- Monitor your symptoms and contact your health care provider for medical advice. Seek emergent care if you experience an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing).
- See How to Isolate at Home
- (RETURN TO WORK DOCUMENTS)
CLOSE CONTACT OF SOMEONE POSITIVE FOR COVID-19? QUARANTINE
- Quarantine is used to separate people who might have been exposed to the virus and may or may not have been infected.
- If you are a close contact (as defined here)of someone that tests positive for COVID-19, you must follow the Public Health Director's Order for Quarantine and you must quarantine for 10 days past your last contact with the person that tested positive unless you are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms.
- If a person with COVID-19 cannot isolate from a household close contact because of caregiving or other such circumstances, then the close contact would have ongoing/repeated exposures to the person with COVID-19 during their infectious period. Because of this, the contact’s last date of exposure would be the LAST day of the positive person’s isolation period and 10 additional days of quarantine would be required.
- The CDC recommends that unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and fully vaccinated close contacts have a COVID-19 test 5 to 7 days after their last contact with the person that tested positive.
- Use the Temperature Log to log to monitor your temperature.
- Read the NYSDOH Quarantine Guidance for Community Persons Exposed to Covid-19
- Test Out of Quarantine Option (effective 11/29/2021) – in accordance with CDC guidance, a person in quarantine as a close contact to someone with confirmed COVID-19 is allowed to end quarantine after day 7 (i.e., day 8) after receiving a negative test result, as long as the test occurs on day 5 or later of the quarantine period. Such individuals who are released from quarantine early are strongly encouraged to continue to monitor for symptoms and to wear a mask around others for 14 days following their last day of exposure to the person with COVID-19. The Affirmation of Quarantine form (below) can be used by individuals to provide to workplaces, schools or for travel that affirm their own quarantine period. Chautauqua County residents do NOT need to call the Health Department to be released from quarantine. Those testing out of quarantine early should be prepared to show a negative test result if a workplace or school requests it.
- Release from Quarantine Worksheet can be found here: CCHD Option for Release from Quarantine After Day 7 Requirements
- AFFIRMATION OF QUARANTINE - This form may be used for Quarantine Release and for NY Paid Family Leave COVID-19 claims as if it was an individual Order for Quarantine issued by the Chautauqua County Public Health Director.
Please Call your doctor, not the CCDOH, with questions about your own health and for advice on managing symptoms. If you are having trouble breathing or are experiencing severe symptoms, call 9-1-1. Notify 9-1-1 that you are in isolation or quarantine for COVID-19.
Stay Home, Stay Apart
- If you are sick, or waiting for COVID test results, DO NOT GO TO WORK OR SCHOOL: STAY HOME!
- Employers: give employees benefit of doubt when they tell you they need to quarantine.
- We all MUST continue preventive measures:
- Get Vaccinated;
- Wear a mask;
- Wash hands frequently;
- Maintain physical distancing;
- Clean and disinfect surfaces; and
- Try to avoid large gatherings or crowded areas with people outside your household