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Visit our COVID-19 dashboard at https://arcg.is/1r1SzS for current case numbers, demographic information of positive cases, 7-day average percentage positive, trends, vaccine tracking, and more. The dashboard will be updated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (excluding holidays). Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer supported by the dashboard site. Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to access the dashboard.

Our office is not open to walk-ins at this time. Please call our office if you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment. For information about when and where you can get a COVID vaccine, click on the COVID-19 Vaccine Information page link below.

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COVID-19

In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Schuyler County Public Health is working closely with County Administration, elected officials, and community partners, including Cayuga Health System and other healthcare providers and following guidance from the CDC and NYSDOH. The health and well-being of our community is our top priority. Remember that this virus can spread rapidly if given the chance. Please take care of yourself, your loved ones, and our community.

How can I do my part to protect myself, my loved ones, and my community?

  • Get vaccinated - Getting vaccinated as soon as you can will help keep you, your family, and our community safe and help us all return to normal sooner. Learn more at: http://schuylercounty.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=469.
  • Wear a mask and practice social distancing if you are not fully vaccinated. Most people can safely resume activities without wearing masks or social distancing once they are fully vaccinated (2 weeks after completing their vaccine series). For now, masks and social distancing are still needed in certain places, such as healthcare settings, Pre-K to 12 schools, public transit, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and nursing homes even if someone is fully vaccinated. People with certain health conditions or who are taking medications that weaken their immune system should check with their doctor before they stop wearing masks and social distancing. Recommendations related to masks and social distancing will continue to be updated as medical experts examine the data. How many people end up getting vaccinated will also impact when and how the recommendations are changed. For the most current guidance for fully vaccinated people, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially when you get home after being in public.
  • Get tested for COVID-19, especially if you have symptoms. To find testing locations, visit: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you. Check with your insurance provider and the testing site as some locations may charge a fee for testing.
  • Stay home if you are sick – even if your illness is mild.

How Can Residents Get Tested for COVID-19?

To find sites that offer testing for COVID-19, you can click here for a list of testing sites in our area. Check with your insurance provider and the testing site as some locations may charge a fee for testing. You can also click here to use New York State’s "Find a Test Site Near You" search tool.

If you take an at-home COVID-19 test and it comes back positive, you should:

  1. Stay home and start isolating away from others
  2. Call our office at 607-535-8140 if you are a Schuyler County resident

If you develop emergency warning signs of COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs may include: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency.

Where can I learn more about the travel advisory?

Starting April 1, 2021, domestic travelers are no longer required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. State or U.S. Territory. Learn more about the NYS travel advisory at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory. For additional travel information, including information about international travel, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

What happens when someone tests positive?

When someone residing in Schuyler County tests positive for COVID-19, we at Schuyler County Public Health are notified of the results. We call the individual, inform them of their results, and conduct contact tracing to identify and quarantine individuals who may have been exposed. The individual is also put in mandatory isolation until they are no longer considered at high risk of transmitting COVID-19 to others based on criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).

If you tested positive and have not heard from us or the NYS Contact Tracers within 24 hours, please call us to let us know about your test result. Your positive test result may have been reported to the wrong county or not properly reported to us.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may receive a text message that looks like this (image below) at the phone number you provided when you got tested. If you get a text message that looks like this, you can follow the steps in the text message to jump start the contact tracing process or you can wait for the health department to call you. We work 7 days a week and we will call you within 24 hours of us being notified of your test result. If you get a text message that asks for your banking or credit card information or your Social Security number – DELETE IT – we NEVER ask for that type of information.

People who test positive for COVID-19 may get a text message that looks like this

What is contact tracing?

For contact tracing, we work with the individual to identify where they went and who they interacted with while they were contagious – this time frame includes the time while they had symptoms and the 48 hours before their symptoms started, per CDC and NYSDOH guidance. For people without symptoms, we look back 48 hours before they were tested.

People are considered at risk of getting COVID-19 if they are in the same household with someone with COVID-19, had direct physical contact with someone with COVID-19 or with their infectious secretions, or were within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for 10 minutes or more. This would include any people the person lives with and may also include coworkers, friends, or family the person spent time with. It could also include people in a public setting.

What is (and isn’t) a public exposure risk?

Some settings, such as healthcare facilities, daycares, and some types of businesses, keep detailed records of who enters and leaves their building. If the person who tested positive was in a location like this, this would not be a public exposure risk because we can work with the location to identify and contact everyone who may have been exposed to the virus by the person who tested positive.

If someone who tested positive reports they were in a setting that doesn’t keep records of who enters (such as a retail establishment), we work with the individual to determine who they may have exposed to the virus. We examine what precautions the person was following and review details about the setting. If they were in a setting like this and may have exposed people, this would be a public exposure risk because there are people who may have been exposed to the virus that cannot be identified and contacted. If a situation like this occurs, we will inform the community and recommend that anyone who was at the location take appropriate steps like self-quarantining and getting tested for COVID-19.

How do I know if I have been identified as a close contact?

Any individuals identified as close contacts are contacted by us, or the New York State Contact Tracers, and placed in quarantine to limit how many people they end up exposing if they do develop COVID-19. They are released from quarantine once it has been 10 days since they were exposed to the person with COVID-19, unless they develop symptoms. Check-ins are done with both the individual who tested positive and their contacts to monitor their health, make sure they have any food, prescriptions, or other supplies they need, and to check that the individuals are following the quarantine or isolation orders.

Information regarding schools, businesses, and other organizations

More Resources

  • Visit the New York State Department of Health’s website found here
  • Call the New York State Department of Health 24/7 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065
  • Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website found here
  • Call Schuyler Hospital’s COVID-19 Hotline at 607-535-8602. Available Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Call Guthrie’s COVID-19 Information Lines at: 
    • 844-357-2840
    • 800-836-1925
  • If you have a complaint or something else you want to report, you can contact the NYS PAUSE Task Force to file a complaint by visiting https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause or by calling 1-833-789-0470.

Working hand in hand with the community 

to prevent, promote and protect.

Last updated 10/14/21 dd