3.25.2020 Schenectady County Community Update: Coronavirus
Mental Health Resources
NYS Office of Mental Health Resources:
- Mental Health Resources During an Emergency
- COVID-19 Resources Website
- Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314
- Feeling Stressed About Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- 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
- 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.
Schenectady County COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition
Schenectady County and The Schenectady Foundation are partnering with many other community partners to support families in our area during the pandemic. The Coalition will operate a hotline out of the new Boys and Girls Clubhouse in Mont Pleasant.
The Coalition was created to help address non-medical, coronavirus-related issues and ensure those who are quarantined or isolated, seniors, and other at-risk individuals get the basic supplies they need while they remain at home. The main focus of the Coalition is delivering groceries and other essentials during this difficult time, while also identifying services offered by partner organizations for those with additional needs.
Schenectady County residents in need of supplies should call (518) 621-3536. Staff will work with callers to identify their needs, including any dietary or allergy restrictions, and set up a drop-off time. Representatives from the County Department of Social Services will also be on hand to assist with shelter, temporary assistance programs and Medicaid issues. Staff will also have information about resources available to address other identified needs.
Click here to learn more about The Schenectady Foundation’s Schenectady Rebuilding Families Fund, or to make a donation.
Stay home for you. Stay home for them.
Over the last couple of weeks, it has become evident that the decisions we make as individuals, and as a community, can have a lasting impact on those around us, especially the most vulnerable. Unless you have an urgent reason to be out – stay home. Some of us may not have any symptoms, but can still be contagious to those around us, without even knowing it.
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. If you do not have a primary care provider, call Schenectady County Public Health Services at (518) 386-2824, option 4. Do not just show up at your doctor’s office or other health care facility.
County offices are shutting down, with the exception of critical services. Residents who have urgent business with a County department should call that department before visiting, for further instructions.
Schenectady County urges residents to be on the lookout for scams. Residents should take care to verify anyone who contacts them, to make sure they are who they say they are, before giving out any information or allowing access to your home.
New York State has also established a COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-364-3065.
Update on Schenectady County Services and Facilities:
Schenectady County Soil & Water Conservation District/Compost Facility
The following take effect immediately:
- The Compost Facility and Resident Recycling Facility are CLOSED until further notice;
- The 2020 Tree & Shrub Sale is cancelled;
- BULK ITEMS will no longer be accepted. This includes household furniture, plastic case appliances, toilets, sinks, etc.;
- E-WASTE (electronics), SCRAP METALS and HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING (newspapers, junk mail, etc.) will still be accepted; and
- The OFFICE will accept telephone calls at (518) 399-6980 Monday – Friday, 8am to 4pm.
Finance Department/Real Property Tax Service Agency (RPTSA)
Services provided by the Department of Finance for the public will be provided through alternative means. Walk-ins and appointments are currently not being scheduled or accepted. All questions or requests for information should be made by contacting (518) 388-4260.
Delinquent tax payments: Individuals seeking to pay delinquent taxes should call the Department of Finance for an updated outstanding balance prior to making payment. Payments can be made by personal or certified check, do not send cash. Payments can be mailed to:
Schenectady County Department of Finance
620 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Tax payments will be processed and applied against delinquent taxes based on the United States postmark date of the envelope associated with the payment. Property owners will be mailed a receipt of payment for their records.
Certificates of Residency: Issuance of Certificates of Residency are temporarily suspended given the current closure of the SUNY and CUNY systems.
Deeds: Questions regarding researching, stamping and recording of deeds can be addressed by calling RPTSA at (518) 388-4246.
Tax Maps: Contact the RPTSA at (518) 388-4246 for tax map-related questions or information.
The Schenectady County Clerk’s Office is closed until further notice.
The Schenectady County Department of Motor Vehicles is closed until further notice.
Senior Meal Sites
Schenectady County Friendship Cafes that provide noontime lunch meals at the Glenville Senior Center on Worden Road, Jewish Community Center on Balltown Road, Our Lady of Fatima Church in Delanson and the Ten Eyck Apartment Building in Schenectady will be closed through Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
Meals will continue to be delivered and distributed at the Ten Eyck Apartment Building, 375 Broadway, in Schenectady, for current congregate meal participants who have no other viable alternative to obtain or prepare a meal.
Starting Monday, March 23, 2020 the Home Delivered Meals program (Meals on Wheels) delivery schedule will change to Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and will provide a shelf-stable and frozen meal to current recipients.
Schenectady County Recreational Facility
The Schenectady County Recreational Facility (ice rink) is closed.
Schenectady County Public Library System
All County libraries are closed.
Schenectady County Jail
Visitation has been suspended at the County Jail.
Visitation has been suspended at the County’s Glendale Home.
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:
- 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;
- Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
- Stay home unless you have an urgent need to be out;
- 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.
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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