3.19.2020 Schenectady County Community Update: Coronavirus

Schenectady County COVID-19 Update

Schenectady County urges residents to:

Call Before You Go

Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) urges the community to “call before you go.” If you are concerned that you may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or feel that you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your primary care provider first. For anyone feeling more severely ill, particularly, with trouble breathing, the key is to seek medical care without delay, but always with a call before you go.

SCPHS Communicable Disease Department Hotline: (518) 386-2824, option 4.

New York State has also established a COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-364-3065.

Residents who have business with a County department should call that department before visiting. The department will evaluate whether an in-person visit is required at that time, or whether there is an alternate solution.

Governor Cuomo strongly advises only essential services and businesses stay open after 8pm. These include: groceries, gas stations, pharmacies and medical facilities.

Update on Schenectady County Services and Facilities:

Schenectady County Clerk

The following changes in services are effective Friday, March 20, 2020:

Recording Office

  • All services will be limited to essential and/or time-sensitive business only.
  • Until further notice, the following in-person services will be suspended:
    • Passports;
    • Business Certificates;
    • Notary Public & Apostille Services; and
    • Copies and certified copies of documents.
  • Access to Searching Records will be available by appointment only.
  • Documents can be submitted via:
    • eRecording;
    • Mail, to Schenectady County Clerk, 620 State Street, Schenectady NY 12350;
    • Emergency court filing will be completed in-person, please call ahead for court filing availability; and
    • Hand-delivered documents are to be dropped-off for recording and filing. Customers will not be allowed to wait for processing. Receipts and copies will be returned via USPS.
  • Copy requests can be made in writing via USPS to above address.


  • Social distancing measures will be in effect, limiting waiting room occupancy.
  • All services will be limited to essential and/or time-sensitive business only.
  • Until further notice, the following transactions will be suspended:
    • Permit testing;
    • In-person registration renewals – please process online or via mail/drop box;
    • In-person license duplicates – please process online or via mail/drop box;
    • In-person title duplicates – please process online or via mail/drop box;
    • In-person dealer registrations – see below;
    • In-person abstract processing – please process online or via mail/drop box; and
    • Please utilize the license plate drop box located on the side of the building to:
      • Surrender license plates; and
      • Submit transactions for processing. Please submit in an envelope with proper fee and contact information. Transactions will be returned via USPS.
  • Motor Vehicle Dealers: please drop processing packets at the front door with contact information. You will be notified by phone when transactions are ready to be picked-up.

The information above is subject to change with little or no advance notice. For the most up-to-date information, contact the County Clerk’s Office at (518) 388-4220 or the NYS DMV website at www.dmv.ny.gov. If your transaction is not of vital importance and you do not need to leave your home, we ask that you don’t.

Senior Meal Sites

Schenectady County Friendship Cafes that provide noontime lunch meals at the Glenville Senior Center on Worden Road, Jewish Community Center on Balltown Road, Our Lady of Fatima Church in Delanson and the Ten Eyck Apartment Building in Schenectady will be closed starting Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

For current congregate meal participants who have no other viable alternative to obtain or prepare a meal, meals will continue to be delivered and distributed at the Ten Eyck Apartment Building, 375 Broadway, in Schenectady.

The Home Delivered Meal program (Meals on Wheels) will deliver a hot meal through Friday, March 20, 2020 to current recipients. Starting Monday, March 23, 2020 the delivery schedule will change to Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and will provide a shelf-stable and frozen meal, also to current recipients.

Schenectady County Recreational Facility

The Schenectady County Recreational Facility (ice rink) is closed, effective immediately.

Schenectady County Public Library System

All County libraries are closed to the public for two weeks, starting on March 15, 2020. Library materials that are due during the next two weeks do not need to be returned and fines for these materials will be waived. At the same time, the Karen B. Johnson (Main) Library has staff answering the phone to provide information services during normal operating hours of that location (Sundays 1pm to 5 pm and Monday – Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday – Saturday 9am to 5pm).

Information Desk: (518) 388-4511

Children’s Desk: (518) 388-4540

Circulation Department: (518) 388-4538

Check the library website at www.scpl.org and follow @SCPLNY on Facebook for additional updates.

Schenectady County Jail

Visitation has been suspended at the County Jail, effective immediately.

Glendale Home

Visitation has been suspended at the County’s Glendale Home, effective March 11, 2020.

What You Can Do

In an effort to reduce the risk of infection and slow the spread of COVID-19, residents are urged to take the following precautions, from the NYS Department of Health:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating. If not available, use hand sanitizer with minimum 60 percent alcohol content;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Stay home when you are sick;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If not available, sneeze or cough into your elbow; and
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Stay Up-To-Date

For important information and the latest updates, follow @SchenectadyCounty on Facebook, @SchdyCountyNY on Twitter, and visit the SCPHS website: www.schenenectadycounty.com/publichealth.



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