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The Steuben County Public Health Department reported yesterday afternoon that two more county residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total to 221 confirmed cases. The individuals are residents of the towns of Prattsburgh and Wheeler. One of the individuals is hospitalized, bringing the total number of current hospitalizations to 10. The individuals are currently being isolated and monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.


Watkins Glen International is asking for help from race fans to determine the best NASCAR race the track has ever produced. NASCAR’s track’s website is pitting two different races against each other every day. The contest encourages fans to remember and celebrate some of the most iconic moments and finishes in NASCAR history at the world-famous road race course. You can vote daily at theglen.com or follow the link on their social media pages.


The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced this morning that there will be no state tournament for high school sports this spring. Even with the  cancelling of state tournaments, there has been no cancelation of spring sports regular-season games. The state says that it can only happen if students return to the classroom.

A house and garage in Bath have been destroyed in a fire that broke out about 9 o’clock Saturday morning at a home on East Union Road. The blaze resulted eight local fire departments responding to the scene, and its black smoke was reported to be seen from several miles away. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, but are a total loss and fortunately, no injuries were reported.


Governor Cuomo announced at his daily coronavirus press briefing this morning that New York state has recorded the lowest statewide COVID-19 death toll of the month and lowest daily death toll since March 30th. Cuomo remarked the death toll of 337 people "still tragically high, but on the decline."Cuomo also said his stay-at-home order will likely be extended beyond May 15 in many parts of the state yet added restrictions could be eased in some parts if they have sufficient hospital capacity and meet other criteria. Cuomo also said today the number of statewide random antibody tests has expanded to 7,500 to paint a better picture of the extent of the COVID-19 transmission in New York.

New York officials are canceling several June elections to reduce density at the polls during the COVID-19 pandemic following an Executive Order issued by Governor Cuomo. The order canceled special elections for four vacancies in the state legislature which includes a Syracuse-area Senate seat and three Assembly posts in Long Island, Queens, and Rochester. The New York State Board of Elections is set meet today to consider canceling the Democratic presidential primary, after Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called off campaigning for the race, leaving former Vice President Joe Biden on the presidential ticket.


County officials said he COVID-19 clusters at three nursing homes in Steuben County appear to have become more stable at a Friday press briefing. Steuben officials also pledged to continue to act promptly in the event of any new reports at area nursing homes and monitor the homes daily. The clusters involved 46 staff and residents at Hornell Gardens in Hornell. Other clusters were reported by Elderwood in Hornell and the Fred & Harriett Taylor Nursing Home in Bath. The clustered outbreaks have taken a toll – out of the 33 deaths reported by Steuben Public Health Friday, 24 are nursing-home related.


New York State is working on adding more protective measures for domestic violence victims amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence announced a new, completely confidential 24/7 chat room and a text line to provide outreach options for those who can't speak on a phone call. Professionals can be reached via the hotline at 800-942-6906 and suggested to victims they should add this number to phone contacts under a fake name that won't prompt suspicion.

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