Earlier today, Governor Cuomo announced Corning and the surrounding area have been designated as a yellow or precautionary zone under the State’s micro-cluster action initiative. Restrictions are being put in place within this targeted area to address COVID-19 hotspots that have been identified in our community.
Yellow Zone activity restrictions are as follows:
- Non-essential gatherings are limited to no more than 25 people
- Houses of worship are subject to a capacity limit of 50% of its maximum occupancy and shall adhere to Department of Health guidance
- Restaurants and taverns must limit any one seated group or party size to 4 people
- Schools shall adhere to applicable guidance issued by the Department of Health regarding mandatory testing of students and school personnel
The following municipalities have at least a portion or are entirely included within the yellow zone:
- City of Corning
- Town of Addison
- Town of Campbell
- Town of Caton
- Town of Corning
- 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
At this point, business impacts are limited to gathering sizes as outlined above but limits could be put in place if the rates continue to climb. The largest challenge faced under this designation will be to school districts who are now required to test 20% of the total population in the building. The current designation includes areas within the Corning Painted Post, Addison, and Campbell-Savona school districts which are assessing how to respond.
The State will review COVID data every 14 days and the cluster area must have an infection rate under 1.5% after 10 days or 2% in less populated areas for it to be removed.
With increased community spread, individuals and businesses are encouraged to follow the necessary guidelines to reduce the infection rate. Officials are encouraging residents to take extra precautions now to slow the spread and keep Steuben safe. Residents should also monitor themselves for COVID related symptoms including a fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and a new loss of taste or smell. If you or someone close to you experience any of these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider.
More details from the State can be found at https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-details-covid-19-micro-cluster-metrics?fbclid=IwAR2rJvhPJE-9qdy4XrTE76kfmEgsLpG1jxICKFTQJfhiDQbhGlc-uEjUWLw