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The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification 23 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday and brings the total to 448 confirmed cases, 101 of which are currently active.  The individuals are 5 residents of the City of Corning, 4 from the Town of Campbell, 3 from the Town of Hornby, 2 from the Town of Thurston and one each from the Towns of Addison, Bath, Caton, Erwin, Prattsburgh, Rathbone and Villages of Bath, Painted Post and Wayland. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. 


Steuben County Vulnerable Youth Program Coordinator Lisa Baker says youth these days become increasingly dependent on the internet for school socialization which makes them vulnerable to predatory actions and “Now, as a result of the COVID Pandemic, all youth face an increased risk.” Safely navigating social media is the focus of the upcoming, free 2020 Anti-Trafficking Summit  called “Making Connections”, which is set for October 5th – 9th, with two daily virtual sessions. Session times are available on the registration form. Topics include: the impact of COVID-19 on the Online Underground Commercial Sex Economy, Social Networking, Virtual Community Awareness and Telehealth, Mitigating Suicide Risk for Trafficked Runaway and Homeless Youth, Navigating Virtual Prevention Work During COVID-19 and more. To register for any or all sessions, go to https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ehaqunts0b122af0&oseq=&c=d5de3960-3131-11e9-8a60-d4ae52a82222&ch=d63a8a30-3131-11e9-8a87-d4ae52a82222


A Rock and Roll icon, a pioneer advocate for disabled people and the first Director of Steuben County Emergency Services and Fire Coordination were unanimously approved by the Steuben County Legislature for induction into the 2020 county Hall of Fame. Inductees were selected from a field of more than 30 candidates and include : Duane Eddy - a Corning native, called by many the most successful and influential instrumentalist in Rock and Roll history, Arthur Hansen - A First Lieutenant with the Army Corps of Engineers in the Pacific during World War II and founder of The ARC of Steuben in 1964, and Canisteo native Donald Merring who was was appointed to the US Naval Academy and later a member of the Canisteo Fire Department (CFD) since January 1960 and continues to actively respond almost daily to emergency situations as a fire equipment operator and ambulance driver. Since 1976, nearly 460 people have been nominated with 149 individuals inducted into Steuben Hall of Fame. Due to restrictions on social gatherings, a reception for this year's inductees will be held at a later date.
For a list Steuben County Hall of Fame members, go to https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=357


The gym at HealthWorks in Painted Post is closed today for clean-up after a small fire broke out in the locker room area last night. Only the fitness center is affected by this closure. Guthrie Erwin medical offices, rehabilitation, sleep studies and other medical services are open for regular services today.No injuries were reported in the fire and the cause is under investigation.


Corning Mayor Bill Boland has endorsed fellow Democrat Tracy Mitrano in her campaign to represent New York’s 23rd congressional district. Mitrano hopes to win that seat from incumbent Tom Reed, a Republican and a former mayor of Corning himself.


The Steuben County Legislature on Monday awarded a total of $6.1 million to low bidders for the Phase II Court and County Offices Renovation Project. Phase II work includes significant renovations to the County Office Building, and county court complex in keeping with mandated state court reform. Work may begin as early as next week with completion set for 2023, according to county Manager Jack Wheeler. Lawmakers will also receive a formal presentation on the 2021 proposed budget on November 12th. Work on the budget is already under way, with the first legislative workshop set to follow the county Legislature’s Finance Committee regular 10 am meeting October 13th.

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