ONEIDA COUNTY N.Y. ---Coronavirus cases reached a new high this week. Oneida county reporting 153 new cases across the county since Monday. Local leaders are now worried another shutdown could come if the virus isn't controlled. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente weighed in the latest spike Wednesday Evening.
"We're seeing events taking place. Large gathering weddings, that shouldn't be taking place. Halloween parties, we just got through with that last week. We have to get back in that mode that got us those low numbers and it can be done. And people in this community can do it, we've shown that," said Picente.
It's not just Oneida County that's seeing the spikes. Towards the West, Onondaga County recorded the highest number of cases ever.
"It's not just us and we're seeing it because people are letting their guard down. I know Ryan today in his briefing said that very thing. If this doesn't slow down and drop, We're going to have to shut things down again," said Picente.
Picente said fines may also be imposed on those who violate the COVID restrictions.
"We have not inflicted any fines on individuals, but that may come," said Picente.
The County Executive is scheduled to have another briefing on the COVID pandemic on Monday.