Our Finger Lakes Region Ranks Highest in NY COVID-Positivity
According to Governor Hochul’s office, the Finger Lakes region reclaimed the highest state COVID-19 test positivity rate. The recent update says the Finger Lakes region, which includes Steuben and nine other counties, reported a positive test rate of 3.03%, with a 7-day rolling average of 3.31%. Friday, Steuben County Public Health reported 49 new cases of COVID-19 just a day after the previous day’s report of 150 new cases. Three cases were associated with Steuben Center nursing home. Public Health strongly advises everyone during this time of high spread to follow all precautions when in public, including wearing a mask indoors, socially distancing, staying home when feeling ill, getting tested with any symptoms or after an exposure, and getting vaccinated. County Public Health says they will release another COVID case update tomorrow.
Bath Man Arrested for Controlled Substance Charges
Village of Bath Police Department report the arrest of 23-year-old Bath man Dylan L. Smith for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Smith’s arrest stems from a Steuben County Superior Court Warrant that alleged the sale of narcotic drugs in the Village of Bath earlier this year. Smith was on New York State Parole for Burglary at the time of the drug arrest. He awaits an arraignment by a County Court Judge at the Steuben County Jail.
Residents Reminded to Watch for School Buses as Classes Resume
As classes return to session this week, residents are being reminded by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office to be sure to be safe on the roadway by leaving ourselves some extra time for our commutes as bus schedules and students resume their travel routines. Please also be aware of additional pedestrian traffic in crosswalks as school children resume their daily trek. There are many new sidewalks and crosswalks to be aware of, especially in Bath.
Labor Day Holiday Weekend DWI Crackdown Continues
State Troopers and local police departments continue to be out in full force for the final day of their annual STOP-DWI crackdown for the Labor Day holiday weekend. The enforcement effort includes sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols to reduce drunk and impaired driving.
FEMA Disaster-Preparedness Resources Available Through Apps
The flash flooding aftermath of Tropical Storm Fred on August 18th resulted in property and highway damages expected to reach the tens of millions of dollars in assessments. FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell said when it comes to having a conversation with family, neighbors and loved ones about what to do in the event of a disaster hitting the area,“Now is the Time...” She encourages residents to check out several of FEMA’s online resources such as Ready.gov/September, Ready.gov or Listo.gov, and provides local alerts and warnings from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide on its app, located at http://www.fema.gov. Steuben’s early warning app, Ready Steuben, is also available through both the Google Play and the Apple App stores. More information on “Prepare to Protect” will be posted each Sunday at:
https://www.facebook.com/SteubenCountyOES and https://www.facebook.com/1.Steuben
Strong Kids, Safe Kids Festival Cancelled
Organizers announced yesterday the Steuben Strong Kids Safe Kids Festival originally set for September 18th has been cancelled, citing the risk of spreading the COVID-19 Delta variant. The annual event focuses on events to promote the health and well-being of Children through grade 6.
For more information go to the Prevent Child Abuse Steuben Facebook page at