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14 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification that 14 new Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 1,104 confirmed cases, 146 of which are currently active. 2 of the individuals are residents of the Town of Corning, with the rest of the individuals hailing from the City of Corning, the towns of Addison, Erwin, Hornby, Howard, Jasper, Thurston, Troupsburg, Wayne, and the villages of Riverside, Savona, and South Corning. An investigation found four of the individuals are contacts to previously reported positives, one is an employee of the New York State Police, one is an employee of Erwin Valley Elementary School, and one individual is an employee of Corning Christian Academy.


1 new COVID-19 death in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 81.  The individual was a male resident of the Town of Thurston who died at age 67.


Date for Wreaths Across America event announced; looking for sponsors

Wreaths Across America, the popular annual event at the Bath National Cemetery, recognizing those who served for their country in the armed services, is set for mid-December, with a sponsor deadline of November 30th. The event will have a different look this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the official celebration which provides volunteers the opportunity to place wreaths on the graves of veterans will be spread out over 3 days with all COVID-19 protocols being observed. Wreaths will be laid out from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on December 17th and 18th, and from non until done on December 19th. To date, more than 1,021 wreaths have been donated for the ceremonies in Bath


New York State warns of drowsy driving risk as Daylight Saving Time ends

As the end of Daylight-Saving Time approaches, the New York State Partnership Against Drowsy Driving (NYPDD) today reminded motorists to be aware of the dangers of drowsy driving. Despite gaining an additional hour, this time change can disrupt sleep patterns causing people to feel drowsy. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) uses the occasion to begin its Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, November 1st to 8th. In 2019, according to statistics from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR) at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College, “fatigue/drowsy driving” and/or “driver fell asleep” were listed 5,713 times as contributing factors on police crash reports statewide. So far in 2020, according to preliminary figures from Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research, those same factors have been listed 2,410 times on police crash reports from across the state.


NYS Police to crack down on impaired driving this holiday weekend

Police agencies in New York State are cracking down on impaired driving this holiday weekend. New York State's 'STOP-DWI' campaign began yesterday, and will run until November 1st. New York State Police, County Sheriff deputies and municipal law enforcement agencies will all be out in force throughout the state this weekend. Patrols will be ramped up and there will be DWI checkpoints to keep drivers safe. The Chemung County Sheriff's Office said "Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving."

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