ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR/WETM) — On Wednesday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that portions of Chemung County will be designated an “orange zone” with a “yellow zone buffer.”
Additionally, a portion of Steuben County will be placed in a “yellow zone.”
Areas in the yellow zone must follow certain protocols:
- Non-essential gatherings are limited to 25 people or less
- Houses of worship can still meet at 50% of their maximum occupancy and must follow all other NYS guidelines
- Restaurants and taverns must limit group or party size to no more than 4 people
- Schools that are open for in-person learning are required to undergo mandatory weekly testing of 20% of students and staff
According to Steuben County, the following municipalities are in the yellow zone: City of Corning, Town of Addison, Town of Campbell, Town of Caton, Town of Erwin, Town of Hornby, Town of Lindley, Town of Tuscarora, Village of Addison, Village of Painted Post, Village of Riverside, Village of South Corning.
Over the past three weeks, Chemung County has been around a 5% infection rate, while Steuben County has been around 4%.
The map in Chemung County puts Elmira, Elmira Heights, West Elmira, Horseheads, and a portion of Breesport in the orange zone. Pine City and the Arnot Mall appear in the yellow zone.
This means new restrictions for schools and business in the towns located within the colored section of the map provided by the Governor.
Cuomo also said that many microclusters have been popping up around the New York-Pennsylvania border. While these cases seem to be community spread, the state is still looking into whether there have been any large-scale events or gatherings where these positive COVID-19 cases could have come from.
On Wednesday, Cuomo announced an adjustment on restrictions for the microcluster areas, or red zones:
- To exit a red zone, the infection rate must be under 3% after 10 days, or 4% in less populated areas.
- To exit a yellow zone, the infection rate must be under 2% after 10 days, or 3% in less populated areas.
- To exit an orange zone, the infection rate must be under 1.5% after 10 days, or 2% in less populated areas.
Other considerations to lift restrictions will include local government enforcement and compliance and hospitalizations in the areas.
Below is a recap of the daily numbers in New York State:
Click below to watch Cuomo’s entire briefing: