While recent data as early appearing to show a leveling off of new COVID-19 cases in the North Country, local health officials say 14 people tested positive following several parties in the Plattsburgh area.
Officials are warning people to adhere to social distancing guidelines, including wearing masks.
“This is the case in point that requires me to implore our public, young, middle aged, seniors, that we all must maintain continued vigilance and self discipline, very important words,” said John Kanoza, Clinton County Director of Public Health.” We must not become complacent.”
And with Memorial Day Weekend ahead, Clinton County Sheriff David Favro says now is not the time to back off health and safety recommendations.
“We don’t want to fall in to that temptation and giving it all up now. The last thing any of us want to do is start over again,” he said. “All of us need to stand up to the challenge, and also implore your friends and colleagues that are with you, if they’re not donning a mask to go into a store, ask them why not. Have them provide a mask, assist them in providing a mask, they’re everywhere.
The sheriff says in most cases there will be no penalty for not abiding to the guidelines. However, he said, criminal charges are possible in extreme cases of negligence.