FONDA — The Montgomery County Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed this week due to “extreme staffing shortages” caused by COVID-19, according to County Clerk Brittany Kolbe.
“The health and safety of our staff and the people we serve is always our top priority. We appreciate your understanding in the matter,” Kolbe stated in a social media post announcing the weeklong closure on Tuesday afternoon.
Kolbe had originally announced a day earlier that the DMV would be closed on Tuesday, “out of an abundance of caution” due to COVID-19 exposure. The office was expected to undergo a “deep clean” before reopening.
The initial decision to close the office for a day was reportedly made in consultation with the Montgomery County Public Health Department, Personnel Department and County Executive Matthew Ossenfort.
The closure was extended through the end of this week, “upon some new developments and careful thought and consideration,” Kolbe stated.
The DMV is now expected to reopen on Monday. Any appointments from this week can be rescheduled online at picktime.com/MontgomeryCountyNYClerksOffice.
The closure of a county office comes as local coronavirus cases tracked by the state Department of Health have remained relatively flat.
There have been 39 confirmed positive cases reported among Montgomery County residents over the most-recently-recorded seven-day period from June 27 through Sunday for a 9.1% test positivity rate.
However, the state only tracks data collected from PCR tests reported from laboratory results. The data does not include self-reported cases confirmed from at-home tests.
Kolbe did not immediately return a call seeking comment for this story on Tuesday.
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