Today's Top Stories - Thursday March 11th, 2021

Bath PD Seeks Non-Profits for Community Service Workers
Bath Police Department are seeking not-for-profit businesses that would take on Saturday and Sunday court-assigned community service workers in the Village of Bath. Agencies must be willing to supervise and verify hours to the Village of Bath Court.


11 More COVID Cases Reported in Steuben
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 11 more Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 5,657 confirmed cases, 114 of which are currently active.


Prevent Child Abuse Steuben Seeking Award Nominees
Prevent Child Abuse Steuben seeks nominations of an individual, program or organization that significantly contributed to the prevention of child abuse in the county for its annual Child Abuse Prevention Recognition Award. Nominations are welcome from schools, government agencies, community organizations, private practitioners, churches, and other concerned individuals or groups.  The deadline for nominations is Apr. 1. The awardee will be recognized by the county Legislature in late April, as a part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. For nomination forms or more information visit the county webpage at www.steubencony.org/youth, contact Bill Caudill, Youth Bureau Director at (607) 664-2119, or ask any task force member.


DEC Begins Burn Ban Tuesday March 16th
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced a statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning beginning Monday March 16th and running through May 14th. DEC reminds residents that conditions for wildfires are heightened in springtime when most wildfires occur. Open burning of debris is the largest single cause of spring wildfires in New York State. Since the burn ban was established in 2009, the eight-year annual average number of spring fires decreased by 42.6 percent, from 2,649 in 2009, to 1,521 in 2018.


NY Announces Domestic Travelers No Longer Required to Quarantine
New York state announced domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. State or Territory starting April 1st. The NYS Department of Health will not require but will still highly recommend quarantine after domestic travel as an added precaution. Mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travelers. All travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form and should continue strict adherence to all safety guidelines to stop the spread – wearing masks, socially distancing and avoiding gatherings.


COVID Relief Bill Promises $1400 Checks, Bigger Child Credit
In addition to $1,400 stimulus checks, the latest federal $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill includes a boost to a child tax credit which has historically been $2,000 per child but is now $3,600 per child. The COVID relief bill allows for payments to begin going out to families as opposed to waiting until next year’s tax return to receive the money. Individual filers who make less than $75,000 and couples earning less than $150,000 annually will receive this benefit. The IRS has said nothing about how or when they will administer the money but some say that the payments could begin this summer. More details are expected in the next couple weeks.


Top NY Democrats Demand in Letter Cuomo Resign
Almost 60 Democratic lawmakers are demanding the resignation of Governor Cuomo in a letter released today following an allegation that he groped an aide at the Executive Mansion last year. Top State Assembly Democrat Carl Heastie says he will meet with members in conference today on “potential paths forward” after numerous allegations. The New York Assembly has the power to impeach the Governor, who has faced 6 different allegations of sexual harassment. Cuomo denies any misconduct and has said he won't resign.


State COVID Positivity Rate at 3.16%
New York State still have nearly 4,800 people hospitalized for COVID…with another 999 patients in an intensive Care Unit. As of Wednesday, the statewide positivity rate was 3.16%. 58 COVID-19 deaths were reported in NY on Wednesday. The Southern Tier reports 89 COVID patients in area hospitals.


Audit Finds Health Care Providers Not Using Fines for Patient Safety
Scolding words from a state leader…The NY State Department of Health (DOH) has failed to hold accountable certain health care providers including hospitals, nursing homes and individual nurses, for patient safety violations and use its power under the law to impose stronger fines. Additionally, DOH does not ensure amounts collected are directed to increase patient safety, as required…that’s all according to an audit just released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. In a statement, the Comptroller said… “Lisa’s Law was created to make health care in New York safer and give patients the knowledge they need to make informed decisions. Too often, however, it gives negligent health care providers a slap on the wrist by not issuing financial penalties that can act as a deterrent against future incidents and help fund improvements in patient safety. DOH needs to do better.”


Your Health Partners Gets $50 Million Addiction Services Award
Officials have announced the award of up to $50.7 million to providers throughout New York State to expand access to addiction services. The majority of this funding will go towards regional networks designed to support a continuum of care that includes prevention, treatment and recovery. $2.1 million is earmarked for Your Health Partners Collaborative which serves Steuben and four other counties.

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