben County residents tested postive for COVID-19 and brings the county's current total number of cases to 95. The latest individuals are from Town of Bath, Town of Corning and Town of Prattsburgh. All individuals are being monitored and isolated by the County Health Department. 

The teenager that was involved the State Route 415 fatal crash last month that killed 18-year-old Christopher O'Dell has been charged. According to the Sheriff's Office, the driver that was seventeen years old at the time of the crash and was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired due to drugs. The investigation of the March 4th Avoca accident is still ongoing. 

Steuben County Public Health reports they received notification of the death of an individual who previously tested postive for COVID-19. The patient was a 59-year-old female who died at a Hornell area nursing home. County Public Health Director Darlene Smith remarked: "Now nearly a month into this fight with seven tragic deaths, it is overwhelmingly clear that the community is being ravaged by this deadly virus."

As the death toll from COVID-19 rises, there is growing emphasis from the county, state and local law enforcement on limiting public gatherings and encouraging social distancing. Sheriff Jim Allard says his agency wants to enhance public education. Yesterday, County officials held a press briefing and mentioned that many new cases are in nursing homes and the county has obtained 100 new test strips to focus on these communities.

Congressman Tom Reed announced a $200,000 grant provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission for the Prattsburgh Business District Wastewater Project. Reed's Communication Office reports the grant will support the creation of 15 new jobs, allow for the sustainability of 11 existing businesses, as well as the retention of 63 existing jobs. The grant will also facilitate the re-occupancy of vacant commercial space. 

Steuben County Deputies are looking to serve a warrant on a 40-year-old Pennsylvania man. Michael K. Mattison is wanted for a probation violation that stems from a felony DWI conviction. Mattison's last known address was South Main Street in Tioga. 

New York State's unemployment insurance application was offline until this morning. Originally, the appplication was to be shut down from 5 to 7pm as part of the launch of a tech partnership with the Department of Labor, Google Cloud, Deloitte and Verizon. This partnership hs the mission of handling the increased volume of applications, save them for later and allow users with smartphones and tablets and shorten the unemployment claim application. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted school operations and local businesses but some local governments must continue to provide essential services. Such is the case for the Town of Urbana according to its Town Supervisor Edward Stull. Champlain Beach Park and the Depot Park are remaining closed to gatherings. Stull says people can still walk and fish in these parks for now. 

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