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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday 27th, 2020

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that three additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday and brings the total to 260 confirmed cases.  The individuals are residents of the City of Hornell and the towns of Jasper and Hartsville. One individual is from a Hornell area nursing home while two are hospitalized outside the county, bringing the total number of current hospitalizations to 10. 

 

Steuben County deputies arrested 18-year-old Jacob N. Webber of Hammondsport after they responded to investigate a report of a person threatening another person with a knife at a Roosevelt Avenue home in Bath. It is alleged that Webber displayed a hunting type knife and threatened to kill another person with it. He was charged with Menacing in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree. He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court at the Steuben County Jail and released to appear in Bath Town Court at a later date.

 

Congressman Tom Reed thanked the Trump Administration for spearheading a deal between manufacturers and health providers to reduce the cost of insulin for the elderly population. The White House’s latest announcement says the deal ensures thousands of Medicare drug plans will now limit the cost of insulin copays to $35. Reed said seniors with diabetes can purchase insulin at a fair price without fear of impacting their financial livelihood.

 

In New York, the numbers are all down throughout the state, with 73 COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, the lowest since the early days of the crisis. Areas outside of the city have been allowed to initiate their reopening plans, but the five counties that make up New York City remain under tight restrictions. Governor Andrew Cuomo at yesterday's press briefing said certain parts of the city are still seeing high infection rates.

 

New York State told News 10 NBC of Rochester that it is in the process of going through a five-year updated of the State Department of Labor's unemployment system with help from Google. It was reported that the DOL's system is run with MS-DOS, or Microsoft Disk Operating system last updated 20 years ago and first released in 1981. In 2017, New York considered updating the system but did not and this year was flooded with requests and a total of $10 billion in unemployment benefits processed and thousands still reaching out to the DOL on social media and telephone to get assistance with filing their claims.

 

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced he would meet with President Trump to talk about ways the federal government can reboot the New York State economy. The meeting will focus on infrastructure projects in the state needing federal approval to help jumpstart the economy. 

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