Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden has announced that due to the continued increase in positive cases of COVID-19, beginning on Monday, December 7th, 2020, operational changes will be implemented across county office buildings.
Greene County’s in-person workforce is being reduced approximately 50% with employees working remotely on a rotational basis for the remainder of 2020 or until further notice. This preventative action will enable all departments to remain functional, lessen the risk of future closures, and ensure that work and vital services will continue. Public access to County Office Buildings are modified based upon specific instructions by each department. For each department’s hours of operations and access requirements, please refer to the county website and call the appropriate phone number before traveling to the building.
“The health and safety of Greene County workers and the residents we serve continues to be our primary concern,” said Greene County Legislature Chair Patrick Linger. “With positive cases on the rise, and expected to increase more during the holiday season, we are taking the steps necessary to protect our employees and the public. Limiting the number of employees and visitors within county office buildings is a necessary, preventative action.”
Since early October, Greene County Public Health has seen a consistent uptick in cases and hospitalizations. Active case rates are showing a significant spread of the virus as people move their activities indoors and gather for holiday events. The Greene County Public Health Department has observed that the virus is now more wide-spread within the county workforce, school systems, and the general public.
Greene County Continuity of Office Operations (COOP) Plan sets out necessary actions as new situations arise, enabling all departments of Greene County Government to continue to deliver the services they provide, protect employees and the general public, and mitigate the risk of new coronavirus infections leading to increased cases of COVID-19.
“The simple truth is,” Linger continued, “Greene County provides vital services to our residents, and we don’t want to have to close any entire department due to infection spread. Through this action, we will be protecting both others and ourselves by limiting opportunities for transmission of the virus.”