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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday April 13th, 2021

Moderna Vaccine Clinic Today-Friday at Civil Defense Building
Today through Friday, there will be a Steuben County Moderna Vaccine Clinic each day from 10AM - 2PM at the Steuben County Civil Defense Building on Route 54.  Click here to register.

 

53 More Residents Test Positive for COVID
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 53 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday's update. This brings the total to 6,211 confirmed cases, 185 of which are currently active.

 

Health Officials Pause Use Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine
Vaccine distributors across the nation, including the state of New York, are following the recommendation issued from federal health officials today to pause the use of Johnson and Johnson’s COVID vaccine. State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a a statement today:
“New York State will follow the CDC and FDA recommendation and pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine statewide immediately today while these health and safety agencies evaluate next steps. All appointments for Johnson & Johnson vaccines today at New York State mass vaccination sites will be honored with the Pfizer vaccine.”

 

County Sheriff’s Office Celebrating 225th Anniversary 4/23
State, federal and local officials will recognize the 225th anniversary of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office 11am Friday, April 23rd at the county Public Safety Building, 7007 Rumsey Street Extension Bath, in the Conference Room or in the Memorial Park, weather permitting. County Sheriff Jim Allard said he also will issue commendations at the ceremony to note actions by his department that carry on the 225 year-long tradition of service to the community.

 

Schumer Wants “Quick Release” of $5 Billion for Mental Health
Senator Chuck Schumer says he’s working toward securing a ‘quick release’ of $5 Billion included in the recently-passed American Rescue Plan. The release of federal funding will support New Yorkers and the mental health providers they rely upon. “This is a critical moment where we must acknowledge the lasting mental effects of the pandemic and work to combat them before the crisis deepens.” The Senate Majority Leader said, also adding “ The feds must stand up their programs ASAP and begin the hard, but important, work of getting these funds out to support our most vulnerable New Yorkers.”

 

Cuomo Outlines Initial Parameters for Graduation Ceremonies
New York is looking ahead to graduation season - and the capacity limits that will be in place this spring. During a conference call, Governor Cuomo outlined some of the parameters that will be in place for this year's ceremonies. Full guidance will be released on May 1, and ceremonies will be dependent on size and location. Masking, contact tracing and other safety measures will be enforced. Organizers of large-scale events must contact health officials ahead of time. New York's overall COVID positivity rate stands at 3.75%.

 

FEMA Offering Funeral Assistance Grants
FEMA has begun processing applications for funeral assistance, helping ease some of the financial stress created by the COVID-19 pandemic. FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. To be eligible for funeral assistance, the death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.

 

Bath Man Arrested for Petit Larceny
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 33-year-old William L. Newton of State Route 415 in Bath. The arrest comes after investigation into a stolen bicycle and trespass complaint. Newton was arrested for petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. Newton was transported to Steuben County Jail for centralized arraignment. 

 

Bath Pair Face Petit Larceny Charges
Two Bath residents face criminal charges after state police investigated a building larceny complaint in the town of Urbana. Troopers arrested 34-year-old Tasha Pruden and 33-year-old William Newton. Each was charged with petit larceny. Court appearances are pending.

 

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