Quarantine and Isolation

The purpose of isolation and quarantine is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by restricting the movement and activities of people who are sick, suspected of being sick, or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

For Madison County, only the Director of Public Health or the Board of Health can order an individual to be placed in or released from quarantine or isolation. The Madison County Department of Health (MCDOH) recommends that people who get tested for COVID-19 should self-quarantine until they receive test results if they have symptoms or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.  

Madison County Isolation and Quarantine Guidance Updated as of January 7, 2022

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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. The Health Director will immediately issue a public health order for Mandatory Isolation. For more information about isolation and how to report a positive test (including at-home test kits), please click here. 

Quarantine info for Exposures

Individuals exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 may be subject to a quarantine. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to COVID-19 to see if they become sick. 

  • Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine; however, they should wear a mask around others for 10 days from last exposure. 
    • You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and are not yet eligible for a booster
  • Unvaccinated individuals should quarantine for 5 days and then continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. 
    • This includes individuals who are vaccinated, however are eligible for a booster but have not yet received the booster dose at least two weeks before date of exposure.

Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 should monitor themselves for symptoms and seek testing immediately if any develop. It is recommended that individuals without symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 5-7 days from the last day of exposure to positive case. For more information, please click here. 

For additional information, please visit the NYS Dept. of Health: ny.gov/isolation-quarantine-guidance 

For FAQ on Isolation and Quarantine for schools from NYS Dept. of Health: ny.gov/isolation-quarantine-guidance-FAQ

For FAQ on Isolation and Quarantine for employers from NYS Dept. Health: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2022/01/CT_FAQ%20for%20Employers_01.13.22_0.pdf