Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

12 More COVID Cases in Steuben
Today, the Steuben County Public Health Department reports a dozen Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday's update. This brings the total to 6,904 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. 59 cases are currently active. 3 are from the Bath area while 3 are from the Corning area. 1 case was reported from the City of Hornell and 1 from the Town of Howard. 


Red Cross and ACS Encourage Giving Blood This Month
The American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society have teamed up this month to encourage people across the region to Give Blood to Give Time and help ensure loved ones have the strength and support they need as they undergo cancer treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, many patient visits and procedures were forced to delay or cancel early in the pandemic to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Bath United Centenary Methodist Church will be having a blood drive Wednesday June 16th from 12:30-5:30pm. To donate blood, call 1-800-RED-CROSS. 


Bath & Wayland County Landfills Hold Tire Dollar Days Next Week
The Steuben County Landfills in both Bath and Wayland will be holding their annual Tire Dollar Days next week from Monday, June 7th- Friday, June 11th. You may turn in old tires to be recycled by the landfill for only $1 each. For questions and more information about Tire Dollar Days you can call (607) 776-5876.


Highest Memorial Day Gas Prices Reported in US Since 2014
This year, gas prices were the highest they have been on Memorial Day since 2014 with the national average per gallon currently just under $3.05 - that’s 15 cents more than last month and over $1 more than the same time last year. California’s current average price per gallon is a whopping $4 per gallon. In 2008, the average price per gallon was $3.96.


NY Lifts Pandemic Curfew for Bars & Restaurants
After being in effect for months, New York state's pandemic mandate requiring all bars and restaurants to close at midnight was lifted for indoor dining yesterday-2 weeks after the mandate for outdoor dining was lifted on May 17th. The curfew was first implemented in November of last year and initially set for 10 p.m. In February it was extended to 11 p.m and midnight in March.


Reed Joins Push for More Funding for Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Congressman Tom Reed has joined with over 100 members of Congress in a bipartisan letter to push for more funding for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The program aims to help restaurants and other impacted businesses keep their doors open throughout the pandemic. In a statement, Reed said while he did not support the American Rescue Plan Act, this program is critical to small businesses and restaurants across the district. Providing more funding to this program will deliver significant benefits to our local businesses and help keep them open as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.


Vets with PTSD, TBI Will Now Qualify for NYS Benefits
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation allowing veterans to qualify for state benefits after a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a traumatic brain injury or disclosure of military sexual trauma from any person licensed to provide health care services in New York State. Previously, veterans had to be diagnosed by a provider at the Department of Veteran Affairs. This legislation removes barriers from access to care for those who have given so much for our freedom. 


Romulus Approved as Site of NY’s First State Veterans Cemetery
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus, Seneca County, has been chosen by a State-appointed committee as the site of New York’s first State Veterans Cemetery. This decision brings New York one step closer to establishing a permanent, State-owned resting place to honor New York’s veterans and their family members. Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery is situated on 162 acres along the eastern shore of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region. New York is one of only a few states nationwide that does not have a state veterans cemetery.


NY COVID Positivity Rate Drops to 0.67 Percent
New York Officials now say that the statewide 7-day average COVID positivity rate has dropped to 0.67 percent, a new low. It marks the eighth consecutive week of decline. Hospitalizations have also dipped to a new low… slightly more than 1,000…the lowest figure since October 24th.

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