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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday August 18th, 2020

Steuben Health Department Reports Three Additional COVID Cases
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports three additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday and brings the total to 320 confirmed cases, eight of which are currently active.  The individuals are 2 City of Corning residents and one from the Town of Woodhull. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified. 


Gyms Can Reopen Next Week
Gyms across the state could get the green light to reopen as soon as next Monday August 24th. Today, Governor Cuomo said guidance has been given to gym owners. Cuomo said localities will play an important role in reopening gyms. Gyms will be able to operate at a capacity of a 33% occupancy limit. Face coverings will also be required at all times while gyms must operate at a MERV-13 Air Handling System or Greater with local health departments inspecting before or within two weeks of the gyms and fitness centers reopening.


O’Mara Pushes for Independent Investigation of Nursing Homes
Senator Tom O'Mara continues work to bring an independent investigation into how New York's COVID-19 response impacted nursing homes as the as thestate  Senate and Assembly Republican Conferences hold the first of a planned series of forums for  more testimony on the state’s nursing home crisis where at least 6,500 elderly New Yorkers died in nursing homes during the pandemic, with concerns that number could be even higher. O’ Mara said “an independent investigation, using all of the powers at our disposal, is warranted and necessary for the families who have lost loved ones, the caregivers who put themselves at risk, and to ensure better and safer policies moving forward." Governor Cuomo does not support an independent probe into the virus' toll on the state's nursing homes.


Reed Announces $300K in Federal Support for Housing
Congressman Tom Reed announced yesterday Southern Tier housing authorities will receive over $300,000 in federal support for preparation and prevention of a coronavirus outbreak with the funding made possible through the CARES Act . The Hornell Housing Authority will receive grants worth $34,797 while the Southern Tier Environments for Living will get $3,555.


Hornell Residents Gather to Honor & Thank First Responders
City of Hornell residents came together yesterday to celebrate the men and women in law enforcement while thanking them for their service to the community. Hornell Chief of Police Ted Murray said his staff are appreciative of the continued support from the Hornell community.


Two More States Added to NY Travel Advisory List
Alaska and Delaware now qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, to quarantine for 14 days. No states have been removed most recently.

The full, updated list of states on the travel advisory is below:

  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • 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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