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View the latest Schenectady County COVID-19 Community Update


Currently Schenectady County Public Health Services is seeing a large increase in cases and broad community spread linked to social contact and gatherings which could be prevented by following the basic precautions of wearing a mask, physically distancing from others, and avoiding gatherings.

Community & General Testing information

Schenectady County offers no-cost community testing on Thursdays in December.

Call (518) 419-0370 to register.

Time: 9am - 1pm

Location: SUNY Schenectady's West Parking Lot, 78 Washington Ave.

Find an alternate Testing Site near you.  

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.

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)

NYS guidelines for Public and Private employees interacting with the public regarding face coverings.

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. 

NYS Gym and Fitness Centers Summary Guidelines

NYS Department of Health Interim Detailed Guidelines for Gyms & Fitness Centers

Business Safety Plan Template

NY Forward Business Affirmation

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.

Request an Inspection

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

State and Federal Guidelines

NYS Coronavirus comprehensive information

CDC - Center for Disease Control - Coronavirus comprehensive information