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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

County COVID Vaccination Clinic at Alstom on Thursday
Steuben County Public Health Department partners with Alstom to hold COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Alstom in Hornell on Thursday, September 9th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.  The clinic will take place at 1 Transit Drive, Lot 3 in Hornell. Both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered at this clinic for anyone age 12 and older.  Registration is preferred at www.steubencony.org/covid<http://www.steubencony.org/covid>, but walk-ins will also be accepted.  

 

SUNY Students Must Be Vaccinated by September 27th
Students heading to campus at any SUNY school this semester must have the COVID-19 vaccine by September 27th, if they do not have an approved exemption from the vaccine, according to the New York State Department of Health. Though any of the 3 different brands of the vaccine will do, students will not have time to get the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines within the next two days so students must get the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Students who refuse the COVID vaccine are not guaranteed that they will get their money back. 

 

Finger Lakes Region Has Highest COVID-Positive Test Rate in NY
According to Governor Hochul’s office, the Finger Lakes region reclaimed the highest state COVID-19 test positivity rate. The recent update says the Finger Lakes region, which includes Steuben and nine other counties, reported a positive test rate of 3.03%, with a 7-day rolling average of 3.31% Health experts fear a spike in COVID-19 cases following this holiday weekend.

 

Residents Reminded to Watch for School Buses as Classes Resume

As classes return to session this week, residents are being reminded by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office to be sure to be safe on the roadway by leaving ourselves some extra time for our commutes as bus schedules and students resume their travel routines. Please also be aware of additional pedestrian traffic in crosswalks as school children resume their daily trek. There are many new sidewalks and crosswalks to be aware of, especially in Bath.

 

Trooper Injured at Elmira Shootout Last Week Identified
After last week’s shootout in Elmira on August 27th at Eldridge Park and Woodlawn Cemetery, the New York State Trooper that was injured has been identified as Trooper Taylor McCarthy based out of the Horseheads State Police barracks. McCarthy was injured after suffering an impalement to the leg climbing a wrought iron fence while pursuing 53-year-old David Wandell, who was shot and killed by police in Woodlawn Cemetery. The chase began at about 11:32 a.m. on Friday, August 27th after Elmira Police responded to a report of a wanted person in Eldridge Park from a New York BCI Investigator.

 

Strong Kids, Safe Kids Festival Cancelled

Organizers announced the Steuben Strong Kids Safe Kids Festival originally set for next weekend on September 18th has been cancelled, citing the risk of spreading the COVID-19 Delta variant. The annual event focuses on events to promote the health and well-being of Children through grade 6.

For more information go to the Prevent Child Abuse Steuben Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/Prevent-Child-Abuse-Steuben-402939566765576

 

HERO Act Requires Airborne Disease Safety Plans from Employers

New York’s recently-passed HERO Act has designated COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease while requiring employers to implement workplace safety plans in the event of an airborne infectious disease. The legislation also protects employees from retaliation from their employer in the event a complaint is made about an employer’s failure to comply with the law. Governor Hochul’s office says employers may adopt a plan crafted by New York State’s Department of Labor, or create their own, so long as it abides  by HERO Act standards. The governor also said the designation “will ensure protections are in place to keep workers safe and support our efforts to combat the virus” while promoting health and safety.

 

VA Organizing Flag Observance of 9/11 on 20th Anniversary
To honor the lives lost and impacted by the September 11th attacks 20 years ago, the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System is hosting a region-wide effort, where they have called on community members to fly the American Flag this Saturday, September 11th. Employees from the State Department of Transportation will line State Route 415 and 352 between Bath National Cemetery and Woodlawn National Cemeteries. Police, fire departments, churches, community organizations, and businesses are being asked to join the memorial by hanging their flags, ringing their bells, and sounding their sirens at 10:03 a.m. to commemorate the time of the last plane crash on September 11th, 2001.

Those interested in participating in the Flag Line contact Linda.Conway@redcross.org or call (607) 769-6552 to sign up.

 

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