The Pandemic and Covid-19 Preparedness necessitates this reminder be prioritized here. For the latest updates and information from New York State and Schuyler County, continue reading.

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Updated 4/15/2021

As of April 15, more than 50 percent of New Yorkers 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and more than one in three in the same age group have been fully vaccinated. More than 12.5 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in New York State.

Interested in tracking results? Bookmark this page: For the latest updates on news and regulations, bookmark the New York Forward webpages.

Vaccine Clinic Update (as of 4/12/2021)

Anyone who works or lives in New York State and is 16 years old or older can now get the COVID vaccine. NOTE: Only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for those 16 and 17 years old. The following clinics are offered by Arnot Health:

  • April 15 - Janssen vaccine - Monumental Baptist Church
  • April 17 - Pfizer - 1st dose - Arnot Mall

Registration is required for all clinics. Visit

In addition, Schuyler County Public Health will be holding a first dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccine clinic on April 14 from 4 - 6 pm at the Watkins Glen Community Center. All adults 18 and older who live, work, or study in New York State can visit Schuyler County’s website to register for the clinic:

News from Local Organizations in March

Community Updates: Zoom Meetings Organized by SCOPED
May 6, 2021

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 811 9632 6743; Passcode: 931473

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Mark your calendar for future meetings:

  • Jun 3, 2021 03:00 PM


News from the SBA

The U.S. SBA has posted info for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal in anticipation of opening applications for the much-anticipated critical economic relief program on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Details here:


News from the State (Released in April and Highlights from March):

A broadband and device benefit for low-income consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic will be available soon. This benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per eligible household. The program is temporary. For more information and updates, check

On April 13, Governor Cuomo announced a new targeted effort to vaccinate workers at New York State farms and food production facilities. The state will coordinate with local health departments and Federally Qualified Health Centers to bring pop-up vaccination sites to workers, including migrant workers, at their places of employment.

The Governor also announced that as part of the new vaccination effort, New York State will provide 500 doses to Sun River Health, a local health care network, to administer to Angry Orchard employees, as well as farm and food production workers from other facilities in the Orange County area. Vaccines will be administered beginning Wednesday, April 21.

On April 13, the CDC and FDA issued a statement recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine out of an abundance of caution. New York State will follow the CDC and FDA recommendation and pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine statewide immediately today while these health and safety agencies evaluate next steps. All appointments for Johnson & Johnson vaccines today (4/13/21) at New York State mass vaccination sites will be honored with the Pfizer vaccine.

On April 12, Governor Cuomo today announced that New York State will provide a new, separate allocation of 35,000 vaccines to address the college student population at SUNY schools and private colleges. This initial allocation will include 21,000 vaccines to be administered to SUNY students and 14,000 vaccines to be administered at private colleges. The vaccines will be administered to residential and non-commuter students who are leaving for the summer.

On April 7, Governor Cuomo directed the Department of Financial Services to extend the emergency regulation requiring all health insurers to waive co-pays for the COVID-19 vaccine until April 30. The extension of this regulation and guidance will help to ensure there are no barriers to New Yorkers accessing the vaccine as the State continues to implement its vaccine administration plan and get every New Yorker vaccinated.

Governor Cuomo announced on April 2 that performing arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33 percent capacity beginning today. Venues can host up to 100 people indoors or up to 200 people outdoors. If all attendees present proof of completed vaccination or recent negative test result prior to entry, capacity can increase up to 150 people indoors or up to 500 people outdoors. Social distancing, face coverings, health screening and other health protocols will be required by all attendees, as well as strict adherence to all applicable Department of Health guidance, which is available here.

On April 2, the State announced updated travel guidelines for domestic and international travelers. Read details here.

Beginning Tuesday, March 30, at 8 a.m., all New Yorkers 30 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Beginning April 6, universal eligibility goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. 

The following information was released on March 26, offering guidance on reopening adult day health care programs and nursing facility visitation.​

On March 26, Governor Cuomo announced the launch of Excelsior Pass - a free, voluntary platform developed in partnership with IBM, which utilizes proven, secure technology to confirm an individual's recent negative PCR or antigen test result or proof of vaccination to help fast-track the reopening of businesses and event venues in accordance with New York State Department of Health guidelines. Similar to a mobile airline boarding pass, individuals will be able to either print out their pass or store it on their smartphones using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app. Each Pass will have a secure QR code, which participating businesses and venues can scan using a companion app to verify proof of COVID-19 negative test results or proof of vaccination. An individual's data is kept secure and confidential at all times. Interested New Yorkers can opt in to use Excelsior Pass and learn more here; interested businesses can opt in and learn more here.

On March 24, the State announced the NYS Citizen Public Health Leader. To continue the fight against COVID and prepare for the next public health emergency, the State announced the launch of a free, online Citizen Public Health Training course for New Yorkers. This innovative course, delivered by the New York State Department of Health in partnership with Cornell University and supported by the State University of New York, will prepare and equip New Yorkers to become NYS Citizen Public Health Leaders and build an informed network of community health leaders across the state. Enroll today

Mental health resources are available for New Yorkers who need them. Now that it's officially spring, we are slowly getting outside again and enjoying the warmer weather but we still recognize the mental and emotional strain many are feeling during the pandemic. New Yorkers can visit for free mindfulness resources or call the support hotline at 1-844-863-9314.

On April 1, the New York Mets and New York Yankees can resume playing with spectators in stadiums. Professional sports in large outdoor stadiums that hold 10,000 people or more will be allowed to reopen at 20 percent capacity. Attendees must show proof of a recent negative test or completed vaccination series prior to entry and are subject to strict state guidance on face coverings, social distancing, and health screenings. Vaccination efforts at both Yankee Stadium and Citi Field will still continue during the MLB season.


Selected Guidelines released by the State prior to 3/18/2021:

Beginning April 5, the 11 pm curfew currently in place for casinos, movie theaters, bowling alleys, billiards halls, gyms and fitness centers will be lifted. The 11pm curfew for food and beverage establishments and the midnight curfew for catered events will remain in effect. Both curfews will be re-evaluated in late April. 

As of March 17, three new groups of New Yorkers will be eligible for the vaccine:

  • Public-facing government and public workers
  • Not-for-profit workers who provide public-facing services to New Yorkers in need
  • Essential in-person building service workers.

New Yorkers who qualify in these categories can make an appointment through the Am I Eligible Tool or through the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

As of March 19, restaurants outside of New York City can operate at 75% capacity.

As of March 15, weddings and catered events can resume statewide at 50% capacity with no more than 150 people per event. All guests must show proof of vaccination, negative PCR test within 72 hours, or negative antigen test within 6 hours of the event. The respective county health department or local public health authority must be notified of in-person and catered events above the State’s maximum social gathering limit. [catered events updated; see entry above dated 3/18/21]

As of April 2, event, arts, and entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity, up to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors without testing. With proof of vaccination or valid testing, capacity caps are raised to 150 (indoors) and 500 (outdoors). [catered events updated; see entry above dated 3/18/21]

New legislation grants employees time off to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Under this new law, public and private employees will be granted up to four hours of excused leave per shot that will not be charged against any other leave the employee has earned or accrued. This legislation is in effect now. The 'Am I Eligible' screening tool has been updated for individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions with new appointments released on a rolling basis over the next weeks. New Yorkers can use the following to show they are eligible:    

  • Doctor's letter, or
  • Medical information evidencing comorbidity, or
  • Signed certification  


Tools and Resources to address COVID-19 issues and challenges:

These updates, documents, tool, links and resources are for the public, members of the chamber and visitors as needed and we will do our best to post information as we receive it. 

For the most up-to-date guidance visit the Schuyler County website here

Information from Schuyler County Public Health can be found on their website here.


News released in March 2021

News released prior to March 2021