Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Yates County is committed to keeping our community up-to-date by delivering breaking news and press releases related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Below you will find useful links and news stories to help keep you informed and safe.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19 visit:

New York State COVID-19 
World Health Organization

New York State COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
New York State COVID -19 Emotional Support Hotline for Mental Health Counseling: 1-844-863-9314
Finger Lakes Health COVID-19 Hotline: 315-787-5110
Yates County Public Health: 315-536-5160

Public Health Press Releases:
March 25th, 2020  - Statement from Public Health Director Deb Minor on Isolation and Quarantines 

Public Health Open Mic show with WFLR - March 26th, 2020 

COVID-19 Update as of March 28, 2020:
march 28 testing update
New York State Confirmed Case Count by County

  1. Yates County Legislature Chairman’s Request to Tourists & Second Home Owners

    As an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Chairman of the Yates County Legislature, Douglas Paddock, is asking tourists and second home owners to follow state and federal mandates that people stay home until we get past this pandemic. Read on...
  2. Yates County - State of Emergency Hours of Operation

    Yates County State of Emergency Building Hours M-F 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Department Schedules Read on...
  3. A Message From Doug Paddock, Yates County Chairman

    “Be prepared, not scared." Read on...
  4. Yates County Sheriff Office - Temporary Procedure

    SOE Temporary Procedure at YCSO - Order of Sheriff Read on...
  5. Yates County Sheriff - Yates County Schools Closed

  6. Yates County Sheriff - Regarding State of Emergency

  7. Yates County Declares State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

    Yates County has declared a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19 effective at 12:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Read on...
  8. Yates County Responds to Coronavirus

    Yates County leadership is working to protect our employees and the public by following all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Read on...
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EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY - Yates County State of Emergency

Building Hours M-F 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Department Schedules as of 3/26 @ 3:00 PM

Board of Elections 315-536-5135 - The office is open to the public by appointment only.

Buildings & Grounds – The department is cleaning and sanitizing hourly.

Community Services – The office is open with a limited staff.


County Clerk 315-536-5120 - Clerk office is accepting Real Estate only at this time by US Mail, or drop box only. Closed to the public.


County Treasurer – 315-536-5192 - The office open with a limited staff.


County Administrator – 315-531-3210 - The office is open.


Department of Motor Vehicle 315-536-5528 - The DMV is closed until further notice as a directive from Governor Cuomo.  All registrations and licenses due to expire after March 1 have been extended. 45 day registrations from dealers will also be extended.  No road tests or salvage exams until further notice. Any questions please call.

Department of Social Services: Food Stamps, Public Assistance, HEAP, Medicaid – 315-536-5183 - Per state issued guidelines, all in-person interviews including applications and re-certifications are waived.  Information will be primarily gathered over the phone.  Work requirements for Temporary Assistance and Food Stamps are also waived.  Applications are available by mail for all eligibility programs, or apply for Food Stamps and HEAP online at


Department of Social Services: Child Support 315-536-5183 - Child support orders are continued to be processed.  Child Support Payments from non-custodial parents are still being accepted, however, it is preferred that payments are sent through the mail or call ahead for an appointment to drop off your payment.

Department of Social Services: Children/Adult Services – 315-536-5183 - Child and adult protective reports continue to be received and investigated.  The office is following guidance issued by the Office of Children and Family Services regarding a reduction in unnecessary visits to homes and following the recommended screening procedures before any home visits.

Highway – The department is performing their normal work with a limited staff.


Legislative Office – 315-536-5150 - The office is open with a limited staff.


Office of Emergency Management – 315-536-3000 - The office is open.

Planning – 315-536-5153 - The office is open with a limited staff.

Personnel - 315-536-5112 - The office is open with a limited staff.


Public Health – 315-536-5160 - The office is open with business by phone or email. Please call or email

Real Property 315-536-5165 ext. 1 - The office is open with a limited staff.  Business by e-mail or phone is strongly encouraged.  Maps can be requested through e-mail at or call.

Sheriff – The office remains a 24x7 operation in all divisions (police services, 911, county jail, civil, court security) with civil division at 50% staff.  All jail visitation is suspended and there is limited CAP court use.

Veterans Services – 315-536-5196 - The office is open with a limited staff.


Know how it spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.


 COVID-19 may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms, like:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Trouble breathing 

CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider for more information. 


Everyone should:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before you eat. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard it in a closed container 
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.

For people who are sick:

  • Stay home.
  • If you have a fever, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines, such as acetaminophen.
  • Keep sick household members away from others. If you have a separate room that is best.
  • Use soap and water, a bleach and water solution, or EPA-approved household products. You can make your own cleanser with a mixture of 1 cup of liquid unscented chlorine bleach in 5 gallons of water.
  • Avoid sharing personal items
  • Anyone at high risk for complications should talk to their healthcare provider for more information.

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How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from COVID-19 When Enjoying the Outdoors

Guidance on How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from COVID-19 When Enjoying the Outdoors

March 18, 2020

Getting outdoors to walk, jog, hike, garden, ride a bicycle or visit a park are healthy ways to stay active, spend time with your family, and reduce stress and anxiety while engaging in social distancing strategies. These are some simple ways you can protect you and your family from COVID-19 while enjoying the outdoors.

Everyone must:

  • Avoid close contact with people, even when outside. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Avoid games and activities that require close contact.
  • Avoid frequently touched surfaces and objects. This includes playground equipment like slides and swings.
  • Don’t share equipment such as bicycles, helmets, balls or frisbees.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard the tissue in a closed container.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol:
       * when you return indoors
       * before and after eating
       *after using the restroom
       *after coughing or sneezing
       *after touching surfaces or items that may be contaminated.

If you are sick or had contact with someone who is sick in the last 14 days:
      * You should stay home.
      * You may enjoy spending time in your own backyard or other personal outdoor space but  should not go into public outdoor spaces.