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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday August 11th, 2020

Three More in Steuben Test Positive for COVID-19
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports three additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total to 315 confirmed cases, 10 of which are currently active.  Those infected include a resident from the Town of Corning and two residents from the Village of Addison. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.

 

Corning Man Arrested Following Reported Gun Shot Wound
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports August 7th deputies arrested 39-year-old Scott J. Andrews of Corning following an investigation of a reported gunshot wound and deputies and investigators executing a search warrant at a camper in the Town of Corning. It is alleged that Mr. Andrews was previously convicted of a felony, possessed both rifles and a shotgun, and  received a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  It is further alleged that Mr. Andrews possessed a silencer, assault type rifle and large capacity ammunition feeding devices.  Mr. Andrews was charged with five counts of Criminal Possession of a weapon in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony.  He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.

 

Hornell Man Arrested After Report of Threatening Visit
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that on August 7th deputies arrested 61-year-old Reggie Z. Cansdale of Hornell, following an investigation of a reported disruptive and threatening visitor in a health care facility in the Town of Hornellsville.  It is alleged Mr. Cansdale threatened to cause serious harm to the facility and members of the public in the facility. Cansdale was charged with Making a Terroristic Threat, which is a Class D Felony and also arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court then released.

 

NY AFL-CIO Endorse Mitrano for Congress

The New York State AFL-CIO has endorsed Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano as she runs to unseat Republican incumbent Tom Reed. The New York AFL-CIO represents 2.5 million working people across the state and released its candidate endorsements late last week which also include Democratic State Senate Candidate for the 58th District Leslie Danks-Burke.

 

School Districts Reported Incorrectly with Deficient or Late Plans
School districts in the region who appeared on the state’s list of deficient, incomplete or late school reopening plans included: Arkport, Bradford, Corning and Hammondsport yesterday with several media outlets, including WVIN, reporting and posting the schools on the list. However, Superintendents of the Seneca Falls and Palmyra-Macedon districts said they received confirmation from the state late-last week when submitting plans for approval. As of this morning, the Governor’s website still listed the incorrect list with districts falsely identified as having not submitted a plan.

 

Nursing Homes Warn of Shutdowns Without Support and Reform
Nursing home advocates say facilities will shut down unless change is made to contend with systemic failures inside nursing homes and policies that some say increased the death toll during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nursing home administrators are telling lawmakers and the state that if Medicaid funding isn’t provided by the federal government, some facilities will shut down. Governor Cuomo suggested that the cut could reach 20% if a package is not reached in Congress. Nursing home administrators say poor funding left them no choice but to make staffing cuts before the pandemic began, with some facilities even having to reduce their capacity to contend with those budget shortfalls.

 

Two Additional States Added to Travel Advisory
Today, Governor Cuomo announced two additional states and Virgin Islands meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those areas, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. While Hawaii and South Dakota are newly-added states, Alaska, New Mexico, Ohio and Rhode Island have been removed. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

The full, updated travel advisory list is below:

• Alabama
• Arkansas
• Arizona
• California
• Florida
• Georgia
• Hawaii
• Iowa
• Idaho
• Illinois
• Indiana
• Kansas
• Kentucky
• Louisiana
• Maryland
• Minnesota
• Missouri
• Mississippi
• Montana
• North Carolina
• North Dakota
• Nebraska
• Nevada
• Oklahoma
• Puerto Rico
• South Carolina
• South Dakota
• Tennessee
• Texas
• Utah
• Virginia
• Virgin Islands
• Wisconsin

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