Coronavirus Update – March 16, 2020

Dear Neighbors,

We realize you are being inundated with information, but we wanted you to know we are here and doing our best to get answers to your questions and share some relevant information to help keep you and our community safe. If you can, please check on your elderly neighbors. It appears they are the most vulnerable right now. We will continue to send emails and post information on Town of Ghent website. Be safe and be kind–we need each other right now!

This Thursday, March 19th, the Ghent Town Board workshop/ board meeting is CANCELLED.

There will be no Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals meetings held in April.
Please follow the town’s website for updates on other April meetings:
Ghent Food Pantry—for now, the pantry will be open the same hours: Monday-Thursday 9 am – noon. 518-392-4644
Please make a donation if possible.
Ghent Food Pantry
PO Box 98
Ghent, NY 12075
c/o Ghent Town Hall

Otherwise, non-food needs include disinfectant, paper towels and toilet paper. You can drop off these items and/or a check at Ghent Town Hall. Monday – Thursday 9am-noon

Meals on Wheels will continue delivering meals for now, but the situation is changing daily. Please contact the Columbia County Office of the Aging with questions, or if you, or anyone you know is in need of meal delivery! 518.828.4258

Town offices as of now will be open Monday- Thursday 9am- 12:00pm. If you need after hours assistance please call Clerk Michelle Radley at 518-755-4740. (*Please note – on March 19 this paragraph was changed to the following: Ghent Town Hall is closed to the public. Please call 518.392.4644 during regular business hours or contact Clerk Michelle Radley at 518.755.4740 for after hours assistance.)

There is a lot of information being shared on social media that can be confusing and overwhelming. Below is contact information for our state and county health department, the best sources for local information. Listed are their websites, as well as the informational hotline numbers set up by New York State, and Columbia Memorial Health.

For up to date information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) please consult:

  • Columbia Department of Health website at
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at
  • New York State Coronavirus Information Hotline: 888-364-3065
  • Columbia County Coronavirus Information Hotline: 888-364-3065

Some immediate things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones are keeping your distance from others, cutting down on physical contact like shaking hands, and avoiding large social gatherings.