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Today's Top Stories - Saturday July 25, 2020

Two new COVID-19 cases reported in Steuben County

The Steuben County Health Department has confirmed two new cases of COVID-19. The individuals are residents of the Towns of Campbell and Hornellsville. One of the patients in question visited the Hornell Gardens nursing home between July 20th and July 24th. At least 12 residents of Hornell Gardens died from COVID-19, though no known deaths have been reported since April. 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. These two latest cases bring the total number of confirmed cases in Steuben County to 305, 11 of which are currently active


Bill to limit liability protections for nursing homes and hospitals treating COVID-19 patients set to hit Cuomo’s desk

The New York State Senate and Assembly voted late Thursday to repeal legislation added to the state budget in April that previously granted health care facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes liability protections while treating COVID-19 patients. Senator Jim Tedisco proposed an amendment to the bill to form a state panel with subpoena power to investigate the many nursing home deaths since the pandemic’s onset. Governor Cuomo will have 10 days to sign or veto the bill once it reaches his desk.


Steuben County’s free Hazardous Waste Disposal days to begin August 8th

Beginning August 8th, Steuben County Residents can safely dispose of hazardous materials such as pool chemicals during the county Public Works Department’s free Household Hazardous Waste Days, set for August 8th at the Erwin transfer station, August 29th at the county Landfill in Bath, October 10th at the Hornell transfer station, and October 24th at the Wayland transfer station, all from 8 a.m.-noon. Registration is required. If disposed of improperly, pool chemicals, such as Chlorine tablets and Muriatic acid can create serious hazards to personal health and property. Mixed pool chemicals can badly burn and injure people as well as cause fires


Suspect in serious condition after Officer involved shooting in Tioga County

Yesterday afternoon, Tioga County Sheriff’s Deputies and an officer from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a residence in the town of Newark Valley. A male at the residence allegedly fired at least one shot before officers arrived. The suspect failed to comply with orders from the responding officers to drop a shotgun. The suspect was shot after approaching the officers while aiming the shotgun in their direction. He was transported to the UHS Wilson Medical Center where he is currently in serious condition.


Crews working on water main break in Hornell

Crews in Hornell yesterday responded to a broken water main on North Church Street, according to the city’s facebook page. Earlier this week the city reported a different water main break on Fourth Street after they replaced the city’s water system.


Small fire breaks out at Corning Inc. facility in Big Flats

A small fire broke out in an equipment area at the Corning Innovation Support in Big Flats Friday afternoon. All employees were evacuated safely while the fire was controlled and eventually extinguished. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. The Innovation Support Center is one of the facilities where Corning’s Valor Glass is manufactured


Gas leak in Corning after construction crews strike a line

Crews worked to repair a gas leak yesterday in the City of Corning after constructions crews accidently struck a gas line. Five homes near the 100 block of South Place had to have their gas turned off as a result of the leak.

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