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Steuben County reports 15 additional cases of COVID-19 and that the latest COVID-19 victim is a 72-year-old male resident of Corning Center who died while hospitalized. The latest reported infections bring the total to 513 confirmed cases, 159 of which are currently active.  13 residents are from Corning, and one each is from the Town of Bath and the Village of Painted Post. Individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. 


A week ago, Prattsburgh School was closed after a BOCES employee who visited the school the week prior tested positive for COVID-19. Last night, a statement from Prattsburgh Superintendent Kory Bay was posted on the school’s Facebook page where he said the District was “presently working through a situation with the Steuben County Department of Health, and this process will take the day to resolve.” Bay posted Sunday night on the school’s website that a student tested positive for COVID-19. Bay says the school was working with the DOH to contact trace and make further decisions about when and how to reopen.


Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested 31-year-old Michael Shepherd of Bath or offering one false instrument for filling to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. Shepherd allegedly received benefits from the Steuben County Department of Social Services in the amount of $1,348.00 that he was not eligible to receive. He is charged with one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree  and one count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth degree. He was also found to have an active violation of probation warrant issued out of Steuben County Court. Shepherd was remanded to the Steuben County Jail.


After news President Trump and First Lady Melania tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, both Congressman Reed and Governor Cuomo expressed their wishes of support and wellness by releasing statements. Reed sent his prayers and best wishes to the President and First Lady while wishing them a speedy recovery and added "This is a moment that, I beleive, we as leaders can demonstrate who we are as a country." Governor Cuomo also said his thoughts are with the President and Melania while wishing them a speedy recovery, adding: "The virus is vicious and spreads easily. Wear a mask. Let's all look out for each other." 


New York State has created the new app called COVID Alert NY to notify users of potential COVID-19 exposure while maintaining user privacy and security. The app is available in English and 5 other languages for those 18 and over. COVID Alert NY will use Exposure Notification System technology to notify users if they have been in close contact (within six feet for at least 10 minutes) with someone testing positive for COVID. Visit: ny.gov/covidalerts for more information about the app.


The State DEC says its Drought Watch to the Southern Tier region, which includes Steuben and Chemung counties, has been expanded. Southern Tier waters users are urged to avoid wasting water while monitoring their usage. Since spring, dry conditions and low precipitation across the state have resulted in reduced water availability and reduced streamflow with many streams seeing record lows for this time of year. Some tips to conserve water include: raising your lawn mower cutting height, fixing dripping and leaking faucets and toilets, only using automatic lawn watering systems when it is dry or with a gauge to control water usage, watering lawns and gardens on alternate days and sweeping sidewalks instead of hosing them.


This week, Congressman Tom Reed joined Ways and Means Republican Leader Kevin Brady for discussion on a host of tax and trade issues, including the Paycheck Protection Program, payroll taxes, the significance of USMCA, and opportunities to boost domestic manufacturing as part of . Reed’s 6th annual Manufacturing Summit. The summit is a week-long event to connect manufacturers and entrepreneurs with policymakers and industry experts to ensure access to needed resources, support, and information.


A Greece man who threatened two Democrat politicians will serve six months in prison.  Salvatore Lippa II pleaded guilty to threatening to assault and murder a federal officer on account of the performance of their official duties and interstate communication of a threat back in June after Lippa admitted he threatened the lives of Congressman Adam Schiff and US Senator Chuck Schumer.

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