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Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 16th, 2021

Mask Mandate Effective Tomorrow at County-Owned Buildings
Today, Steuben County Public Health officials announce a mask mandate effective tomorrow for all county-owned buildings, regardless of a person's vaccination status following the increased risk level of community transmission in Steuben to "substantial" under CDC guidelines. The new policy applies to all visitors of county offices and facilities. Steuben County Public Health is now also strongly urging all citizens to wear a mask while in indoor public settings.
For ongoing vaccination clinics and more COVID-a9 information, you can visit the Steuben County homepage at: https://steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=13959


51 More Cases of COVID Reported in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports 51 new COVID cases since Wednesday’s update while 11 more have recovered from the virus. Of the 51 cases, 13 were fully-vaccinated and one of those fully-vaccinated individuals has been hospitalized. With over 50 cases reported in a single week, Steuben County is now in the “substantial” level of transmission per CDC guidelines. Residents are highly encouraged to wear masks in indoor settings, even if they are vaccinated, due to the newly-reported “substantial” level and the Delta variant on the rise.
Check out the Health Department’s full update here: https://m.facebook.com/timeline/post/edits/?cid=3975121362600168


School Supply Giveaway Tuesday, August 24th
Free school supplies and backpacks will be given away next week on Tuesday, August 24th from 9 to 11:00 a.m. at Haverling School’s Vernon E. Wightman bus loop. It will be a drive-through giveaway with vehicles entering via the Middle School parking lot and loop past the District Office on route to the VEW bus loop. Backpacks will be stashed with supplies including crayons, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors, notebooks, filler paper, glue sticks and pencil pouches. Supplies are being donated by Kanpak.


All Healthcare Workers in NY Must Be Vaccinated by 9/27/21
Governor Cuomo announced today all healthcare workers in New York State must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday, September 27th. This mandate includes staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities (LTCF), including nursing homes, adult care, and other congregate care settings. The State Health Department will issue Section 16 Orders requiring all hospitals, LTCF, and nursing homes to develop and implement a policy mandating employee vaccinations, with limited exceptions for those with religious or medical reasons. Incoming governor Hochul said with new daily positives are up over 1000% over the last six weeks, and over 80 percent of recent positives in New York State are linked to the Delta variant, “We must now act again to stop the spread.” The Department of Health has also authorized a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for eligible New Yorkers with compromised immune systems after the completion of their two-dose vaccine series, effective immediately, following the CDC recommendation last week. Currently, 75-percent of the state’s hospital workers, 74-percent of the adult care facility workers, and 68% nursing home workers in New York have completed their vaccine series.


State Police Investigating Syracuse Bus Crash
New York State Police are continuing to investigate the rollover crash of a tour Bus on the Thruway west of Syracuse. More than 50 passengers were injured. 25 people were transported to Upstate Hospital after the crash. Another 27 people were taken to Auburn Community Hospital. Several other passengers were taken to Crouse Hospital. Troopers said injuries range from minor to serious. The bus departed Poughkeepsie and was headed to Niagara Falls. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.


Bath School Board of Education Meets Wednesday Evening
The Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will hold a Special Meeting on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the District Office. This Special Meeting is for the purpose of personnel appointments and other time-sensitive business items, if needed.


Campbell Man Arrested for Grand Larceny
State Police report the arrest of 31-year-old Cody Benjamin of Campbell. He was charged with felony fourth-degree grand larceny for an incident that was reported on July 26. He’ll appear in Town of Erwin court at a later date.


Allegany Schools Awarded Garden Grants by Whole Kids Foundation
Four Allegany County school districts were awarded garden grants from the Whole Kids Foundation. Alfred-Almond, Belfast, Cuba-Rushford, and Scio will each have $3,000 to improve upon their Farm to School programs in the upcoming year. Two other districts, Andover and Bolivar-Richburg, have also benefited from this grant in previous funding cycles.


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