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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 21st, 2020

County COVID Deaths Reach 71
The COVID-19 death toll in Steuben County has now reached 71. The latest victim is a 91-year-old male resident of the Bath VA nursing home who died while hospitalized with the virus. Health Director Darlene Smith advised the public that as cases remain high across the county, to please take every precaution to slow the spread and protect friends, family and neighbors.


Steuben Sees 14 New COVID Cases
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 14 new Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the number of active cases to 309 and a total of 943 confirmed cases. The new cases involve several people were reported as contacts to those who recently tested positive, an employee at BOCES at the Coopers campus and a student at Addison High Schools. Health officials say while they are glad to see a drop in the number of new cases for one day, this one-day drop is not a trend.


Third Arrest Made in Bath July Robbery
A third arrest was made in a home invasion and robbery that occurred in the village of Bath over the summer. Robin Robinson was arrested on three counts of robbery and criminal possession of a weapon along with four counts of assault and a single count of burglary. According to police, his two co-defendants were arrested in July and August shortly after the burglary. Cops say numerous weapons were used in the assault and robbery of the West Morris Street homeowner back in July. Robinson was arrested in Elmira after allegedly being found to be in possession of another illegal weapon and is currently in Chemung County Jail and will be transported back to Steuben County.


BOE Reminds Voters of Absentee Deadline on Tuesday 10/27
Steuben County Board of Elections reminds registered voters that the absentee ballot application deadline is less than one week away. Those interested in voting via absentee ballot this year must postmark an Absentee Ballot application by October 27th. Voters may also apply for an absentee ballot at: https://www.steubencony.org/Pages.asp?PGID=19. Commissioners remind those coming in to vote in person must wear a mask to keep with pandemic protocols at polling places.


Pulteney to Vote Library Funding on Proposition One
This year, Library Proposition Number One is on the ballot in the Town of Pulteney. If this passes, the library would receive an extra $3,728 annually. The over $3,500 worth of funding may be applied to staffing, supplying books, and utilities while boosting the library’s annual budget total to $41,010.


St. James and Noyes Limit Visitors Following Area Spike
An increase in COVID-positive cases in the greater Hornell area and start of flu season led St. James Hospital in Hornell  to limit ethe number of visitors for outpatient services and appointments, which includes visits to the hospital’s emergency department. Noyes Health is also implementing a revised visitor restriction policy beginning today. With just a few exceptions, visitors will not be allowed in the hospital.


Campbell Voters Approve Bond to Buy Church for New Fire Dept.
Voters Last night, voters of Campbell approved a bond to purchase a church in the Campbell Fire District, 133 to 44 votes. This allows the Fire Department to purchase the Campbell Missionary Alliance Church located at 8766 State Route 415 with the goal to eventually convert the church into a new fire hall.

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