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Today's Top Stories - Monday, July 13th, 2020

The Bath VA Medical Center announced this morning that due to COVID-19, they have temporarily reduced face to face appointments and expanded virtual care appointments. Veterans can receive care at home- either over the phone or via video using VA Video Connect on their computers, smartphones, or tablets. Additional information has been posted on the Bath VA Medical Center Facebook page.


Today, New York Governor Cuomo issued an emergency health order mandating out-of-state travelers coming from states listed under the travel advisory must provide local authorities with contact information upon entering New York to help enforce quarantine orders. Currently, 19 states are under the travel advisory due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Any traveler coming into New York from those states must quarantine for 14 days. Cuomo also said travelers from those designated states must fill out a form with contact information. Those forms will be given out on airplanes and every airport in New York State is subject to the order. Those who do not turn in a form could be subjected to a $2,000 fine.

The Bath, Corning and Hornell DMV Offices are now scheduling 15-minute appointments as a way to serve more of the public. For those who have already scheduled appointments, your appointment time and date will not be impacted. As with all county facilities, individuals entering DMV offices will be required to have a temperature screening, wear a face covering, and maintain social distancing while in the facility. Individuals are also encouraged to bring their own pen to their appointment.


The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected many local governments’ revenues and its impact will likely be severe for many municipalities’ finances, that’s according to a new report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. As sales tax revenues fall by double-digits and state aid is reduced or delayed, DiNapoli called on the federal government to provide aid to local governments before drastic service cuts occur.


The Steuben County Office for the Aging announced that Senior “Farmers’ Market” coupons will be distributed to eligible seniors 60 and older. The $20 booklet of coupons may be used for the purchase of locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs atparticipating farmers’ markets throughout the area. Recipients must be age 60 or older with maximum gross monthly income of $1,968 for a one-person household,$2,658 for a two-person household, or $3,349 for a three-person household. Income levels increase by $691 per additional household member. Booklets must be picked up in person only by each eligible recipient or by a documented power of attorney. Using social distancing protocols the county Office for the Aging will distribute coupons at the following dates and locations:
10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday July 21 at the Bath-Haverling Bus Garage
10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday July 22 at the Corning Senior Center
10 a.m. to noon on Thursday July 23 at the GST BOCES Wildwood Education Center in Hornell.

In keeping with COVID-19 protocols recipients must remain in their vehicles, wear a mask and bring a pen.For more information log onto www.steubencony.org/ofa.

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