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Today's Top Stories - Friday April 17th, 2020

Five new cases of COVID-19 were declared in Steuben County by its Health Department yesterday afternoon and the county's latest case count is 176. Individuals testing positive for the virus are residents of the Cities of Corning and Hornell as well as the Town of Hornellsville and two from the Village of North Hornell. Two of the people are currently hospitalized. Total hospitalizations numbered 14 as of yesterday. In the county, 78 people were reported to have recovered from the virus.

 

Additional COVID-19 cases have been reported at Elderwood Nursing Home in Hornell. Hornell Gardens was the second worst-hit nursing home in the Hornell region following Elderwood. Hornell Gardens announced it will move patients and staff who test negative for the virus to a Waterloo facility.  

 

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Steuben County until 6am tomorrow. Snow total of 3 to 6 inches is expected. Anticipate slippery road conditions. Snow may be mixed with rain in the valleys and hazardous conditions may impact this evening's commute. 

 

During this morning's coronavirus briefing, Governor Cuomo issued a new executive order directing all public and private labs in New York State to coordinate with the Department of Health to ensure all diagnostic testing is prioritized for public health as well as initiating a reboot to the economy. He also mentioned that the case curve is flattening and remarked: "People's actions flattened the curve." Effective today all New Yorkers who are out in public will be mandated to cover their mouths and noses. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Wednesday requiring face coverings for everyone in public who can’t maintain social distancing. 

 

Residents who want or need to send payments to Steuben County departments may do so by mail, using the secure drop box at the main entrance of the County Office Building or securely online by credit card, debit card or eCheck….so says county Finance Commissioner Tammy Hurd-Harvey. Online payments are now available for delinquent tax payments, retiree health insurance payments, probation payments and mental health, alcohol and substance abuse payments.

 

A second Alfred State College on-campus employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee has not been on campus since April 3. As is Alfred State protocol, anyone who was recently in close contact has been notified. The employee who tested positive is currently resting at home and feeling well. On Monday, 39-year-old maintenance worker Monroe M.K. Bates II of Hornell died at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He tested positive for COVID-19 on April 6th.

 

NYSEG has donated $50,000 – the equivalent of 150,000 meals – to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to support the Food Bank’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 situation. The donation is part of a $2 million commitment by NYSEG’s parent company to support national and local programs that are assisting those impacted by COVID-19. Food Bank of the Southern Tier and its network of agencies are currently seeing a more than fifty percent increase in need throughout the Southern Tier, including many newcomers.

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