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Two more Steuben County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19 and brings the number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 33. One victim was a 90-year-old man who died at a nursing home in the Bath area and the other an 88-year-old male who died at the same nursing home. Public Health Director Darlene Smith said …the number of new cases is starting to decrease, but officials aren’t seeing the same decrease in the number of deaths. 

One more additional Steuben County resident has tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 215 confirmed cases. The individual is a resident of the City of Hornell. On April 16th and 17th, that resident visited the Groveland Correctional Facility in Livingston County and Wednesday morning, the person stopped at the Hammondsport Grocery Store. The individual is currently being isolated and monitored by the County Health Department.

When the Steuben County Legislature meets Monday at 10 a.m., one item lawmakers will discuss is authorizing the Director of Emergency Management to enter into a contract with LaBella Associates of Elmira for electrical engineering services at the County 911 Center. The proposed cost is $5,700.

Congressman Tom Reed and Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey pushed back last night in a statement against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comments regarding allowing states and local governments to fall into bankruptcy amidst pandemic and the financial chaos it’s causing. The duo said they strongly disagree strongly disagree with the idea that the federal government can sit by and let local governments, and the thousands of essential front-line workers, including law enforcement, firefighters, and health care workers, go bankrupt. Both Congressmen added If state and local economies fail then the national economy will fail, as well. Governor Cuomo also pushed back at McConnell's suggestion for states to declare bankruptcy from the fiscal fallout of the COVID-19 crisis, calling it "one of the dumbest ideas of all time." President Trump also offered programs to support state and local governments in a new coronavirus relief package -- but Majority Leader McConnell continues to maintain his opposition.

Empire Access has partnered with Prattsburgh Central School District to provide free outdoor Wi-Fi hotsports to allow students with limited internet access at home to continue their education through online learning while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The School District outdoor wifi hotspots are now active and can be accessed from the front parking lot of the school. Families and students can contact the school's technology department at (607) 522-3795 ext. 9 for more information regarding this free service.  

Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery in Hammondsport will donate 10% of the proceeds of four Helm Series wines to Pro Action’s Hope Center Keuka Food Pantry. Proceeds will be retroactive starting March 1st, 2020 and continuing indefinitely. Pro Action of Steuben and Yates Inc. is the federally and state-designated Community Action Agency for Steuben and Yates Counties and the largest and longest-standing organization dedicated to addressing the causes and conditions of poverty in these communities.


During a call open to all yesterday Democratic Congressional Candidate Tracy Mitrano talked about her concerns with the results thus far from the stimulus bills and the ways in which she sees they have failed New York’s 23rd district. Mitrano opened up talking about the different areas of concern where the CARES Act failed to reach those most in need, in particular, small businesses, farmers, and working and middle class families.She also remarked about special interests: “Half a trillion dollars has already been lost to large corporations that use subsidiaries as their loophole in order to get this money.” She added, “Meanwhile Tom Reed and other politicians, realizing that corporations got most of the pie, want to ask taxpayers for another half trillion dollars to fix their lack of oversight.”

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