Evening News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on January 27, 2021
The yellow and orange zones in upstate New York are now canceled according to Governor Cuomo in a press release today. That means that restrictions that were specific to the zones are now lifted. Cuomo cites a decrease in covid transmission as the reason for the lift. New York only has 4 yellow zones now, all of them downstate with Long Island having the highest positivity rate.
The Genesee Orleans Counties Health department has announced that high and moderate risk sports may proceed in Genesee county and Orleans county. This allows non-professional and non-collegiate sports, such as wrestling, ice hockey, basketball, contact lacrosse, and volleyball, to proceed with individual and group training, competitions, and tournaments, effective February 1. There are restrictions, go to the NY Forward site to read all the details.
The USDA has suspended all past due debt collections and foreclosures for borrowers under the farm storage facility loan and direct farm loan programs. The Farm Service Agency asks farmers who have these loans out to contact them for more information about the temporary suspension.
Rochester Regional health has put out a statement that it is vaccinating as many people as possible against COVID 19. So far RGH has vaccinated over 15000 staff and 3500 community members.
Nationwide Insurance is teaming up with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, KC Supply and others to award emergency first responders with grain rescue tubes and hands-on rescue training to help save lives. Grain bins can be very dangerous for farmers as grain tends to suck a person who falls into it down and trap them. Special equipment and training is required for the rural firefighters who are often the only help the farmers have. Fire Departments can enter a contest to get a free grain rescue tube and training. To see how to enter check out our news partner the Batavian.
Till close today Applebees is helping St Paul’s Lutheran School with a carryout for a Cause fundraiser. Use code “doingood” all one word when you order online till 10pm tonight and the school will get 10 percent of your total bill as a donation.