Lewis County manager: ‘Big events are a very selfish idea right now’

Updated: Oct. 28, 2020 at 5:54 PM EDT
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LOWVILLE, N.Y. (WWNY) - Lewis County Manager Ryan Piche says the cluster of COVID-19 cases in the county still isn’t contained, but the growth is slowing.

Piche held a news conference Wednesday, announcing the county has 7 new cases to report and that it’s not the double-digit increases the county was seeing last week.

However, he made it clear that the county is not out of the woods.

Piche says the community is at risk of sliding into one of the state’s orange or red zones, which would mean schools and businesses would be shut down again or if large events continue to happen.

“Big events are a very selfish idea right now. Very selfish. To reiterate, we’ve got kids that aren’t going to receive in-person instruction because of where we stand right now. Anything that exacerbates that situation is a very selfish act,” he said.

County Legislator Ian Gilbert was part of the news conference by video from home. He is one of the 800 people in the county quarantined because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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