Four new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday in Steuben County, bringing the case count to a total of 225 confirmed. Individuals reside in Erwin, Lindley, Urbana and Village of Hammondsport. Nine people are currently hospitalized from COVID-19. The County Public Health Department also reports two more nursing home patients who have died previously testing positive from the virus. Patient were a 71 year old male and 74 year old male both dying at the same Bath area nursing home. Darlene Smith says the deaths are "a reminder to stay vigilant in our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19."
Yesterday it was announced by the Steuben County Dairy Festival Committee that the 64th annual Dairy Festival scheduled for June 6th has been cancelled. The year's theme is Dairyland Freedom celebrating the 75th year anniversary of the end of World War II, 76th Anniversary of D-Day and 70th Anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War. The Grange sponsors the event and along with the Dairy Festival Committee takes the health and safety of everyone seriously. Promotional Giveaways will take place so stay tuned to WVIN to hear more details coming soon. Prattsburgh Summer Festival has also been cancelled.
Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler's office announced that Steuben County offices will remain closed to public walk-ins through May 15th to coincide with the Governor's Executive Order related to facility restrictions. The public is advised to contact the office using the phone numbers posted on the main page of the county website and social media pages to schedule appointments for services with various county departments.
Though the COVID-19 pandemic flatlines in New York state, the need for blood is still urgent. Blood drives will be held Tuesday May 5th at the Kanona Fire Hall, Friday May 15th at the Bath First Presbyterian Church, Thursday May 21st at the Hammondsport Fire Department, Wednesday June 17th at the Bath VFW and Thursday June 18th at the Bath VA, Building 92. For times, additional details and to make your appointment go online at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
At his daily coronavirus press briefing in Syracuse this morning, Governor Cuomo remarked that his stay-at-home orders will likely be extended beyond May 15th in many parts of the state but restrictions may be eased in regions that have sufficient capacity of hospital beds and meet other criteria. Cuomo also tweeted his team has studied reopening plans and data around the world and spoken with global health experts to guide him on reopening the state on a regional basis.
Citing COVID-19 concerns and in a rare move, New York state has cancelled its Democratic Presidential Primary set for June 23rd after Democratic members of the New York State Board of Elections voted at a meeting yesterday to call off the primary. Lawyers for Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign sent a letter to the state Board of Elections Sunday asking Sanders remain on the primary ballot for the sake of preserving party unity. On April 8th, Sanders suspended his campaign for president but announced his intention to remain on future primary ballots to accumulate delegates and never terminated his candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission.