Two new cases of COVID-19 in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification that two Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals are residents of the Town of Prattsburgh and the village of Bath. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. 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.
First student tests positive for COVID-19 in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification also that a student from Jasper-Troupsburg Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first student to test positive in Steuben County and brings the total to 356 confirmed cases, 17 of which are currently active. The student is a resident of the Town of Troupsburg. The student is isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff worked with school officials to investigate and identify close contacts of the confirmed case and exposure risks. All those known to have direct contact with the student have been reached out to by Public Health and/or the school. Classmates, affected teachers, and contacts from the school bus are being quarantined. The student last attended class on Friday, September 11th and began showing symptoms on Sunday, September 13th.
Paving work to continue in Canisteo
The New York State Department of Transportation is advising motorists to prepare for lane closures along 5 miles of Route 36 in the Town of Canisteo. The paving project will run from Village of Canisteo line to Rock Run Road. The project is slated to run through the end of September, weather permitting. Two-way traffic will be maintained on Route 36 with alternating single-lane closures and on-site flagging personnel. No detours will be offered as part of the construction. Motorists are advised to seek a different route.
Candlelight vigil held for late Justice Ginsburg in Corning
After news of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg broke late Friday evening, several dozen mourners came together for a candlelight vigil at Card Carrying Books & Gifts on Corning’s Market Street to honor the late Justice and to commemorate her achievements and legacy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg passed away at age 87 at her Washington home due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. The late Justice did have connections to the Finger Lakes region, having graduated from Cornell University in 1954, where she also met her husband Martin who passed away in 2010.
NYS Senator pushes for independent investigation on nursing homes
New York State Senator Tom O’Mara, the ranking member on the Senate Investigations Committee, yesterday renewed his call for an independent investigation into how New York’s COVID-19 response impacted nursing homes, where at least 6,500 residents have died over the past six months. O’Mara and his Senate GOP colleagues have also rolled out a new online petition to allow their constituents to help join the fight for an independent investigation. Said petition can be found on O’Mara’s Senate website.
Steuben County Traffic Safety Board to hold meeting September 25th
The Steuben County Traffic Safety Board will hold a meeting next Friday, September 25th. The agenda for the meeting can be found on www.steubencony.org. The meeting will be held in the Legislative Chambers on the 3rd Floor of the Annex Building for Board Members, Legislators and invited staff only, and will also be held via teleconference for remaining staff, members of the public and the media.