BREAKING: COVID-19 “Orange” starts overnight Thursday for micro-cluster zones in Chemung County

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM-TV) – A timeline has been announced late Thursday on when “orange” & “yellow” restrictions would go into effect in Chemung County. The County Executive issued the following release.


ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – Chemung County Executive Chris Moss held a press conference on Wednesday after Governor Cuomo designated portions of Chemung County as “orange” and “yellow” zones.

The Elmira City School District, Elmira Heights Central School District and Horseheads Central School District will be moving to remote learning. The exact timing of that is not set in stone, according to Moss.

Notre Dame High School is also affected by the micro-cluster restrictions and will move to remote learning starting Monday.

There is no exact timeline as to when schools or businesses will have to shutdown.

Over the past three weeks, Chemung County has been around a 5% infection rate, while Steuben County has been around 4%.

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Being placed in an orange zone means that schools will have to go to remote learning and certain businesses will be shutdown.

A break down of the Orange zone:
-Schools will now become fully remote
-Dining only outdoor with a maximum of 4 people per table
-The closing of high-risk non-essential businesses such as gyms and barbershops
-Gatherings now a max of 10 people
-Places of worship will now be reduced to 25 people at a maximum.

County Executive Moss’ full press conference can be watched below:

This is a developing story and 18 News will have more information as it becomes available.

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