Today's Top Stories - Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

Normal Temps & Precipitation for End of July-Early August Forecasted
After our area experienced a July with above average temperatures and heavy precipitation, we could be getting a break these next couple weeks. The end of July and beginning of August is forecasted to have near and below normal temperatures through the end of the month according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo. Also predicted is normal precipitation.


Ride for Wishes This Weekend in Canisteo
The annual Ride for Wishes family event is coming to Canisteo. Reinbold Horsemanship launches their first giddy-up and give-back event this weekend from Saturday July 24th to Sunday July 25th with proceeds going to Canines for Disabled Kids. Canines for Disabled Kids helps children become independent through the use of service dogs . Ride for Wishes will have horses, cattle, barrels, trail rides, and an obstacle course. You do not need a horse to join in on the fun and watch the competitions.


Hundreds of NY EMTS Still Await Certification During EMT Shortage
EMTs in New York are waiting for their certification during statewide shortage of ambulance service workers. People who wanted to be certified during the pandemic could take one of two tests (a state or national exam) under the emergency order. In June, the emergency order was lifted, causing hundreds who passed the national exam wait for certification. Ambulance services report an increase in call volume as people are more active since the pandemic has ended. Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh has urged health officials the state needs to fix the problem by allowing EMTs to be certified under both tests.


County Public Health Relocates Weekly COVID Vaccine Clinics
The Steuben County Public Health Department is relocating their weekly COVID vaccine clinics from the Hornell Community Arts Center and the Civil Defense Training Center to the Public Health office at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath starting next Friday, July 30th.  COVID vaccines will be offered at the office location on Fridays from 10 AM to 2 PM, with clinics currently scheduled for July 30, August 6 and August 13. Additional office clinics will be scheduled as interest warrants. Participants will have their choice of receiving any of the authorized vaccines.  Public Health Director Darlene Smith says "With the new school year around the corner and the delta variant spreading, vaccines are the best protection against serious illness and death related to COVID.  Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in New York can attend the clinics to be vaccinated.  Participants can register for their appointment on Public Health's website or call the office.   All vaccines are completely free to participants, and free transportation to clinics is also available through 211. All clinic attendees must wear appropriate face coverings and will be expected to wait 15-30 minutes after vaccination for observation.  Attendees should wear short sleeves or appropriate clothing for vaccination.


New York State Fallen Below Federal EB Rate
New York State has fallen below the rate established by the Federal government in order for the state to qualify for the highest level of Federal Extended Benefits (EB). Effective August 9, EB will be available for a maximum of 13 weeks.


State COVID Positivity Rate Rises to 1.75%
38 more people have been admitted to a New York hospital with COVID-related symptoms. 11 more have been sent to the ICU. The COVID-19 positivity rate has risen to 1.75%. Five more deaths have also been reported. In the Southern Tier Region, the rate has jumped to 0.79% while in WNY, the rate has grown to 1.56%. Steuben County reports three new cases.

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