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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday January 27th, 2021

Steuben Reports 41 COVID Deaths; 304 Currently Active Cases
There have been no new COVID-related deaths in Steuben County during the last two days. However, health officials do report that 41 more County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 4,928 confirmed cases, 304 of which are currently active. Two individuals are associated with Corning, Inc. at the IDM Plant and Diesel Plant. Four individuals are connected with Alfred State College, All Saint’s Academy, Dundee Central School and Hornell City School District.

 

Steuben’s Opioid Committee Educating Community of Opiate Safety
In Steuben County and across the nation, some substance abusers harm their pets to get drugs from unwary veterinarians. During her recent presentation to the county Legislature’s Human Services Health and Education Committee, Steuben Prevention Coalition’s Opioid Committee program assistant Connie Terry drew awareness to this issue. Preventing substance abuse before it begins is the basis of the coalition, which conducts a bi-annual survey to determine attitudes and opinions of Steuben’s school students in eighth, 10th and 12th grades towards alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drug use. The youth survey and a second, community, survey form the basis for government funds and anti-abuse campaigns by the coalition at prevention, including a series of videos featuring Steuben youth. Terry said the group will be reaching out to area pharmacies soon to encourage them to distribute disposal packets, sell medication lock boxes and educate their customers about opioid safety.

 

3 National Guard Soldiers Escorted to Final Rest
The bodies of two of the three fallen soldiers with the U.S. Army National Guard were escorted Tuesday by Troopers deputies from the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office to Fort Drum. The men were killed January 20 when the medical evacuation helicopter they were flying in crashed in a field in Mendon during a training exercise for night vision goggle proficiency training.

 

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases NY Report of Schools in Fiscal Stress
Thirty-one school districts statewide were designated in fiscal stress under New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System for the school year ending on June 30, 2020. Western New York was the only region that had no school districts in fiscal stress for the 2019-20 school year. 

 

NYFB Released State Priorities Yesterday
The New York Farm Bureau released its 2021 state legislative priorities yesterday with COVID-19 vaccinations at the top of the list. Farm Bureau President David Fisher says the group has aked the Departments of Health and Agriculture and Markets to develop a plan along with the farming community to establish vaccination locations that target farmworkers. Other priorities on the agenda include the New York State Budget gaps, investment in rural broadband, science-based policy-making at the state level, and farm labor needs. 

 

Cuomo Says NYS Out of COVID Vaccine
Governor Cuomo said New York state is “basically out of” coronavirus vaccine and is urging the federal government to move faster in ordering more doses. President Joe Biden said yesterday the U.S. will purchase 200 million total more Covid-19 vaccine doses with 100 million each of the approved Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.  By the end of summer there should be enough doses to cover 300 million Americans. Though  New York’s allotment of first doses increased to about 290,000, up from 250,000 last week,  Cuomo says that’s not enough. Cuomo said the federal government distributes the vaccine based on population, but said New York is going through its allotment faster than other states with 1.2 million first doses, which is 93 percent of the state’s supply so far. Both the Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech shots require two doses that are administered weeks apart. Cuomo said knowing New York will get 16-17% more doses for the next three weeks will allow more appointments to be scheduled efficiently on a week-to-week basis.

 

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