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Isolation/Quarantine 101


Isolation: For Those Who Tested Positive

Report a Positive Home COVID-19 Test Here

Report a Positive Laboratory COVID-19 Test Here

  • You isolate when you are sick or you have tested positive, even if you don’t have symptoms.

I just tested positive for COVID, what should I do?

If you have tested positive on a lab test or a home test, New York State Department of Health requires you to isolate for at least 5 days from your onset of symptoms, or from the date of your test if you had no symptoms.

Step 1.  Isolate yourself away from others, including household members. Do not leave the house unless seeking medically necessary treatment. You may leave isolation after five days if you are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine, and your symptoms are improving.

Step 2.  Notify any close contacts. These are people
who were less than 6 feet away from an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Please use the calendar below to determine your infectious period. It includes the two days before your symptoms started and all five days of your isolation period.
Calender*image from Madison County website

Step 3.  Monitor your symptoms and notify your primary care provider of your positive test. Contact your healthcare provider if symptoms worsen or continue past 10 days and call 911 for medically emergent symptoms such as difficulty breathing or chest pain.

To report your COVID positive test and receive isolation paperwork please click here


Quarantine:

  • You quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus and may or may not have been infected.
  • Close Contact: Someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period

I was exposed to someone who was positive, what should I do?


Individuals exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 may be subject to a quarantine. 

  • If not fully vaccinated or fully vaccinated and eligible for a booster but not yet boosted, quarantine for 5 days and wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional 5 days. 

  • If fully vaccinated and boosted (with the booster at least 2 weeks before the first date of exposure) or not yet eligible for a booster, no quarantine is required but these individuals should wear a well-fitting mask while around others for 10 days after the last date of exposure.

  • If possible, test at day 5 with either a PCR or antigen test. If symptoms appear, quarantine and seek testing. In this situation, quarantine would end when the test is negative.

Calculating Quarantine:

If not fully vaccinated or fully vaccinated and eligible for a booster but not yet boosted Quarantine for at least 5 days

  • Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days
  • Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home
  • Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
After quarantine

  • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.
  • Take precautions until day 10 - Wear a well fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public, avoid travel and those who are high risk
If fully vaccinated and boosted No quarantine

  • You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.
  • Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
 After Quarantine

  • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you  last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.
  • Take precautions until day 10 - Wear a well fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public, avoid travel and those who are high risk

To report your COVID exposure and receive quarantine paperwork please click here


What should I do about time off from work?

New York State enacted legislation authorizing paid sick leave for individuals subject to quarantine or isolation order due to COVID-19. Details on the available benefits can be found at paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/COVID19.


For Official New York State Department of Health guidance please click HERE