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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 8th, 2020

Steuben Reports Three More Deaths; 123 New Cases Yesterday
Three more lives were lost yesterday to COVID-19 and all were from nursing homes. Two individuals were male residents of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center, age 80 and 92.  One was an 89-year-old female resident of Absolut Care Three Rivers. 123 more Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 between Saturday and yesterday.  This brings the total to 2,164 confirmed cases, 380 of which are currently active. The new infections involve numerous nursing facilities and schools to include Bath Central as well as multiple churches and social clubs. 


Annual “Fill The Patrol Car” Toy Drive Saturday at Hornell Wal-Mart
The “Fill the Patrol Car” campaign sponsored by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Hornell Walmart. Ray Dell, Chairman of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Foundation, said “Whether you are donating a coat or a toy, it will benefit a child in Steuben County.” Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard encourages those who can donate to bring unwrapped toys to the location for distribution to needy children in Steuben County. Donations of unwrapped toys can also be made at drop boxes at the Steuben County Public Safety Building, 7007 Rumsey St., Bath, N.Y.


Multiple Steuben COVID Cases Traced to Thanksgiving Gatherings
Steuben Public Health Department reports Steuben County has had multiple positive cases and a number of contacts traced back to Thanksgiving gatherings “As predicted…” according to Health Director Darlene Smith. Of the 123 new cases reported yesterday, 26 people had contact with previously reported positive cases and 13 people had contact on Thanksgiving with people who tested positive, some from out of the county or state. 16 residents of Fred and Harriet Taylor Health Center tested positive as well as seven Corning Inc. employees. "With more holidays around the corner, we implore you to reconsider gathering with anyone outside your COVID bubble," Smith said. "Even small gatherings can result in multiple positives, with the potential for some to end up in the hospital or worse."


Dormann Library Announces Curbside-Only Service Next Week
The Dormann Library in Bath announced it will be moving back to curbside only service beginning next week. Curbside service will run from Monday, December 14th through Tuesday, January 19th. Officials say the move is in the interest of the public safety for the community and staff, noting the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Steuben County.


Unemployment Benefits Expire 12/26
Unemployment benefits are expired to stop on December 26th under two COVID-19 relief programs and about 1.2 million New Yorkers will be affected by this move and about 12 million workers across the nation as Congress is negotiating a possible stimulus deal. Since March when the pandemic began, New York has paid more than $56 billion in benefits to 3.8 million New Yorkers.


GrassRoots Live LivesStreaming Saturday December 19th
GrassRoots Live is a one-night only live-streamed event coming up Saturday December 19th live via StageIt.com from the State Theatre in Ithaca. The annual Grassroots Festival at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds was cancelled this summer due to the pandemic and this event brings live performances from the GrassRoots All Stars, Jeb & Tara, Driftwood and more musical acts. Tickets are $10 dollars.

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