Today's Top Stories - Wednesday May 5th, 2021

Steuben Legislature Proclaims May 6-12th “National Nurses Week”
Yesterday, the Steuben County Legislature declared the week of May 6 – 12th, as National Nurses’ Week in Steuben County. National Nurses’ Week begins tomorrow and legislators urge all residents of Steuben County to help celebrate and recognize our nurses as an expression of our gratitude for all they do to keep our community healthy and safe.


Wegmans May Not Bring Back Self-Serve Food Bars
After Wegman’s shut down their self-serve hot and cold food bars due to the pandemic, customers may not be able help themselves to self-serve food again. Though the New York State Department of Health announced new guidelines following a drop in cases and rise in vaccinations, self-serve bars were not included but buffets were-under the condition they are staffed to serve customers. According to the Star Gazette, Wegmans does not plan on bringing self-serve bars back in the traditional, packaged way. For customers who must have a fresher option, they can order curbside pick-up or delivery through the Wegmans app.


NY Offers Free Public Health Training Course
A free citizen public health training program opens today offered by New York State in an effort to better-prepare residents for future public health emergencies. The online course consists of four-parts and made possible by the New York State Department of Health and Cornell University. According to the governor's office, "participants will learn about COVID-19, public health emergency preparedness and response, and other public health issues” and says the course will provide insight into information and resources for citizens to benefit their communities to be better prepared for the next pandemic. Information on how to sign up can be found here.


Steuben Health Dept. Reports 5 More COVID Deaths
Upon review of recent death certificate data, the Steuben County Public Health Department is reporting the deaths of five individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 and had COVID listed as a cause of death on their death certificates.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 182.  The victims include an 81-year-old woman who lived at Absolut Care Three Rivers; and 89-year-old city of Hornell woman; an 86-year-old man from Bath; a 75-year-old male resident of the Fred & Harriett Taylor Health Center and an 87-year-old female resident of the Fred & Harriett Taylor Health Center.


Sheldon Silver Released from Federal Prison
Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been released from a federal prison on furlough, while he awaits potential placement to home confinement. That's according to The Associated Press. Silver was serving his more than six-year sentence at a federal prison in Otisville, New York, in a corruption case. The 77-year-old began serving his sentence in August after years of fending off going behind bars. He has a projected release date from federal custody in 2026.


12 More Residents Test Positive for COVID
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 12 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,595 confirmed cases, 141 of which are currently active.


Wayland Woman Arrested in Nunda Traffic Stop
Livingston County deputies have leveled felony and other counts against a Steuben woman. During a traffic stop in Nunda, deputies arrested 20-year-old Amya R. Kinney from Wayland. According to a press release she was allegedly in possession of approximately four point one (4.1) grams of suspected methamphetamine as well as a quantity of concentrated cannabis. Kinney was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree related to the meth. She was arraigned and released. 


PA Lifting Pandemic Business Restrictions Memorial Day
Pennsylvania will lift COVID-19 restrictions on businesses on Memorial Day. The Wolf administration also said the state’s order on wearing masks in public will end when the state hits the target of 70% of residents 18 and older are vaccinated. Right now, just over 50% of eligible Pennsylvanians have been at least partially vaccinated. The Wolf administration said the state’s lifting of restrictions doesn’t prohibit municipalities or school districts from continuing with their own more aggressive measures if they desire to do so.


NY Vaccination Rate Increases, Infection Rate Drops
The New York vaccination rate is increasing as COVID-19 infections are decreasing. However, Governor Cuomo says it is not a time for New Yorkers to let their guards down. On Tuesday in New York, nearly 2,200 new COVID cases were confirmed with 264 more people admitted to hospitals statewide. The governor says…while the light at the end of the tunnel has never been brighter, this war isn’t over.


Corning Inc. Gives $25K to American Red Cross of Western NY
The American Red Cross of Western New York is proud to announce the organization is the recent recipient of a $25,000 gift from the Corning Incorporated Foundation. This generous gift continues the Foundation’s longtime support of the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies within Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties. It comes as part of the organization’s Sound the Alarm/Homes Made Safer campaign which seeks to educate more than 100,000 nationwide on home fire safety prevention efforts.


Allegany Health Dept. Reports Small Rise in COVID Cases
The Allegany County Department of health says it is seeing a small increase of COVID positive cases. Officials report 50 new positive COVID cases between Friday and Tuesday. They are also seeing an increase in positive cases in a younger population including cases severe enough to be hospitalized. As COVID-19 moves into the second year, officials say we all must remain diligent and continue to wear a mask, social distance, wash hands often, and get a COVID-19 vaccine.

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