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Steuben CAP Committee Meet Tomorrow
The Steuben County Administration Committee meets tomorrow morning. Lawmakers will be asked to add the towns of Wayland and Caton to the county Workers’ Compensation Plan. The Committee will also consider reclassifying one vacant funded Staff Psychologist position to one Social Services Clinical Coordinator. There could be some minor cost savings.


42 New COVID Cases Reported Friday in Steuben
Steuben County’s Public Health Department reported Friday that 41 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 between over Thursday and Friday and brings the total number of active cases to 173 and a total of  1,246 confirmed Steuben County cases since the start of the pandemic.  Individuals include: 9 residents of Corning, 4 from the Town of Erwin, 3 each from the Village of Bath as well as the Towns of Corning and Campbell, 2 each from the City of Hornell, Village of South Corning and Towns of Cameron, Addison, and Tuscarora. One case each has been reported for the Towns of Dansville, Fremont, Jasper, Prattsburgh, Thurston, Troupsburg, and Woodhull as well as Villages of Canisteo and Savona. One individuals is an employee of Alfred University, Four individuals are linked with Pathways while one individual is a student of Bath Middle School and one individual is a student of Haverling High School. Also reported on Friday: New York state’s COVID-19 positivity rate hit over 3,000 new cases -the highest number since May- according to the State Health Department.  Our Southern Tier region checked in at just 1.2%.


Local Representatives React to US Presidential Election Results
Regarding last week’s election, Congressman Tom Reed says “To ensure the integrity of our electoral process, we must continue to transparently count and certify all of the American people’s votes to its complete conclusion.” However, Reed added that out of respect and in deference to the moment, he extends his congratulations to President-elect Biden. Reed said we are ready to come together, work as one and help all Americans through the difficult times ahead. Other local leaders reacted with Senator Schumer saying the Trump Administration should accept the election results by conceding. Senator Gillibrand made a congratulatory Twitter tweet to President-Elect Biden and Kamala Harris, for being the first women to hold the VP-Elect office.


Guthrie Scholarships Available to Local Senior Students
Guthrie Scholarship applications are now available for area high school seniors. Two categories of scholarships are offered. One is for students who are planning a career in health care and the other is for children of Guthrie employees who are enrolling in an accredited junior college, college or university. This scholarship will support any field of study. You can find more information at Guthrie.org/news. The deadline for applying for these scholarships is Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Children of Guthrie physicians are not eligible.


Buffalo Bills Beat Seahawks 44-34 & Improve Record
The Buffalo Bills did it again yesterday afternoon at Bills Stadium where they welcomed to town the NFC’s best team, the Seattle Seahawks to own a 44-34 victory and improving their record to 7-2 and dropping the Seahawks 6-2. Quarterback Josh Allen completed 24 of 28 passes for 282 yards and finished 31 of 38 for 415 yards, becoming the first Buffalo quarterback since Drew Bledsoe in 2002 to have two 400-yard games in the same season.


SUNY Chancellor Outlines Plan for Spring 2021 Semester
State University of New York ‘s Chancellor has outlined a sweeping, system-wide plan that will allow campuses to safely return to in-person instruction for the spring semester, subject to any changes in federal or New York State guidance. According to the plan all students must be tested for COVID-19 upon return. The plan also pushes the start date of the spring semester for in-person instruction until February 1 and spring break 2021 will be cancelled. In addition, all returning students must complete a seven-day precautionary quarantine prior to their arrival on campus.

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