Schenectady County Legislature Holds Special Meeting to Address COVID-19
The Schenectady County Legislature held a special meeting today at noon to address issues related to COVID-19.The measures taken up address sick leave for County employees and authorize the County Manager to hire 10 nurses and 5 cleaners, and allocates $1,000,000 for equipment and contractual expenses.
The County performs many important tasks, including: Sheriff’s Road Patrol, the Unified Communications Center, the District Attorney, Child Protective Services, Public Defender, Conflict Defender, Probation Department, Public Health Services, Department of Senior and Long Term Care, and a variety of other functions. Establishing a Pandemic Emergency Sick Bank will help keep Schenectady County government functioning during this health emergency, by allowing those who are sick to stay home in order to protect the remaining workforce and residents.
“Our goal is to lower the infection rate in Schenectady County while continuing to care for our most vulnerable populations, including the residents at Glendale Home,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature. “Giving employees the sick time they need will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among not only other County employees, but also our community as a whole.”
Pandemic Emergency Sick Bank
County employees who are eligible to accrue sick leave will receive a Pandemic Emergency Sick Bank of 30 workdays, which can be used by those who require testing, isolation, quarantine or medical treatment for the COVID-19 virus, and for absences directly related to protecting the health and safety of the of the individual or the workforce and community.
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.
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.
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; after-hours (518) 437-7878
For important information and the latest updates, follow @SchenectadyCounty on Facebook, @SchdyCountyNY on Twitter, and visit the SCPHS website: www.schenectadycounty.com/publichealth.
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