- COVID-19 Testing
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.
Residents can contact their primary care provider about testing, or find a testing site near them at the link above.
No-cost testing is available at SUNY Albany's state-run COVID-19 testing site.
Tests are also available at CVS pharmacies and Ellis Medicine's new COVID-19 & Flu Community Clinic.
- K-12 High-Risk Sports Guidance
Schenectady County Public Health Services has released guidance for K-12 sponsored higher-risk sports within the County. The guidelines were created by a group of more than a dozen counties in the Capital Region, North Country and Mohawk Valley, to establish a regional approach to sports that often cross county borders.
- Essential Employees and Covid-19
Are you an employer of essential employees and/or healthcare workers and want to learn more about how quarantine effects your staff? Are you an essential employee and/or a healthcare worker and want to learn more about when and how you can return to work? Employers, if you have further questions, please call our communicable disease department at 518-386-2824 Option 4.
- Face Coverings
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. (e.g. grocery stores, pharmacies)
- Business Guidance
- Gym and Fitness Center Guidance
The guidelines apply to standalone, hotel, residential and office gyms and fitness centers, gyms and fitness centers in higher education institutions, yoga/Pilates/barre studios, boxing/kickboxing gyms, fitness boot camps, CrossFit or other plyometric boxes and other group fitness classes (e.g. spin, rowing, dancing).
New York State requires all gyms and fitness centers to sign an electronic affirmation, attesting that they have read, and are in compliance with, the State Detailed Guidelines prior to reopening and requires each establishment to maintain a business safety plan on premises.
Once these requirements have been met, gyms and fitness centers must request an inspection from the County's health department. Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) will conduct inspections within 14 days of receiving a request.
Questions? Call (518) 386-2818, extension 9258, for assistance.
- School Guidance
New York State has issued updated guidance regarding schools with a specific focus on when students and staff need to be excluded from school for possible COVID symptoms and what steps they need to take to return. Schenectady County Public Health Services continues to work closely with the schools via weekly calls with local districts and will be assisting in understanding and navigating new guidelines as they are released. If you have questions about a specific situation, please contact your school district or call 518-386-2824 option 4 to speak to a member of the SCPHS contact tracing staff.
NYS Department of Health PreK-12th Grade Toolkit
Please use our Online Reporting Tool for Schools and Businesses to report a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 to the Public Health Department.
- Weddings and Catered Events Guidance
New York State has updated the guidance for weddings and catered events.
All wedding and catered event activities must follow the Statewide Interim Guidance for Food Services During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (including in-person and catered events).
Each facility’s (venue's) owner/operator and event organizer must sign and submit a Schenectady County Public Health Services' (SCPHS) attestation form at least 5 days in advance of the event date.
- State and Federal Guidelines