Isolation & Quarantine Instructions & Orders

COVID 19 Updated Isolation & Quarantine – As of 5/31/2022

New York State has implemented significant changes in contact tracing and case investigation procedures. Contact tracing and case investigation is no longer being conducted by NYS or Public Health. You will not receive a phone call from NYS or Public Health if you have tested positive as the transition to self-responsibility to isolate after receiving a positive test result has started.  Although guidance has been updated, the basics of staying home as a positive or close contact has remained the same. 

 Positive Test for COVID, regardless of vaccination status:

  • If you have tested positive, you will not receive a phone call from NYS or Public Health. 
  • You will be self-responsible to print off your affirmation of isolation order if you need one to provide to your employer for the New York Paid Family Leave COVID 19. See below to print off this New York State document. 
  • If you test positive using a home test, you do not need to report it to Public Health. 
  • Call your Healthcare Provider to see if you are eligible for an oral anti-viral medication to help prevent severe illness. 
  • Individuals who test positive must remain at home and isolate for five days starting the first day of your symptom onset or, if no symptoms, the day of your COVID test. 
  •  Stay away from household members and use a separate bathroom if available.  Wear a well-fitting mask when it is not possible to be separate from others in the home. 
  • Notify your contacts of exposure: Include people who live in your home, and people who may have visited, school/work, or anyone providing in-home services.  Refer them to this website to obtain their quarantine order. 
  • If you have no symptoms or symptoms are resolving at the end of day 5, your isolation can end. You must be able to wear a well-fitted mask around others for 5 additional days. If you cannot wear a mask or are moderately to severely immunocompromised, you need to stay in isolation for 5 more days (total of 10 days). 
  • If your symptoms do not improve or worsen, please call your Healthcare Provider.  If it is a medical emergency, call 911. 

Click Here to Print your Isolation Order from New York State Department of Health 

For more information and FAQ's on Isolation, please visit the NYSDOH Website

Close Contacts:

If you are exposed to COVID AND have received all CDC recommended COVID 19 vaccine doses, including booster(s) if eligible  or have had confirmed COVID 19 within in last 90 days, you do not have to quarantine. Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days starting with the date of your last exposure. If you develop symptoms, quarantine and get tested.  It is recommended you get tested 5 days after the date of last close contact. 

 Anyone who is not vaccinated or has not completed a primary vaccine series or is eligible for a booster shot (1st or 2nd), but has not received it yet, and have been exposed to someone with COVID 19, you need to do the following: 

  • You will not receive a phone call from New York State or Yates County Public Health.  
  • It will be a self-responsibility to quarantine. 
  • You must stay at home away from others and quarantine for five days from the date of your most recent exposure to the positive case. You must also wear a well-fitted mask for an additional five days or should remain quarantined for 10 days if they are unable to wear a mask or are moderately to severely immunocompromised.
  • If you develop symptoms, please isolate yourself away from others and get tested.  
  • You are self-responsible in printing off your affirmation of quarantine order  if you need one to provide to your employer for the New York Paid Family Leave COVID 19. See below to print off this New York State document.  

Click Here to print your Quarantine Order from New York State Department of Health

For more information and FAQ's on Quarantine, please visit the NYSDOH Website