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Today's Top Stories - Friday March 26, 2021

State Police ask for help in locating missing Steuben County man

The New York State police are asking for assistance from the public in locating missing 20-year-old Steuben County man Josh Tietje. It is believed Mr. Tietje left his residence earlier this morning for unknown reasons. Mr. Tietje is described as an autistic male, and was last seen wearing a red and black plaid fleece jacket, a T-shirt, tan colored pants, dark blue crocs, and may have been carrying a backpack as well. Anyone who may have info about Mr. Tietje’s whereabouts is urged to contact 911 or the New York State Police, Painted Post Barracks


19 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 19 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19, including two individuals are associated with Siemens Energy in Painted Post, and one individual associated with Corning, Inc. at the Erwin Plant.


NYS extends “takeout alcohol” executive order

The executive order allowing restaurants to deliver and serve takeout alcohol has been extended to Tuesday, April 6th after it was set to expire this weekend. A recent survey done by the New York Restaurant Association found 86 percent of state residents want this executive order to become permanent.


Corning, Inc. announces expansion of contract to create glass vials for COVID-19 vaccine

Corning, Inc. has announced it will receive an additional $57 million in funding from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, in addition to the $204 million contract announced last June, meaning a total of $261 million has been invested into Corning’s pharmaceutical vial and tubing manufacturing capacity. Under the agreement, Corning will up its manufacturing capacity of glass tubing and vials, including Corning Valor Glass vials, to help deliver doses of COVID-19 vaccines. So far, Corning says they have met “every milestone to date” under the original contract.


NYS updates nursing home visitation guidelines

Yesterday, New York State revised nursing home visitation guidance in accordance with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ recently-released guidelines. This replaces the previous guidance released on February 23rd requiring facilities be COVID-free for 14 days. The guidance, effective immediately, will permit visitation at all times and for all residents with limited exceptions for unvaccinated residents in areas of high community spread and lower resident vaccination rates, residents with confirmed COVID-19 infection, or those in isolation or quarantine. Facilities are mandated to continue following strong infection control practices.


Indoor entertainment facilities allowed to open at 25% capacity

Effective today, indoor entertainment facilities will be allowed to open and operate at 25% capacity. Some required protocols include mask wearing and social distancing, a required health screening for customers and a temperature check prior to entry, and frequent cleaning of high touch areas. The same protocols will be in place for outdoor amusement parks, which are set to open at 33% capacity beginning Friday, April 9th.  

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