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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 1, 2020

One new case of COVID-19 in Steuben County

The Steuben County Health Department has received notification that yet another Steuben County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of active confirmed cases in the county to 307, of which 7 are currently active. The individual is a resident of the Town of Hornellsville. Public Health staff have investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed case and exposure risks. Those known to have had direct contact with the individual have been notified.


One injured after shooting in Elmira

The Elmira Police Department says one person sustained non-life-threatening injuries after a shooting at an A & A Mart off Lake Street in Elmira around 3:15 p.m. Friday afternoon. Around 5:15 p.m., police surrounded a home near the intersection of Walnut and West Third Street in Elmira where a vehicle believed to be connected to the shooting was found. Police confirmed they were searching the home for the suspect; however, the suspect was not in the home and police are still searching for him. Police did not identify the suspect or give a description. The incident is still under investigation.


Elmira, Hornell school districts submit reopening plans

Both the Elmira and Hornell School Districts have submitted their reopening plans to New York State for approval. According to the office of Governor Cuomo, the state will grant approval to districts statewide the week of August 3-7. Schools have submitted plans for 3 situations: bringing all students back for in-person learning, a hybrid method involving both in-person and remote learning, and 100% remote learning. The Hornell City School District says they will adopt a hybrid model, with students dividing into two groups keeping households together. The district says by reducing the number of students in attendance on campus, the district can offer “safe transport to school, safe transitions within the building and safety in the classroom as fewer students will allow for social distancing. Students will also be required to wear masks and/or work behind barriers when social distancing is more difficult”.


Avoca CSD receives extension to submit reopening plan

The Avoca Central School District has received an extension from the state for submitting its reopening plan for this upcoming academic year. School districts were required to submit their reopening plans by Friday, July 31, but some have received an extension. Approximately 245 families responded to the district’s survey regarding what type of plan they should implement. 51% of respondents said they would be comfortable sending their child back to school in the fall if confirmed cases of COVID-19 remained low. Many respondents also expressed their concern about mask-wearing and social distancing. The district’s plan is set to be submitted to the state and posted on their website by Friday, August 7.


Paving to begin August 3

Motorists should expect daytime lane closures along Interstate 86 in the towns of Hornell and Howard in Steuben County beginning Monday, August 3, as 10.6 miles of pavement between Exits 34 and 35 will be resurfaced. Construction activities are expected to take place between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. lasting through the end of August. Motorists are advised to prepare for delays and seek alternate routes if possible. The on and off ramps at Exit 34 will also be resurfaced as part of the project, with staggered closures for both the eastbound and westbound ramps set to begin in mid-August. A detour will be in place guiding motorists to use the next ramp.

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