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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday April 22nd, 2020

In consultation with Steuben County Public Health, the Fred & Harriett Taylor Health Center in Bath conducted comprehensive COVID-19 testing of staff and residents at their facility.  Test results indicate a combined sixteen additional residents and staff from Steuben County have tested positive for COVID-19 in addition to those already reported. This brings the total case count for Steuben County to 214. Public Health Director Darlene Smith said …the higher case count in nursing homes and decreased prevalence in the general community is consistent with what they have been experiencing for several days. 


Two people were injured in a Bath crash yesterday that included a State Trooper. The crash happened around 5:30 p.m. when the trooper was traveling southbound and a motorist in front of the marked troop car moved to the right turn lane at County Route 15 - (Knight Settlement Road), and then abruptly made a U-turn, causing the collision. The Trooper was treated at Guthrie Corning Hospital for minor injuries and released. The operator of the second vehicle was transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA for non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is continuing.


The COVID-19 crisis has left the state and country in economic standstill and as a result, the enacted state budget leaves even greater financial uncertainty for school districts, health care providers and localgovernments this year according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The Comptroller's Office estimates the amount of overall tax receipts delayed from April to July coulb be as great as $9 to $10 billion. DiNapoli said the crisis will take a multi-year hit to state finances and also noted though short-term borrowing may be appropriate to offset delayed revenues, he urges caution in any longer-term borrowing for operating costs.


Steuben County Sheriff's Offices says they need the public's assistance finding and checking the welfare of a 28-year-old Bath resident. Deputies say Dustin E Cole is about 5'7" tall and is known to frequent the Corning area but lives in the Town of Bath. Anyone with information about Cole and his whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (607) 622-3930.


Congressman Tom Reed was joined by five Republican state lawmakers that included local State Senator Tom O'Mara yesterday to discuss the gradual reopening of upstate New York. The six GOP lawmakers pushed back against the idea that a staggered, nuanced approach to reopening the economy isn’t feasible. Reed also says Congress needs to stop the partisan games and pass the relief American businesses across the country need.


Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo says elective outpatient treatments can resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term. Hospitals will be able to resume performing elective outpatient treatments on April 28 if the hospital capacity is over 25 percent for the county and if there have been fewer than 10 new hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in the county over the past 10 days. 

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