New COVID-19 restrictions expected in Orange County

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GOSHEN – Orange County had 203 new positive cases of the coronavirus in one day, the largest number since early May, and three areas are expected to have tougher restrictions imposed to curb the spread.

The cities of Newburgh and Middletown and the Town of New Windsor are anticipated to be classified by the state as “yellow” focus, said County Executive Steven Neuhaus.

“The yellow zone, houses of worship have to go to 50 percent, mass gatherings would be impacted on that. Businesses would still be open, which is good – we care about that. Dining, the tables would be reduced to a maximum of four, and schools would remain open, but they would have a new regimen of testing required,” he said.

One person has died, bringing Orange County’s total number of COVID-19-related fatalities to 514.