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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday January 5th, 2021

Allegany-Steuben Arc Merge Officially Complete
Allegany Arc and The Arc of Steuben have officially merged to become The Arc Allegany-Steuben as part of a multi-step process. Both agencies are affiliated chapters of The Arc of the United States and The Arc New York providing services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc of Allegany-Steuben will provide services to approximately 1,000 people with disabilities, through support of over 800 associates, and with a budget of $34 million.

 

Hornell DMV Opens After Possible COVID Exposure
The Hornell DMV opens back up today after closing due to a possible COVID-19 exposure. The county office in Hornell had to close for the remainder of yesterday but resumed normal business hours today.

 

Steuben Health Dept Reports 586 Active COVID Cases; 7 Deaths
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 217 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday-bringing the total to 3,710 confirmed cases, 586 of which are currently active. Among the new infections three individuals are associated with the Addison Central School District, Center Street Elementary and three others visited the VFW in Bath, American Legion in Bath, American Legion in Canisteo and American Legion in Campbell. The lives of seven more people in Steuben County were claimed by the virus and brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 146.  All of the individuals passed at area hospitals. 

 

Structure Fire in Hammondsport Last Night
A structure fire broke out in Hammondsport last night with Initial scanner reports coming in around 4:00 this morning. WENY says sheds caught on fire next to a trailer on West Waneta Lake Road with multiple municipalities  called to the scene. The fire was controlled quickly with  minor damage to the side of a home. The cause is under investigation.

 

Reed Won't Object to State Electors at Election Certification
Congressman Tom Reed released a statement this morning in which he said he will not object to any state’s electors on Wednesday during the certification of the Presidential election.In his statement, Reed said, “We can rebuild trust in our elections by transparently addressing the last-minute, confusing way some states conducted voting in 2020. The Constitution, however, makes clear Congress cannot overrule states and their designated electors. I must be true to the oath I took to uphold the Constitution and will not object to any state’s electors tomorrow.”

 

Cuomo Announces COVID Vaccine Prioritization for NY
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the latest prioritization for New Yorkers eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning today, eligibility is being expanded to include all outpatient/ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers who provide direct in-person patient care, as well as all public health care workers who provide direct in-person care, including those who conduct COVID-19 tests and handle lab specimens. Beginning this week, eligibility will also be expanded to include home care workers, hospice workers, and nursing home and other congregate setting workers who have yet to receive a vaccine through the federal nursing home vaccination program.

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