Steuben Public Health Reports 104 More COVID Cases
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 104 more Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 4,372 confirmed cases, 774 of which are currently active. 16 of the new cases involve Bath residents. Eight individuals are associated with the Steuben County Jail.
New UK Strain of COVID Reaches Upstate NY
The new, more contagious variant strain of COVID-19, first found in the UK, has made its way to Upstate New York with the first case found in Saratoga Springs and the number of cases reaching a dozen. This strain of COVID has not been found to be any more or less dangerous than the original strain and the recently-released vaccine has shown effectiveness in fighting off the new strain. Currently, people ages 65 and up are eligible to get the vaccine. Officials stress that relying solely on the vaccine alone will not get us through the pandemic and the public must remain diligent and cooperate to continue best preventative practices like social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing to stop the spread.
Food Bank of Southern Tier Buys $1 Million in Food for Local Families
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier announces it purchased over $1 million worth of food to give to families in need. The million-dollar food donation was secured through the Nourish NY program following the Food Bank seeing a 26% increase in food requests in the year of 2020 with many pantries being run by volunteers. The Food Bank has supported local farmers in providing locally-sourced, fresh foods as thousands of New Yorkers struggle to put food on the table.More information about the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, can be found here.
CDC Expands Vaccination Guidelines Despite Lack of Vaccine
The CDC now recommends all states expand the access to COVID-19 vaccines to everyone 65 and older. Governor Cuomo says though the state will now accept the guidelines, the lack of vaccine won’t help speed up the vaccinations for even more people. New guidelines also cover vaccine access for adults of any age with an underlying health conditions putting them at risk for complications or more severe illness.
Cuomo Announces Internet Plan for Low-Income Families in SOSA
Governor Cuomo announced his proposal to enact a first-in-the-nation requirement for affordable internet for all low-income families as part of the 2021 State of the State agenda. Under the Governor's proposal, all internet providers would be required to offer affordable service at $15 per month to low-income households. The governor says "now more than ever, high-speed internet has become essential in every household.” He added, “you can't go to school, work from home, or visit your doctor by telehealth without it."
Reed Introduces Censure Resolution with 5 Republicans
Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed is one of six House Republicans who introduced a censure resolution accusing President Trump of violating his oath of office by attempting to overturn the lawful results of the 2020 election and by sparking a riot at the Capitol with his continued lies about the election. In a statement, Reed said "This is an important step to hold the president accountable."
NY Troopers Beef Up Security in Albany for Possible Protests
New York State Police say they have increased security at the State Capitol amid reports of possible protests across the nation leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. State troopers said they have been in touch with local and federal law enforcement. They said there is currently no active or credible threat involving the Capitol in downtown Albany. The increased security comes after an internal FBI bulletin warned nationwide protests may start later in the week and go until Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Officials said some of the protesters are members of extremist groups.
Former WENY News Director John Herrick Dies at 83
A former news director for WENY-TV, and a well-known community leader has passed away. John Herrick served his country in the Marine Corps He also served two terms on the Elmira City Council for the 5th District. John Herrick was 83.