Isolation and Quarantine

Page updated: September 15, 2022

On August 22, 2022, NYS Department of Health adopted the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations related to COVID-19.

Summary of Recent CDC Recommendation Changes as of 8/11/22

  • Removed the recommendation to cohort
  • Changed recommendation to conduct screening testing to focus on high-risk activities during high COVID-19 Community Level or in response to an outbreak
  • Removed the recommendation to quarantine for most settings (including schools and child care), except in high-risk congregate settings
  • Removed Test to Stay recommendation
  • Added detailed information on when to wear a mask, managing cases and exposures, and responding to outbreaks

Tested positive? Isolate.Download isolation paperwork below:

You tested positive - now what?

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are subject to isolation. Isolation separates people who have tested positive for COVID-19 from others, regardless of if they have symptoms or not, to prevent the spread. 
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Form updated 9/13/22


Do you need to quarantine if you have been exposed but have no symptoms?

Quarantine is no longer recommended for most settings, including home, schools and child care.  Quarantine is recommended for high-risk congregate settings, such as hospitals, jails, and nursing homes.

It is recommended that individuals without symptoms should get tested 5-7 days from the last day of exposure to positive case or get tested immediately if symptoms develop. Learn more about what to do if you were exposed to COVID-19.


What should you do if you have symptoms and are waiting for test results?

It is recommended that you self-quarantine until you receive your test results.  


Has Guidance for K-12 Schools Changed for the 2022-2023 School Year?

Yes, click here for the latest COVID_19 related guidance and information for the 2022-2023 School Year