9.16.2020 Schenectady County COVID-19 Community Update

Schenectady County COVID-19 Update

Stay Up-To-Date

For important information and the latest updates, follow @SchenectadyCounty on Facebook, @SchdyCountyNY on Twitter, and visit the Schenectady County Public Health Services website: www.schenectadycounty.com/publichealth.

New Information:

Positive Cases: 1,362* (lab-confirmed)

Current Lab-Confirmed Positives: 50

New Positives: 4*

Hospitalizations: 2 (includes all hospitalizations, regardless of county of residence)

People Under Investigation Currently Hospitalized: 4

Quarantines (potentially exposed): 434

Isolations: 73 (includes lab-confirmed positives, presumed positives and hospitalized positives; see CDC definition below)

Recoveries: 1,189 (includes only lab-confirmed positive recoveries)

Sadly, 46 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.

Click here for CDC definitions of isolation and quarantine.

*Information is from NYS COVID-19 Tracker

Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) has confirmed that an individual, who later tested positive for COVID-19, visited Luca’s Bar and Grill 

Schenectady County’s Glendale Home announces limited visitation to start on Tuesday September 15th, at 1:00pm.

Schenectady County Public Health Services releases School Reopening FAQ.

Schenectady County Announces Sale/Redevelopment of Former Sears at ViaPort Rotterdam

Schenectady County Encourages Returning College Students to Self-Quarantine for 14-Days and Follow Other COVID-19 Protocols

County Manager Rory Fluman’s updated State of Emergency (9.6.2020) View Here


Metroplex Update 9.15.2020

New Locally Administered Low-Interest Loan Fund for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded

$8 million to capitalize a new revolving loan fund that will assist businesses in the Capital Region impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Capital Region Chamber will be administrating the Fund.

The new Capital Region Advancement Fund will provide low-interest working capital loans to help stabilize local business operations and retain employment. Loans can range from $25,000 –

$500,000. The interest rate is 1.5%. Businesses who received SBA Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) loans are encouraged to apply if they need additional capital.

Schenectady County businesses are eligible to participate in this new loan program. Funding can be used to retain employees, help cover expenses, support operations and make necessary adjustments toward a sustainable future after the pandemic has subsided.

For full program highlights, eligibility and to begin the process of applying, please visit capitalregionadvancementfund.com.

Additional Funding for Child Care Providers

The state is now taking applications for funding targeted at child care providers. See link below:

$88.6 Million in Cares Act Funding Available to Assist Child Care Providers During COVID-19 Pandemic

If we can be of assistance, please email us.

See earlier COVID-19 updates at www.schenectadymetroplex.org.


Submit Comments for Privilege of the Floor

To minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Schenectady County Legislature has moved its meetings online. Members of the public who would like to submit a comment to be included as part of the record may fill out the official contact form.

Comments must be submitted by 12:01am on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 for the Tuesday, September 8, 2020 regular meeting of the legislature.

Submit comments here.

Community Testing: September*

Call (518) 419-0370 to register.

Schenectady Inner City Ministry Food Pantry (SCIM)

839 Albany Street, Schenectady 12307

Mondays: September 14, 21 and 28 from 10am to 2pm – no testing on Labor Day, September 7

Schenectady Islamic Center Parking Lot

89 North Brandywine, Schenectady 12307

Thursdays: September 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 2-6pm

*Weather-permitting. Check www.schenectadycounty.com/publichealth for cancellation information.

Schenectady County Gym and Fitness Center Guidance

See www.schenectadycounty.com/gyms for the most up-to-date guidance for gym and fitness center reopening guidance.

County Briefings Update

Moving forward, Schenectady County will give COVID-19 briefings on an as-needed basis. These events will be streamed on FB live at https://www.facebook.com/SchenectadyCounty/

Residents can submit questions by calling (518) 388-4355; emailing manager@schenectadycounty.com; or filling out the online form at: www.schenectadycounty.com/content/submit-coronavirus-related-question.

8.6.2020 State of Emergency

Community Updates

Moving forward, Schenectady County will continue to send out daily community updates during the work week.

COVID-19 data is available on NY’s COVID-Tracker website: https://covid19tracker.health.ny.gov/views/NYS-COVID19-Tracker/NYSDOHCOV...

Schenectady County Finance Department and Real Property Tax Service Agency

Open by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment, call (518) 388-4260 (Finance) or (518) 388-4262 (Real Property), or schedule online at https://SCNFinanceRPTSA.as.me/.

A mask or face covering is required and social distancing protocols will be adhered to.

Learn more at:



Schenectady County Clerk – Department of Motor Vehicles

Due to the overwhelming need for learner permit tests, we have increased our capacity effective Monday, June 22, and have expanded booking for up to 20 days in advance! Our permit stations maintain more than a 6 foot distance between testers. If you need a permit test, please head to the scheduling website: https://scncountyclerk.as.me/schedule.php

If the testing appointments fill up, please email CountyClerk@schenectadycounty.com to be added to the Permit cancellation list!

Schenectady County Public Library

All library buildings are still closed to public access.

Curb-Side Pickup

How to order: SCPL will begin their Curb-Side Pickup To Go service at the Karen B. Johnson Central Library on Monday, June 22nd. There will be a 15-item limit for pickup orders at this time; our regular limit of 10 videos per card is still in effect. In order for this service to run smoothly and safely, you will be required to follow the listed rules below:

The methods for requesting material:

  • Sign into our Online Catalog to request your material;
  • Call (518) 388-4511 or (518) 388-4540; or
  • Email scplcurbside@mvls.info.

Instructions: After you place an order

  • An SCPL staff member will contact you to set up an APPOINTED TIME for your Curb-Side Pickup.
  • It may take a day or two before you receive a call from us. Please be patient.
  • DO NOT show up without having a confirmed, appointed time.
  • You MUST WEAR A MASK when you come to the Library to pickup.
  • You MUST BRING YOUR LIBRARY CARD and/or PHOTO ID when you come to the Library to pickup.
  • Upon arrival at the Library, look for signage as to where to go to pickup your materials. Most locations will have pickup outside the front door.

Time Frame for Curb-Side Pickup at SCPL Locations:

  • Karen B. Johnson Central Library: starting Monday, June 22;
  • Mont Pleasant & Niskayuna Branch Libraries: starting Monday, June 29;
  • All other Branch Libraries: starting Monday, July 6.

Returning Your Materials

All of our book drops are open for you to return materials 24-hours a day.

  • We WILL NOT be accepting returned materials at the Curb-Side Pickup.
  • All returned materials must be placed in a Book Drop.
  • All returned materials enter into a quarantine period for 3-7 days.
  • Returned items will show on your account until they exit their quarantine period.
  • NO FINES will be assessed to your account for overdue materials during this limited-service time period.

Schenectady County DMV

The Schenectady County DMV will be open by appointment only on Wednesday, June 17th, 2020, to process in-person transactions.  Please note that due to the state of emergency and our limited capacity, this process can only be used for SCHENECTADY COUNTY RESIDENTS.  Out-of-county residents are welcome to use the drop-box located outside of the office for remote processing.  All dealers must use the drop-box to process transactions. Click here for more information.

State of Emergency 6.15.2020

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program is on HOLD until further notice.

The Schenectady County Clerk's Office Records Room will be opening to searchers by appointment only, starting Thursday, June 4, 2020. Please note that due to the state of emergency and our limited capacity, this process will be limited.

Filings deemed essential by the court will be processed in-person by appointment only. Please call in advance. All other recordings and court matters must be submitted through the mail, eRecording or EDDS.

Learn more here.

Exclusions: DMV is closed by Executive Order until June 6th, the Glendale Home and the Schenectady County Jail are not allowing visitors at this time, and all branches of the Schenectady County Public Library System remain closed.

NY Forward information is available at www.schenctadycounty.com/NYForward

The Plotter Kill and Indian Kill Preserves will reopen on Friday, May 22, 2020, with social distancing measures in effect.

Schenectady County State of Emergency Issued 5.11.2020

Deeds, Mortgage Discharges and DBAs

Email CountyClerk@schenectadycounty.com for a digital copy of deeds, mortgage discharges and DBAs. Please include a copy of your license in the email.

Certificates of Residency

During the COVID-19 pandemic, requirements to obtain a Certificate of Residence have changed.  Please review the information below.

Schenectady County, Department of Finance, Certificate of Residency E-Mail Application Procedure

Please go to SchenectadyCounty.com/certificate and download the required application.

Certificate of Residence Information Sheet

The following items need to be emailed to: certificate@schenectadycounty.com 

A. Applicants/students asking for a new certificate will need to provide the  following separate   items:

  • Proof of where the applicant/student lived one year ago from the date on the application;
  • Proof of where the applicant/student lived six months ago from the date on the application (date specific);
  • Proof  of where the applicant/student lives within the last 30 days – (date specific);
  • Copy of applicant/student driver’s license;
  • Certificate completed and notarized.

B. If the applicant/student has already had a certificate with Schenectady County  the following separate items need to be provided:

  • Proof of where applicant/student lived within the last 30 days- (date specific);
  • Copy of  applicant/student driver’s license;
  • Certificate completed and notarized.

Please remember to include a phone number in the email, should the County have any questions. 

Once the County receives the required information, it will issue the certificate via email.    

Applicants/students are required to mail the notarized application with original signature to the following address: Schenectady County, Finance Department, 620 State St., Schenectady NY  12305. 

Questions regarding Certificate of Residence can be directed to the Department of Finance at: (518) 388-4260. 

Senior & Long Term Care

Provides services for senior County residents, 60 years of age and older.


Phone: 518-382-8481 x1 

Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

107 Nott Terrace, Suite 305

Schenectady, NY

NYS face covering guidance for businesses/employers is available here.

Schenectady County State of Emergency Extended.

View here.

CDC Guidance for Food Service Industry

View guidance here.

Board of Elections:

Absentee ballot forms are available here.

Household Hazardous Waste collection event scheduled for May 8, 2020 is cancelled.

Mental Health Resources

NYS Office of Mental Health Resources:

Local Resources:

  • Ellis Hospital “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.

Stay home for you. Stay home for them.

Over the last couple of months, 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 2. 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.

Schenectady County Soil & Water Conservation District/Compost Facility

The Compost and Resident Recycling Facility will be OPEN beginning April 1, 2020 from 8 am to 3 pm Monday through Saturday. 

Permits will be sold.

All products will be available to purchase.

Household recycling and electronic recycling will be accepted.

**BULK items will no longer be accepted**

Please adhere to the SOCIAL-DISTANCING practice when using the facility.

2020 Tree & Shrub Sale is cancelled for the year.

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.

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 Jail

Visitation has been suspended at the County Jail.

Glendale Home

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.



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