Schaffer Heights,107 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, NY 12308   ♦   (518) 386-2810


Mission Statement:

Schenectady County Public Health supports, protects and improves the health of our community.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) has been working diligently on keeping up-to-date on all Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and guidance from the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and from the New York State Department of Health. SCPHS has instituted daily internal COVID-19 briefings with key staff and partner organizations to keep all necessary groups informed on the latest information available. We want the community to understand that while most cases of the virus will be mild, for older people and those with chronic diseases, they are at real risk of serious complications from COVID-19. We have a duty as a community to protect ourselves and above all to protect others - our parents and grandparents, our family and friends, co-workers and neighbors. SCPHS wants the community to know that while the virus will spread, it can be slowed and we can reduce the impact it has by doing the following:

3.26.2020 Schenectady County Community Update: Coronavirus

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 before arriving there. For anyone feeling more severely ill, particularly, with trouble breathing, seek medical care without delay, but always with a call before you go.

For general questions about coronavirus, call the NYS Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065

SCPHS Communicable Disease Department: (518) 386-2824, option 4 (8:30am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday)

After Hours (518) 437-7878

SCPHS Video Presentation from 3/10/2020

It is critical that all residents be conscientious about normal, standard precautions, relevant for any communicable disease.

This includes:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers;
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands;
  • Do not share personal items, such as water bottles;
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick; 
  • If you're sick, stay home. Remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (without taking fever-reducing medication) or signs of a fever (ie. chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance);
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow or with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash; and
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These guidelines, followed carefully, will make a difference in community spread of the disease.

This is a rapidly changing situation. Please regularly check this site, and also the NYS Department of Health COVID-19 webpage, and the CDC Coronavirus webpage for updates.

3.31.2020 Coronavirus Numbers Chart


This data is rapidly changing.


Schenectady County numbers: SCPHS

NYS numbers

U.S. numbers

COVID-19: Protect Yourself and Others

COVID-19 fact sheet

What to do if you're sick with COVID-19 fact sheet

What to do if you're sick

Stop the spread of germs

Protect yourself

COVID-19: Coping with Stress



COVID-19: Talking with your Children about COVID-19

Coping with stress children's fact sheet

How to talk to children about the coronavirus



FAQs for children

COVID-19: Resources for Healthcare Facilities


Mental Health Resources

NYS Office of Mental Health Resources:

Local Resources:

  • Ellis Hsopital “Living Room”: offers telephone support to individuals in the community who are in need of mental health/emotional support at (518) 243-1523 between 12pm-8pm;
  • Mental Health Empowerment Project
    • (518) 235-2173
    • Peer mentors available M-F, 9am to 9pm
    • Phone support for anyone seeking resources or a supportive ear during this difficult time
    • All calls are confidential and dree to the public
    • Also operate a 24/7 confidential “warm” line where trained mentors are available at 1-800-643-7462
  • 211
    • You can call United Way’s free 2-1-1 helpline 24/7 with questions or concerns about COVID-19. This service is available in over 200 languages.
    • Connects callers with resources providing food, shelter, rent assistance, clothing, child care options and other types of community assistance. Trained referral specialists are multi-lingual and available to help find individuals the help they need.


3.26.2020 Schenectady County Community Update: Coronavirus

3.25.2020 Schenectady County Community Update: Coronavirus

3.25.2020 Schenectady County Asks Community to Donate Unused Personal Protective Equipment

3.24.2020 Schenectady County Community Update: Coronavirus

3.24.2020 Schenectady County COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition Launched to Meet Needs of Community

3.23.2020 Schenectady County Community Update: Coronavirus

3.21.2020 Schenectady County Community Update: Coronavirus

3.20.2020 Schenectady County Community Update: Coronavirus

3.19.2020 Schenectady County Community Update: Coronavirus

3.17.2020 Schenectady County Community Update: Coronavirus

3.17.2020 NYS SLA Guidance on Restrictions, To-Go and Delivery

3.16.2020 Governor Cuomo Announces Regional Approach to Combatting COVID-19

3.16.2020 Schenectady County Community Update: Coronavirus

3.16.2020 Schenectady County Statement

3.15.2020 Schenectady County Declares State of Emergency

3.15.2020 Schenectady County COVID-19 Special Meeting

3.13.2020 Schenectady County Community Update: Coronavirus

3.12.2020 Schenectady County Community Update: Coronavirus

3.12.2020 Governor Cuomo Announces New Mass Gathering Regulations

3.11.2020 Glendale Nursing Home Suspends Visitation

3.9.2020 Schenectady County Announces Public Health Preparations for COVID-19

Body Art Permits: Current Guidelines and Application



Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and Community Health Needs Assessment

Every 3 years, Ellis Hospital, Sunnyview Rehab Hospital and Schenectady County Public Health Services go through a process to write a Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan. This is done by reviewing community level health data with our stakeholders, discussing the data at our Schenectady Coalition for a Healthy Community, and by posting a survey to request input from the broader community. As a result of all of this information combined, we determine priority areas that the Schenectady County Community would like to work on for the Community Health Improvement Plan cycle.

Lean more about the the Community Health Improvement Plan and Community Health Needs Assessment.

Free Overdose Prevention & Narcan Training 2020

Schenectady County Public Health Services was granted a Certificate of Approval to operate an Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. The program attendees learn how to recognize an overdose, how to respond to a suspected overdose, how to administer Narcan, to provide a Narcan kit and/or N-CAP information, and related resources.

This program is offered for free to all Schenectady County employees, Ellis Hospital employees, Schenectady County CBO employees, and Schenectady County residents.

**This program does NOT constitute medical education for providers in terms of clinical certification.**

Location: Ellis McClellan Conference Center, 600 McClellan St., Schenectady NY 12304

Program Dates/Time: Held the second Wednesday of each month from 9-10am

January 8; February 12; March 11

April 8; May 13; June 10

July 8; August 12; September 9

October 14; December 9

RSVP: Space is limited. Please RSVP to Lauren Stairs, either by phone (518) 386-2824 ext. 256 or email by the 5th of the month in which you plan to attend.



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