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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday June 2nd, 2020

As of yesterday at 7pm, Steuben County reported 42 deaths from COVID-19 and 261 confirmed cases. A total of 130 people have been quarantined and monitored with 192 people recovering and 5 current hospitalizations.


While the nation finds itself in chaos and tension with riots reported in major cities, Bath residents participated in a peaceful protest against police brutality in memory of the late George Floyd, who was killed from suffocation by a police officer in Minneapolis and whose death sparked activism across the country. Yesterday afternoon, two groups of 5-6 people both gathered in front of the Bath Police Department and at the corner of West Morris and Liberty Streets. The latter protest was organized by Steuben County resident Alexx Snyder who wanted to raise awareness locally.


A service allowing first responders in Steuben County to know what related support is available for emergency calls had its renewal approved by the county Legislature’s Public Safety Committee. The service, IAmResponding, allows departments to reduce response times, improve emergency response turnout, enhance communications, and simplify departmental operations. The tool was in place for over a decade and  allows first responders to know who is available to respond to a scene, how long it will take them to arrive and what mutual aid is on hand. County Office of Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall told the committee the $22,100 annual cost of the service will be paid by a federal Homeland Security grant.


Yesteday, Steuben County Public Works Department announced the Macadam Road bridge over Rice Glen Creek in the Town of Howard will be closed to all traffic beginning June 8th. The bridge is located between Craig Road and Harris Hill Road in Howard and will be closed to all through traffic for approximately 12 weeks. Travelers will be directed to use Turnpike Road as a detour.


State police are investigating a Tuscarora-area hiking accident that put a 16 year youth in the hospital in critical condition.  The victim was identified as Blake Driskell from Addison, who was with a group of friends when the accident happened last night.  A Go Fund Me page has been set up by friends of the family at #Blake Strong...over $9,000 has been raised in a little over two hours.


“Operation Thanks From Above” which is happening Saturday, June 6th officially has released details of the event that include the flyover schedule. The flyover is run by The National Warplane Museum to thank essential workers during the nationwide pandemic. Aircrafts will include WWII-era plans such as the Douglas C-47 and a P-51 Mustang and will flyover various local areas, including Bath, Corning and Elmira. “Thanks from Above” will anticipate hitting our area starting at the St. James Hospital in Hornell about 11:19am on Saturday and continues to Savona around 11:36am then to Coopers Plains and the Corning area.

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