Chemung County Executive: No local mask mandate at this time, holiday COVID surge expected

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) — Chemung County Executive Chris Moss says the county will not be implementing a COVID-19 mask mandate coming out of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The mask mandate in place for county buildings will remain in place until further notice.

Following the four-day Thanksgiving weekend Chemung County reported 190 new cases and 494 active cases of COVID-19. Moss says the county is watching their 9.12 percent positive test average, which has ticked up recently and the county is anticipating a holiday surge in cases.

The county added 13 deaths in one day last week due to a data error regarding people who had died from COVID-19 while at home during the course of the pandemic.

During the fall months of 2020 there were 29 COVID-19 deaths but during the fall months this year there were about 40 deaths in Chemung County.

As of Monday, 51.39 percent of Chemung County residents received the COVID-19 vaccine. Public Health Director Pete Buzzetti says the county is not seeing a large amount of 5-11 year olds coming in to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

On Monday, Arnot Ogden Hospital reported no acute care beds were available and two ICU beds were open.

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