33 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 33 Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including an employee and resident of Elderwood at Hornell, and an individual associated with Addison Middle School. This brings the county total to 5,033 confirmed cases, 320 of which are currently active.
One new COVID-19 death in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 161. The individual was a male resident of the Town of Corning who died while hospitalized at the age of 75.
Steuben County Office For the Aging warns of vaccine scams
Senior citizens and their loved ones should be alert to scammers claiming they have special access to COVID-19 vaccines, Steuben County Office For the Aging Director Patty Baroody said. The public can guard against the fraud by following these guidelines:
- No one will likely need to pay out of pocket to get the vaccine
- No one can pay to get early access to the vaccine.
- No one from Medicare will contact residents regarding the vaccine
- No one from a distribution site or health care payer will call asking for Social Security numbers, credit card or bank account information in order to sign up for the vaccine.
- Scammers may call, text, email or go door-to-door claiming they can get someone early access to the vaccine. Do not provide them personal or financial information.
Governor Cuomo announces new rules for wedding receptions
Governor Andrew Cuomo, during his COVID-19 briefing yesterday, rolled out new rules for wedding receptions in New York State. Effective March 15th, venues in the state may host receptions, but with only half capacity or up to 150 persons. Also, all attendees must receive COVID-19 tests prior and the event must be approved by the venue’s local health department.
Sisters arrested for welfare fraud
Christy Lott and Cheyenne Cross were arrested after a welfare fraud investigation found Lott had received over $25,000 in daycare subsidiary benefits she was not eligible to receive due to failure to correctly report billable daycare hours. Her sister Cross “falsely compiled daycare time sheets and cashed subsequent checks from the Chemung County DSS on behalf of Christy.” Both were arrested on an active Elmira City Court arrest warrant, Lott for Welfare Fraud 3rd Degree, Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st Degree, and Cross for Grand Larceny 3rd Degree.