Tuesday, March 23, 2021


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4 pm Tuesday:
News Briefs

LE ROY — A bright fireball seen early Sunday morning over the town was caused by an asteroid fragment entering Earth’s atmosphere, according to NASA. The fireball was seen by numerous area residents — and way beyond — about 12:30 a.m. Sightings were reported in places including New Hampshire, Michigan, New Hampshire and North Carolina. The asteroid fragment’s orbit and brightness indicate it weighed 7 pounds and was about 5 inches in diameter, according to NASA. It traveled about 38 miles through the atmosphere before breaking up about 28 miles over the Pennsylvania town of Newburg, about 50 miles west of Harrisburg. The fragment was traveling about 51,000 mph at the time, according to NASA. The sighting is one of several to occur over the GLOW region’s night skies over the past month. Tim Cline of East Bethany was on his way to work at the Wyoming County Correctional Facility on March 14 when he observed and photographed a bright light in the sky. It’s believed the light was a SpaceX rocket launch.



BATAVIA — A small group of local residents gathered outside the gates of the VA Western New York Healthcare System (VA WNYHS) protesting the VA’s policy that didn’t allow the public to visit family members living at the facility. That afternoon, a VA WNY official told The Daily News the system is re-establishing scheduled visits based on “recently revised” Veteran Health Affairs and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for Community Living Centers. Mike Woolley and Tracy Matheis of Gainesville said they were there Monday morning because they weren’t allowed to visit their brother, Scott Woolley, an Air Force veteran who has been at the VA Medical Center for over a year. “We haven’t seen him in 12 1/2 months, neither all the other veterans in there that served their country — they haven’t had visits in a year,” he said. “It’s time they open up the VA. They could bring them outside, have outside visits. They’ve been locked in their rooms like they’re prisoners for 12 months and it’s time that they did something about it. The VA should care about these guys enough to do what they can do and not just cover their own back ends.”

Courtesy of The Daily News

GENESEO — The number of active COVID-19 cases in Livingston County fell below 50 over the weekend. The decrease came as the overall number of active cases in the GLOW region also decreased to 193, compared to 206 on Saturday. A total of 61 new cases were reported and 72 recoveries. Wyoming County reported 18 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing its overall total to 2,266 community cases since the pandemic began, according to the Wyoming County Health Department. There was one new cases at state correctional facilities in Wyoming County. Those facilities have had a total of 510 cases. The cases at state correctional facilities are managed by the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and are not included in the Wyoming County total. In Wyoming County, 8,933 residents or 22.3 percent of county residents, have received at least one vaccine dose; 4,545 residents have completed the vaccine series. In Wyoming County, 8,933 residents or 22.3 percent of county residents, have received at least one vaccine dose; 4,545 residents have completed the vaccine series. The number of recoveries increased by nine, bringing the county’s total to 2,182. Wyoming County’s death total is being reported at 49 by county health officials. That is same number the state Department of Health is reporting.


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