Midday News Brief

Written by on March 5, 2021

Fire of undetermined cause destroyed a barn on Starowitz Road.
Flame were reported around 10 last night at Star Growers and brought multiple fire companies to the scene.
Elba Fire Chief Mike Healy directed firefighting

PHOTO: Elba Fire Chief Mike Healy

There was equipment inside the barn but no livestock. A dollar estimate of damage was not available. No injuries reported.

In an effort to get schools closer to normal Assemblyman Steve Hawley is asking the State Health Department and the Governor to allow a three-foot distance between students.
Right now, the rule requires a six-foot distance for in-school learning.
Hawley says that in many ways, remote, on-line learning is harmful to young students.

Genesee County reports 16 new cases of COVID-19. Twelve of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been removed from the isolation list. Four of the current positive individuals are hospitalized. In Orleans County, officials report five new positive cases with two people hospitalized. Wyoming County also reports five new COVID cases.

That new state run mass COVID vaccination site opened today at Genesee Community College.
The site has 35-hundred doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to distribute between now and Tuesday.
Health officials say that although all appointments were filled in the first 90-minutes of the website going live, you should keep checking because cancellations do occur.

Call:  1-833-697-4829 or Check this website HERE

State lawmakers could vote today on a measure that would strip Governor Cuomo of his COVID-19 emergency powers. In the early days of the pandemic, the governor was granted the authority to make important health and safety decisions without getting approval from the legislature. Since then, he’s put several orders in place including a mask mandate and has also played large role in deciding what businesses should be open


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