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More area businesses continue to reopen today as veterinarians are open again offering complete services. For the past two months, the offices were limited to emergency services only. Yesterday, state campgrounds and RV parks were given the green light to resume operations.

Steuben County is anticipating that Phase Two of the state's reopening plan can start this Friday. According to the Corning Leader, County Manager Jack Wheeler says the county is on track so far to reopen. But, some county officials are concerned that the warm weather and Memorial Day holiday may cause a spike in COVID-19 cases. Phase Two of reopening will have more businesses starting to open including retail stores, real estate and insurance firms. 

Over the weekend, four young people were rescued from the Cohocton River after Bath firefighters say two boys and two girls went out on a river near Scudder road in the Town of Bath around 4pm on Friday. The four went down the river on an air mattress, which hit faster-moving waters and the four were able to get to dry land on an island in the middle of the river. Rescuers were able to pull the four to shore and no one was injured. Officials say if you are going out on the water, you should use an approved craft and always wear life vests. 

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Steuben County stands at 257. Ten of those are from the village of Bath and 11 are from the town of Bath. Right now, 98 people remain in quarantine. Nine people are hospitalized and 41 deaths have been reported in Steuben County. 

Over the weekend, Governor Cuomo announced the launch of the $100 million New York Forward Loan Fund in an effort to provide flexible, affordable loans to help small businesses and focusing on women and minority-run businesses that have not yet received federal assistance for COVID-19. Cuomo says the state will take a smart and targeted approach to distrubute loans by focusing on businesses with 20 or less employees and earning less than $3 million in gross revenues.

Wellsville Police arrested 41-year-old Jolene R. Schlick of Hornell, charging her with Grand Larceny 3rd (Class D Felony)  from an incident that took place at the Marathon Convenience store on North Main Street in the Village of Hornell.  Schlick is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on June 23rd at 4:30 p.m.

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