SCHENECTADY – Schenectady County Public Health Services is going partially remote after exposure to a COVID positive employee, the county said Tuesday.
The exposure has resulted in some staff working remotely and the agency is “implementing a long-term remote working strategy to protect staff and maintain the capacity to respond to the pandemic moving forward,” the county said in a release.
Public Health believes there’s is no risk to the general public and most of their. COVID response is to continue without interruption, the county said.
Public Health, however, has cancelled community testing scheduled for Thursday at SUNY Schenectady and for Monday at the Boys and Girls Club in Schenectady, in order to conduct contact tracing and other investigation activities necessary to respond to the recent increases in positive COVID-19 cases in the county, officials said.
“The recent increase is directly linked to community members failing to follow basic COVID-19 precautions, including wearing a mask, physically distancing from others, and avoiding gatherings.,” the county’s release reads. “Several clusters in our county are linked to Halloween parties and other gatherings. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, it is crucial that community members continue to follow the safest precautions possible.”
The Schenectady County announcement follows a similar one from Albany County nearly two weeks ago after four employees there tested positive.