Playgrounds Closed & Message to Sherrill Residents

The Governor has imposed additional restrictions related to COVID19.  Parks and open spaces are still considered “essential”. However playgrounds and other areas of congregation where social distancing cannot be abided are not. Following the Gov. order, the City has posted our “playgrounds” as closed. Open space areas in parks may still be used as long as proper social distancing is practiced.


A message to the Residents of the City of Sherrill,

As Mayor, it is my responsibility to provide leadership to you and the employees of our great City.  Unfortunately, in our past, we’ve experienced situations that have rattled our community, but we’ve also witnessed unparalleled compassion and consideration for our neighbors in need when these events unfolded. I’m confident that this event will be no different, and our community will rally amongst one another during this COVID-19 crisis.

Today we have declared a State of Emergency for the City of Sherrill. This is not to escalate fear amongst residents but to follow the lead of Oneida County and New York States.  A state of emergency provides the City with the powers necessary to coordinate and implement plans aimed at protecting its residents and property during a crisis situation.

City Hall and the CAC will remain closed to the public until further notice. Residents can call or e-mail the appropriate city department for all inquiries. Contact information is available on the City website or by calling City Hall at 315-363-2440.

These are unprecedented times and the information changes on the hour. Our dedicated administration and staff are working hard to follow the news from the State and County.  It is responsible for all of us to remain calm and make decisions based on facts from credible sources like the Oneida County Health Dept, State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Here are a few tips to keep you safe.

With the information we know today, practicing social distancing to prevent and at least slow the spread of the virus is prudent. Social distancing is a non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI) whereby people reduce their risk of contact with infected individuals by creating and using ways to increase the distance between people in settings where people commonly come into close contact (within 6 feet) with others. Avoid gatherings of people where close contact with others is a natural. Everyone should practice the following healthy habits and NPI’s to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you’re sick and avoid close contact with others.

If you’re concerned that you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and are showing mild symptoms such as fever, respiratory distress, aches and pains you should do the following:

  •  Stay Home and self-quarantine
  • Call your healthcare provider.  DO NOT go to the emergency room, urgent care or doctor’s office.
  • After contacting your health care provider, they may direct you to an Oneida County drive through testing location in Utica or Rome.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, then you should get medical attention immediately.  These signs may include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath (respiratory distress), persistent pain or pressure in chest, confusion or blush lips and face.  This is not all inclusive.  Please consult with your health care provider for any other severe symptoms or concerns.

Older adults or people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from this illness.  Those at higher risk for serious illness should contact their healthcare provider early, even if illness is mild.

COVID-19 will have physical, social, emotional and economic impacts to our community, but I also know that in time, life as we know it, will return to normal.

The City will continue to monitor this situation and will utilize social media, email and our website to keep our residents up to speed with information as we receive it from reliable sources.  Please take care of yourself and your family during this trying time.  Stay healthy and safe.


William Vineall, Mayor

May 31st, 2020|
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