Quarantine and Isolation

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 (by home test kit):

  • Step 1: You need to isolate yourself  from others (at your home) for 5 days and wear a well-fitted mask around others. NYS counties are no longer tracking home tests.  
  • Step 2: However, please stop the spread and let your others know you cannot do your daily activities (even if you do not feel sick). NYS is using this self-report/attestation form of Isolation for employment and other needs to document your isolation. You can complete online, then print and send, and email to your employer. If you don’t have email or a printer/scanner, take a photo from a cell phone, see if a friend with email and a printer can help you or contact your local library.  
  • Step 3: Please follow additional steps for isolation such as contacting those you have been around for the previous 3 days.  If you have other questions, please review the NYS site or contact Livingston County Public Health, 585-243-7270. 

If you were exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19:

  • Step A: Please continue to visit the CDC website about length of time to quarantine. If you become positive for COVID-19, please follow the above. 
  • Step B: Please stop the spread. NYS is using this this self-report/attestation form of quarantine. You can complete online, then print and send, and email to your employer. If you don’t have email or a printer/scanner, take a photo from a cell phone, see if a friend with email and a printer can help you or contact your local library. 

Click here to visit the New York State website if the above forms are not downloading properly.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Isolation ends after 5 full days when you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved (However, loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and isolation can end even when those symptoms linger). 
  2. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever has resolved for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  3. If you had COVID-19 symptoms and were hospitalized, follow the instructions of your healthcare provider.
  4. After leaving your isolation, you must continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. Wearing a well-fitting mask following isolation will decrease the small risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission to others. Respirators (e.g., N95 masks) are a useful option for personal protective equipment to protect people from exposures in specific settings.
  5. Notify your close contacts of their exposure as soon as possible. Your close contacts should follow the steps  (A & B above) and may need to self-quarantine.