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Today's Top Stories - Saturday July 11, 2020

Two new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department has confirmed two additional Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the totals to 293 confirmed cases, with 11 of those being active currently. Both individuals are residents of the City of Corning and are in isolation being monitored by the County Health Department. All those known to have had close contact with the individuals have been notified.


Two injured after logging truck accident in Addison

New York State police say two people were injured after a logging truck crashed into a car and rolled over on State Route 417 in Addison. The incident occurred Friday afternoon around 1 p.m. State Police say a car was pulling out of a parking lot when it cut off the logging truck. Unable to brake in time, the truck swerved in an attempt to avoid the car and struck a second car, causing the truck to roll over. A passenger in the car that was hit and the driver of the logging truck both sustained non-life-threatening injuries.


Family of fallen Addison teenager receive letter from President Trump

The family of fallen Addison teenager Blake Driskell recently received a special letter from President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. Blake succumbed to injuries sustained after a hiking accident in Tuscarora on June 1st. Blake was designated to be an organ donor and has continued to help people after his untimely passing. Many in the Twin Tiers region have honored Blake’s legacy by supporting the #BlakeStrong movement and by raising nearly $46,000 for the Driskell family via GoFundMe.



NYS lifts ban on nursing home visitors

Effective July 15th, certain nursing homes in New York State will allow visitors, with restrictions, as the state eases the ban aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable nursing home residents. Only nursing homes and long-term care facilities that have not had any new cases amongst residents and staffers within the last 28 days would qualify for limited visits.  According to Health department spokeswoman Jill Montag, about 150 of the more than 600 nursing homes in the state could qualify to open up to visitors. Residents can have visits from up to two individuals at a time, and visitors must undergo temperature checks, wear face masks and keep at least 6 feet away from residents during the visit. At least one of the visitors must be 18 years of age as well. No more than 10% of residents can have visitors at any one time.


Tompkins Co. Health Dept. issues warning on harmful blue-green algae in Cayuga Lake

The Tompkins County Health Department has issued a warning of harmful blue-green algae in Cayuga Lake. The health department says it has received multiple reports of suspicious blue green algae blooms. The department says these blooms can be found in any calm body of water, and can produce toxins that are harmful to people. Should you spot a blue-green algae bloom, you should avoid the water, especially if the water appears to be discolored or has an unpleasant odor to it. Should you come in contact with a bloom, rinse yourself thoroughly, and seek medical attention if you start to show symptoms such vomiting, nausea, or an allergic reaction.

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