County Executive Ryan Announces Plan to Significantly Limit Access to County Buildings and Increase Remote Staffing

Posted November 19, 2020

Starting Monday, access to Ulster County Government Buildings will be significantly limited with the Department of Motor Vehicles moving to by-appointment service only

Ulster County in-person workforce to be limited to essential staff plus 25% additional support staff until January 1st 

Remote working procedures have been established to ensure services and work will continue remotely 

KINGSTON, N.Y. –  Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan today announced that due to a continued increase in positive cases of COVID-19, starting on Monday, access to Ulster County Government Buildings will be significantly limited, with the Department of Motor Vehicles moving to by-appointment service only. Additionally, Ulster County’s in-person workforce will be limited to essential staff plus 25% additional support staff until January 1st. Employees will continue to work remotely to ensure that work and vital services will still be delivered. 

“The health and safety of the 1,400 individuals who work for Ulster County, along with the tens of thousands of residents that we serve is of utmost importance to me,” County Executive Pat Ryan said. “As our positive cases increase, we are leading by example. I ask all of those in the community who are able to work remotely to start to do so. Taking these steps now will play a major role in how hard the second wave will hit Ulster County.”

Today, County Executive Pat Ryan joined neighboring County Executives in Dutchess, Orange, and Putnam Counties to urge residents to make preparations and to continue to enforce COVID-19 precautions. In addition, on Monday, County Executive Pat Ryan announced the county’s new mobile rapid response team including a rapid mobile testing vehicle. The new rapid testing capability will bolster Ulster County’s rapid response plan. The bus, equipped with four rapid testing machines and staffed by public health nurses, will be dispatched to high-risk locations identified as potential clusters in order to screen out positives as quickly as possible.

Since early October, Ulster County has seen a consistent uptick in cases and hospitalizations. Ulster County’s hospitalization rate is at the highest it has been since early May, and active case rates are at the highest point since early-June. 

For additional information about COVID-19 visit: https://ulstercountyny.gov/coronavirus

Ulster County COVID-19 Hotline: 845-443-8888

845-443-8888 NYS Coronavirus Information Hotline: 888-364-3065

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