Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced updated COVID-19 micro-cluster focus zone designations on Wednesday. Based on data metrics, the existing Yellow Zone in Broome County will be removed, said Cuomo. Changes to the zone will be effective Friday for business restrictions and Monday for school closures.
Yellow Zone designation remains in effect for the Waverly area zip code in western Tioga County. The latest postitivity rates for COVID-19 testing was 6.9 percent on Tuesday and 7.14 percent on Monday. The seven-day average for the Waverly zone is 8.39 percent. A sustained rate of 4 percent or lower is required to be removed from the Yellow Zone list. The positivity rate for the Yellow Zone in Chemung County was 5.71 percent on Tuesday.
Despite these high rates in three neighboring counties, the percentage of positive tests in the entire eight counties of the Southern Tier region — Tioga, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Steuben, Tomkins and Schuyler — is the lowest in New York State — 3.5 percent over the past three says. The second lowest region is the North Country region — 5.9 percent.
Cuomo noted the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state’s Micro-Cluster strategy is 4.73 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 3.10 percent.