COVID Alert NY App

New York launched a new Exposure Notification App so New Yorkers can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and receive exposure alert notifications without compromising privacy or personal information.

Community Drive-Thru Flu Clinics

The Columbia County Department of Health has received the seasonal flu vaccine and has scheduled community drive-thru clinics for all Columbia County residents 2 years and older who would like a flu shot. Pre-registration is required to receive your Flu shot on the date you want to attend. If you do not register ahead of time, you cannot be vaccinated at that clinic. A separate registration form must be completed for each individual. Photo ID is required for each adult vaccinated.

Caregiver Wellness Virtual Program for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

This program is for the Caregivers of a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementias. This program will feature breathing exercises, creative visualization meditation and tips on reducing caregiver stress.

Emergency Alert Change to NY Alert

Columbia County is changing its mass emergency alert system to the system provided by New York State known as NY Alert. Currently, all disaster, weather-related and other emergency warnings and alerts for county residents are provided by the Code Red mass alert system. After extensive research by County 911 Director Rob Lopez, he and Emergency Management Director David Harrison, Jr., have recommended to the county Board of Supervisors that Columbia County make the change, rather than renew the annual contract with Code Red. County residents are advised to visit www.alert.ny.gov/enroll to register for NY Alert cell phone and email alerts.

Emergency Alert Change to NY Alert

Columbia County is changing its mass emergency alert system to the system provided by New York State known as NY ALERT.

Limited Supply of Free Liquid Hand Sanitizer and Face Masks for Ghent Residents

The Town has a limited amount of LIQUID hand sanitizer and face masks (NOT MEDICAL GRADE) to distribute for free to Ghent residents who have been unable to obtain them elsewhere. Both will be distributed on Saturday, April 25th, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm (or until we run out) in the parking lot of Ghent Town Hall.

The Ghent Food Pantry is Open

The Ghent Food Pantry is open Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-Noon. No paperwork is required. We have placed a table on the porch of the Town Hall with a grocery order on it and an ice chest has the meat, eggs, oleo etc. for that order. The Pantry puts a milk card in each order. There is also a packet of cleaning supplies. The table will be right inside the door in inclement weather.

Notice to Ghent Residents: 2nd Distribution of Hand Sanitizer

The Town has a limited amount of LIQUID hand sanitizer to distribute for free to Ghent residents who have been unable to obtain it elsewhere. The hand sanitizer will be distributed on Saturday, April 4th, from 12:00 pm – 2:00pm (or until we run out) in the parking lot of Ghent Town Hall.

Notice to Ghent Residents re Hand Sanitizer Distribution

The Town has a limited amount of LIQUID hand sanitizer to distribute for free to Ghent residents who have been unable to obtain it elsewhere. The hand sanitizer will be distributed on Wednesday, April 1st, from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm (or until we run out) in the parking lot of Ghent Town Hall.

Be Prepared. Not Scared.

This is an unsettling time for our country and our community, as we are in a public health emergency due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Your elected leaders and public health officials are working around the clock to slow the spread of the virus and provide care to those who need it. It is important to remember that we need to be prepared, not scared. Heed the advice of public health experts who agree that the most effective way to “flatten the curve,” or slow the spread of the virus, is to practice social distancing.