Public Health & Nursing

By partnering with the family and community, Washington County Public Health Service has a commitment to maximize the quality of life for all – through intervention to eliminate the causes of poor health, education to improve health of families and the community and provision of support necessary to maintain a healthy Washington County.

Washington County Annex Building (click image for directions)

Washington County Annex Building

Public Health Reports

Coronavirus Vaccine Information

In the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution plan,
Albany Med
has been designated at the Capital Region Hub of the Regional Vaccine Network for the capital region, which includes Washington County. Albany Med has developed an informational site which has information related to the following topics:
- Vaccine Info, including Vaccine Q&A
- Who's eligible and when?
- Volunteering to Support Vaccine Distribution
You can find their site here: 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Medical professionals will be needed over the next months to staff our PODs (vaccination clinics). This is an excellent opportunity to be part of an historic effort to vaccinate one million Capital Region residents. 

Questions? Email 

What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Click the link below to learn more:

COVID Testing

We have been getting a lot of calls lately asking for COVID testing sites.  

You can try your Primary Care Provider or check out NYSDOH's COVID Testing site page. You can search for sites near your zipcode.

Rabies Clinic Scheduled- By Appointment Only

Washington County Public Health will hold a "Drive-Thru" Rabies Clinic By Appointment Only on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the Washington County DPW (Building #203) at the Municipal Complex, 399 Broadway, , Fort Edward, NY.

You MUST Register for the clinic:  Registration will take place March 10th-March 12th, 8:30am-3:30pm by calling 518-746-2411 or emailing name & contact number to to leave a message for an appointment. (A confirmation email with appointment time will be sent back.) 

Registration will end on March 12th at 3:30pm or sooner, if appointments are filled before then. 


  • You MUST have a scheduled appointment.  (Confirmation will be send to email.) 
  • After appointment is scheduled, Pet owners must provide proof of previous vaccination to Public Health before March 17th.  Proof of previous rabies vaccination is required to get a 3-year rabies certificate, otherwise a 1-year rabies certificate will be issued.
  • Pet owners must wear a mask at all times.
  • Pet owners should not arrive more than 5 minutes before their scheduled appointment time.
  • Pet owners must stay in their vehicles until instructed otherwise. (Cannot get out to walk pet around and pet(s) should relieve themselves prior to arriving at clinic site.)
  • All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.

Click Here for a PDF of Picture Below

Rabies Clinic 3-2021 Notice


COVID-19 Incubation Timeline

The timeline below is from Michigan's District Health Department #10. 

It shows the importance of staying home, even if you've been tested after an exposure. 

Have COVID Questions? 

Individuals who have questions about COVID or about eligibility/access for testing should call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website: 

Looking for a Testing Site?

You can search for testing sites new your by Zipcode at the NYSDOH website: Find a Testing Site Near You


Boiling Water and Emergency Disinfection

Information for Consumers

Boiling water is a very effective way to disinfect unsafe water and make it ready to drink, and the public may be directed to boil their water if a condition occurs that could contaminate drinking water with microbiological organisms. Boiling water sounds simple enough, but protecting yourself and your family can be more complicated than it first appears.

Basic Information for All Consumers

FAQ for Residents and Homeowners

Checklist for Residents and Homeowners (PDF, 155KB, 2pg)

Disinfecting Water at Home

COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.  The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. 

Visit Washington County Department of Public Safety-Coronavirus-Information for the most up to date information in Washington County.

This is a rapidly changing situation.  You can check the  New York State Novel Coronavirus page and the CDC Novel Coronavirus Page for State and National updates.

If you have questions about the Coronavirus, you can call the New York State Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

The availability of COVID-19 testing in our area is extremely limited at this time, the numbers reflected in our statistics (on our Coronavirus Information page) are low due to a very small amount of tests being administered due to the lack of test kits and testing capabilities in our area. Please know that COVID-19 is in our area, the best way to protect yourself and your family is to follow the guidance, exercise social distancing, wash your hands and STAY HOME.

Get Flu Shot Now Flyer PIC

Reopening NY

In accordance with Governor Cuomo's announcement and the NY Forward Reopening Plan for Gyms / Fitness Centers, Washington County's Public Health and Public Safety departments will be coordinating with our local fitness centers as they prepare to open for business.
Washington County has developed a comprehensive process for our local Gyms / Fitness Centers to move forward, continuing to focus on the safety and health of our communities - the process is detailed (with documents available) on our Coronavirus Information site here at under Gym / Fitness Center Reopening Information.

Find guidance for reopening for other Phases and Businesses here:

NYS Forward Gym Guidelines


2-1-1 is the one number to call to find or give help in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties.

2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number to call for free and confidential community referral that connects callers with resources providing food, shelter, rent assistance, clothing, child care options and other types of community assistance. Trained referral specialists are multi-lingual and available to help individuals find the help they need.

Whatever the need, the 2-1-1 Call Center has the information and expertise to make the right connections.

New York State Office of Mental Health COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline  

Are you experiencing anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency? Office of Mental health is there to help.

OMH Call
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Addiction and Support

Addiction doesn’t take time off, and neither does the Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS). If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction to alcohol, substances, or gambling, treatment is available all across New York State. 

Smoking/vaping or the use of opioids or methamphetamines have an affect on your lungs.  Continued use can make some NYers more vulnerable if exposed to COVID-19.

Call New York State’s Hopeline at 1-877-846-7369. Text: 467369. 

The Hopeline is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. 

All calls are toll-free, anonymous and confidential. 

Hopeline staff can answer your questions and help you find treatment in your area. Information and resources are also available on their website:

Economic Development

The Economic Development has posted important information related to State and Federal business help during CV-19 on their web page:

Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative

The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to providing free support services to caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and Washington Counties is continuing to support and provide services to caregivers through alternative methods. Teleconferences, video chats, and telephone support are being offered for support groups, care consultations, and educational workshops.

Caregivers who are looking for support are encouraged to contact their Care Navigator for more information. Click here to visit the initiative’s website for a contact list.

Clinic cancelled until futher notice 4-2-2020
We Have Safety Vests

Washington County Public Health has partnered with local EMS, Police and Fire Departments to provide Reflective Safety Vests to Washington County Residents.

You are more likely to be seen when wearing a reflector than any color clothing. (See Chart for Colors and distances.)

Click here to get the Safety Vest Program:Safety Vest Program Flyer

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All-Hazards Volunteer Program

Washington County has joined forces with New York State Department of Health, creating a Public Health All-Hazards Volunteer Program.
This program will train volunteers to assist Public Health efforts in response, mitigation, and recovery for disasters which may pose a threat to human health. 
To register for the Public Health All-Hazard Volunteer Program, go to
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