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Today's Top Stories - Friday December 11th, 2020

58 New COVID Cases Reported Yesterday
58 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Steuben County and brings the total to over 2,300 confirmed cases since the pandemic’s beginning, 457 of which are currently active. Most of the new infections involve schools and health care facilities. Public Health Director Darlene Smith says…COVID-19 spread is at an all-time high in Steuben and nearby counties.


Steuben County and St. James Urge Caution as COVID Cases Spike
As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grows in Hornell and surrounding communities, officials at Steuben County and St. James Hospital ask community members to continue taking every precaution to stay safe. Steuben reported the seven day rolling average of positive cases is higher than in the spring and reached double digits this week. As of yesterday on Thursday, Dec. 10th the county was at 2,300 confirmed cases and 110 deaths. Over the last two weeks hospitalization rates have increased at St. James and at all of the regional hospitals. St. James CEO and President Bryan O'Donovan said through collaboration with UR Medicine, the hospital has a 90-day supply of PPE on hand. The public is advised to stay in touch with their primary care provider for any health needs. Anyone with severe symptoms should call in advance (607) 247-2300.


Upstate NY Awaits News About Indoor Dining & Economic Restrictions
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo released an update on the state’s fight against COVID-19 and today the state awaits news regarding indoor dining, and other economic restrictions that could change in parts, or all of Upstate New York. Cuomo said yesterday that “it is beyond critical” that hospitals, and hospital systems as a whole have developed additional capacity and are prepared to work cooperatively to prevent any one facility from becoming overwhelmed and said through the state’s Surge and Flex program the vaccine’s distribution is ensured to be “...as fair and equitable as possible.” Cuomo said the vaccine’s distribution would soon begin following federal and state approval and earlier in the week that if any region was on pace to reach 90% capacity of hospital beds that economic restrictions would be considered. An updated table released by the Governor’s office yesterday indicates that the Southern Tier, which Cuomo has held up as exemplary progress from its earlier fall wave – has 41% of beds available according to the state’s chart.


Woodhull Man Arrested for UTV Larceny
State Police report the arrest of 40-year-old Robert D. Adams of Woodhull for the larceny of a UTV from Lamb & Webster in Woodhull. Adam’s arrest follows the recovery of the stolen UTV, which was located on property near his residence. The UTV had been re-painted and altered to mask its original appearance. Subsequent to his arrest, Troopers say they also recovered a defaced firearm, which Adams allegedly possessed. He was charged with Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, Willful Defacement of a Firearm, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th Degree. Adams was arraigned and remanded to the County Jail, as a predicate felon.


Congressman Reed Calls on Guaranteeing Vote for Relief Bill
Congressman Tom Reed and 31 other House GOP members have joined together in a letter requesting congressional leadership in both chambers guarantee a vote on emergency relief will be held and noting the importance of a bipartisan, bicameral package. The Members say they agree Congress must pass an emergency COVID-19 relief package before the end of the year. The letter concludes with saying…” We cannot leave Washington without reaching a bipartisan deal.”


Buffalo Bills Re-Sign Beane & McDermott to 2025
The Buffalo Bills have signed general manager Brandon Beane to a new multi-year contract extension to run to 2025. Beane was named GM of the Bills in May of 2017. Beane's extension is through the same year as Coach Sean McDermott's extension, which was signed in August. Working hand-in-hand each season, Beane and McDermott have been key players in making the Buffalo Bills' turnaround happen since their first season back in 2017 when the Bills returned to the NFL playoffs for the first time since 1999 and ending the league's longest playoff drought at the time.

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