Sheriff warns of ‘very dire consequences’ as he issues travel restriction advisory

WWNY Sheriff warns of ‘very dire consequences’ as he issues travel restriction advisory

CANTON, N.Y. (WWNY) - St. Lawrence County Sheriff Brooks Bigwarfe has issued a travel restriction advisory due to COVID-19. It’s all because the county has the most rapidly growing number of coronavirus cases in all of New York state.

"I would sincerely appreciate every citizens’ cooperation during this period in refraining from all non-essential travel," he said in a news release. "We are at a very critical juncture in the fight against COVID-19 and the models that I have been provided warn of very dire consequences if we do not limit non-essential gatherings and non-essential travel."

The model the sheriff referred to was presented Monday night to the county Board of Legislators by Dr. Andrew Williams, president of the St. Lawrence County Board of Health.

“St. Lawrence County actually has the most rapidly growing coronavirus incidence in the entire state,” said Dr. Williams. “We double the number of cases every 2.5 to 3 days whereas New York City is currently doubling only every 6.5 days. So even though the number of cases is small, the rate of increase is very concerning.”

See Dr. Williams comments beginning at 35:37 in this YouTube video.

The sheriff advised county residents to stay home, practice social distancing, and follow all public health directives.

“Only travel if you are buying food, are traveling to or from a deemed essential occupation, or seeking medical attention,” she sheriff said in the release. “I take no pleasure in issuing such an advisory but please understand that this is for the safety and well-being of all county residents.”

He said the advisory is in effect until further notice.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the county issued a news release about the consequences of failing to follow social distancing guidelines. See the full release below.

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