Schenectady County Declares State of Emergency

Schenectady County COVID-19 Update

Schenectady County declared a state of emergency today to preserve the public safety and to render all appropriate assistance to the safety, well-being, and health of the residents of the County.

“The County declared a state of emergency mainly to make sure any of our schools that close due to the COVID-19 virus are taken care of,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature. “Without this declaration they may be financially penalized for not meeting the minimum instructional days requirement.”

Schenectady County is asking residents that have business with County departments, that is not time sensitive, to consider holding off whenever possible, for their own safety, and the safety of County employees and the community.

Other things County residents can do to help slow the spread of COVID-19:

Take Precautions

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.

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 COVID19 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; after-hours (518) 437-7878

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

Stay Up-to-Date

For important information and the latest updates, follow @SchenectadyCounty on Facebook, @SchdyCountyNY on Twitter, and visit the SCPHS website:



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