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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday June 16th, 2020

Ira Davenport Hospital is set to receive millions in support thanks to the CARES Act and other COVID-19 pandemic relief bills. Three hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic are within the 23rd Congressional District and will receive millions in critical federal aid from Health and Human Services’ Provider Relief Fund. The funds target safety-net hospitals which treat patients no matter their insurance status or ability to pay and were allocated in the federal CARES Act as well as the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. Congressman Tom Reed announced the payments will total over $20 million in relief for the 23rd Congressional District. Ira Davenport is scheduled to receive $5,000,000.


A parade will be held on Saturday, June 27th after the Bath-Haverling commencement to honor this year’s Seniors. The lineup begins for students only at 12:30pm at the Steuben County fairgrounds and the Parade will begin at 12:45. It will depart from the fairgrounds through the Rumsey Street Gate and continue on Washington Street, turn right on Ellis Ave around the school circle and down and eventually reach Liberty Street then it will be completed once it gets back to Washington Street. Parents and Family as well as the community and friends are welcome to line the streets along the route. Bath PD and Bath Fire Department Fire Police will be directing traffic, and the Route will be closed so that everyone can follow the route without interruptions.


Today, Governor Cuomo announced during his daily COVID-19 briefing that hospitals will be able to accept visitors at their discretion. Cuomo also said group homes can begin allowing visitors at their discretion this Friday. Nursing homes still will not be allowed visitors at this time as the state will continue studying data from the hospital visitors’ pilot program to figure out how it can be applied to nursing homes.


Congressman Tom Reed said while in the 23rd Congressional district, he met with officials at Regeneron. Regeneron a pharmaceutical company developing a treatment for COVID-19 which will enter human trials. Reed says the company’s results show major potential. If the trials are successful, the antiviral cocktail could be available on the market by the fall.


The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that two additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 276 confirmed cases, 10 of which are currently active.  The individuals are residents of the City of Corning and the Village of Canisteo. The individuals are isolated and being 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. Public Health Director Darlene Smith says COVID-19 is still circulating in the community.


Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 10th  deputies arrested Jerel W. Woodworth, age 72, of Holt Road in Greenwood following an investigation into a complaint of sexual misconduct. Woodworth allegedly subjected a person under the age of sixteen years old to sexual contact by forcible compulsion and charged with one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.  He was arraigned in the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court and released on $250.00 bail to appear in Greenwood Town Court at a later date.


The June 23rd Primary polling places have been announced by the Steuben County Board of Elections. County Board of Elections commissioners said the poll site changes are for the June 23rd primaries held only for Democratic Presidential and SAM Party State Committee. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Changes were made to comply with N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NY On PAUSE restrictions. Early Voting also continues today through Sunday, June 21st. Those wishing to vote by absentee ballot for the June primary may call (607) 664-2260 for an appointment to come in person. Mailed-in absentee ballot applications must be postmarked by today.


Two people were taken into custody following a weapons assault in the Town of Campbell. State Police arrested 25-year-old Hunter Gerow of Painted Post. His top charges include felony counts of first-degree reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. Troopers also arrested 56-year-old Blaine Gerow of Beaver Dams. Both men were charged with menacing with a weapon and criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use. They were both initially detained.

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