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The Salvation Army in Bath has announced they will close their doors for good but employees that were terminated from their positions in a letter without a reason given for the store's close are now stepping up. Former employees have begun an online petition and already, about 900 people have signed it in support. WETM News reached out to the Bath Salvation Army for comment and responded this afternoon in a statement saying "the current financial crisis....has made supporting programs (their rehabilitation programs for people in need) through the sales of the store impossible" as the reason for closing the Bath thrift store. 

 

As of yesterday, Steuben County Health Department was reported to have completed 1,548 tests for the novel coronavirus. As of yesterday, 31 total deaths were reported and six hospitalized currently from the virus. Patients being monitored or quarantined total 317. Total confirmed cases re-ached 214 while 104 individuals were reported to have recovered from COVID-19. Of the latest four deaths, three of the victims died in two separate nursing homes in the Hornell area. The fourth person was from a nursing home in the Bath area who died while hospitalized outside the county. The victims ranged in age from 80 to 102. 

After investigating a domestic dispute, state police arrested 28-year-old Gabriel Bingham of Wayland. He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

 

All New York State Presidential Primary elections have been postponed until June 23rd, according to the Steuben County Board of Elections. Early voting has also been moved to June 13th – 21st, board officials said. The Steuben Board of Elections office remains closed to walk-ins until further notice. Those requiring the Steuben board’s services may call for an appointment. 

 

A new website developed by a team at Cornell University has been launched to provide easy-to-use interactive visuals to depict the COVID-19 patterns slowing down in New York both statewide and by county. The site: iaoutreach.meltwater.com is updated daily with data from all 62 counties in New York state and its team says soon hopital bed and fatality data will be added. 

 

During his daily coronavirus briefing this morning, Governor Cuomo maintained that statewide testing needed to be ramped up. In the past two days in 19 counties and at 40 locations across the state, 3,000 people were randomly sampled for a database and yielded a rate of 13.9% people testing positive for coronavirus antibodies, which means at some point, these people had coronavirus then recovered from it. Cuomo also said today that protecting those working and living in nursing homes is paramount and he would direct nursing homes to immediately report to the Department of Health actions they have taken to comply with directives by the Department of Health and CDC.

 

The Great New York State Fair is still happening in 2020 despite uncertainty about how long the COVID-19 pandemic will keep social distancing regulations in place. Preparations are underway for the 2020 State Fair and various contingencies are bing planned as officials say fair organizers shall follow all relevant local and state guidance and will adjust as necessary to follow guidelines. The fair brings about a million people per year to the Central New York region and was extended from August 21st to September 7th in the New York State Executive Budget this year.

 

Despite additional cases of COVID-19 reported daily, protesters in Albany today have called on Governor Cuomo to reopen New York State.  Protesters say the stay-at-home order is a violation of their rights and did not seem to be concerned about being infected. New York State Police and City of Albany Police say no one was ticketed despite protesters ignoring the face covering and social distancing mandates. At yesterday's coronavirus morning breifing, Governor Cuomo said the initial research to come up with a plan to re-open New York State regionally is underway. 

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