Schenectady County Announces Public Health Preparations for COVID-19

Legislators want residents to know that the County is prepared in the event coronavirus spreads to Schenectady County. The County has a plan in place for pandemics, which is updated every two years.

In February, Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) developed a plan specifically for COVID-19 in cooperation with the NYS Department of Health. That plan is reviewed weekly as the situation changes.

“Our public health officials have experience preparing for these types of situations,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature. “They are in constant contact with the state Department of Health to stay up-to-date on the situation and respond immediately, if necessary.”

“The County is working closely with the local healthcare system to put in place procedures to identify, isolate and test any residents or visitors who have been exposed to the virus,” said Legislator Michelle Ostrelich, Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee. “This partnership and additional efforts to mitigate community transmission are vital to minimizing the potential effects it could have on the County.”

SCPHS has an Emergency Preparedness and Communicable Disease Team that participates in daily conference calls with the NYS Department of Health, develops and reviews County response plans with input from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and works with local community partners and schools to assist them in their own preparedness activities. All public health staff stays up-to-date through frequent educational sessions, and conduct 24/7 surveillance activities, as needed, to ensure the health and safety of County residents and visitors.

Additional information, including a presentation by Lisa Ayres, Schenectady County’s Director of Public Health, is available at



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