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Aug 1, 2020 |

Hundreds of jobs could be added in Genesee County. That’s according to a plan being pushed by Senator Chuck Schumer who was in the area Friday to discuss his 3-point plan. The first step is for leaders to pass the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. He says the legislation will keep the U.S. a leader in manufacturing semiconductors. The second step is to push for a $1 million Northern Border Regional Commission grant. Schumer says the funds are needed to finish work on a multi-million-dollar sewer project at the Western New York Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park, or STAMP. And, the Senator says he will push for the Department of Defense to consider STAMP as it looks to build new semiconductor labs in the U.S. Schumner says semiconductors are needed in the most advanced defense equipment, whether it’s communications…or planes or ships or anything. The National Defense Authorization Act has passed both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Schumer expects the bill to be signed in the next few months.

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases are out. The Health Department reports that Genesee County has one new case. This brings the total to 256 since the pandemic began. One person is hospitalized, and 23 new people are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states. There have been 191 recoveries. Livingston County has one new case of the disease, bringing the total to 162. There have been two additional recoveries, for a total of 151. Orleans County reports one new positive COVID-19 case for an overall total of 276. One person is hospitalized, and 12 new people are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states. There have been 120 recoveries. Wyoming County has one new case, with 107 overall. 72 are in precautionary quarantine after traveling out-of-state. The number of recoveries remains stable at 97.

New York State COVID-19 numbers continue to reach new lows. Governor Cuomo reports that hospitalizations dropped to 576 Thursday, while there were 140 ICU patients and 70 intubations. All were at new lows since mid March. There were also five COVID-19 related deaths. The Governor asks New Yorkers to continue practicing those good habits and closely follow state guidance.

Local school districts have released their 2020-21 Reopening Plans. The plans will be submitted to the New York State Education Department as required by the State Education Department. The proposals address a range of issues including health & safety, facilities, nutrition, transportation, social & emotional well-being, specialized instruction and more. Reopening Plans can be seen on each district’s website.

The US Census Bureau will begin going door-to-door next week. This is for those who haven’t already filled out the 2020 Census on their own. Officials say the self-response rate in New York State falls below the national average. The Census is important as it determines the number of members of Congress each state has for the next ten years; and determines how much federal funding each state will get over those next ten years – everything from health care, to education to transportation to Medicare and Medicaid. If you do not feel comfortable having a census worker at your door, you will receive a small note left at your door stating that you can easily fill out the census form online at 2020census.gov. There are also phone numbers that will be left for you if you have any questions.

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