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Steuben County has reported its first COVID-19 death in two weeks with the news of an 83-year-old Jasper man being the latest COVID-19 casualty in the county. He died while hospitalized outside the county. The countywide death count is now at 42 and a new case was reported on Friday, bringing the county case county to 261.

 

The Wineglass 8K presented by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes has announced the transition to a virtual race to be held the weekend of July 31st – August 2nd. The virtual run/walk will be held over three days to encourage proper social distancing and adherence to state and local guidelines wherever participants may be located. If runners are currently registered for the Wineglass 8K, they do not need to do anything.  Their registration fee will be automatically converted to the virtual option.  If people are interested in joining the virtual event, they can register at www.wineglassmarathon.com. Registration is limited to 850 runners or walkers, and the fee is $40.

 

Two people face drug charges after an early morning incident Sunday in the Village of Wayland. State Police arrested 28-year-old Coty Murphy of Dansville and 39-year-old Tifini Royce of Wayland. Each was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Governor Cuomo announced that New York dentists can reopen statewide today. Dentists' offices will be subject to state guidance on best practices for safety and social distancing.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo over the weekend signed into law a new measure providing death benefits to the families of frontline workers who lost their lives fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in New York. The bill establishes a COVID-19 death benefit for the families of state and local government employees who have been on the front lines of response to this public health emergency.

 

This year, residents won't be heading to the polls to cast their vote and absentee ballots and postage paid return envelopes have been mailed out to qualified voters. This follows the May 1st Executive Order by Governor Cuomo declaring school budget and Board of Education votes will be for scheduled for June 9th and take place exclusively by absentee ballot. The completed ballot must be received by the District Office no later than 5 p.m. next Tuesday, June 9th. The counting of votes will also begin that same day.

 

The COVID-19 count in New York State has been on the decline. Governor Andrew Cuomo said at this morning’s COVID-19 press briefing that the state continues to test thousands of people daily and reports the lowest number of cases in the state so far. Also reported yesterday was the lowest number of COVID-19 deaths over a 24-hour period at 54 cases.

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