COVID-19 Positive Individuals

If you have tested positive, New York State Department of Health requires you to isolate for at least 5 days from your onset of symptoms, or from the date of your test if you had no symptoms. 

Madison County Public Health and New York State Public Health are no longer contact tracing.  If you test positive (whether you are tested at a clinic or with an at-home kit), immediately isolate yourself and notify your close contacts and your workplace or school.  When you have met the requirements for release from isolation, you may complete a self-attestation form as legal documentation for your isolation or quarantine and for New York Paid Family Leave COVID-19 claims:

This form is for your own use, DO NOT submit it to the Madison County Health Department.  Please either print and fill out this form for your records or fill out online and save it to your computer. 


NYS Isolation Form


The purpose of isolation is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by restricting the movement and activities of people who are sick with the COVID-19 virus.  

For Madison County, only the Director of Public Health or the Board of Health can order an individual to be placed in and released from 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.  

Important Instructions for COVID-19 Positive Individuals
Take immediate action to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

1. Isolate yourself at home.
Avoid contact with other household members. Do not leave the house unless you have been instructed to visit a health care facility. You can end home isolation if these three conditions are met:

  • It has been at least 5 days since you first experienced symptoms;
  • You have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine, and;
  • Your symptoms are improving.

If you do not experience symptoms, your isolation period is 5 days from the test date. 

**Please refer to NYSDOH Return-to-Work Guidance for Healthcare Personnel** 

2. Notify close contacts.

Please notify all individuals you had close contact with from 2 days before you started having symptoms (or 2 days before your positive test if you have no symptoms) to 5 days after your symptom onset (or test date if asymptomatic). Example timeline below: 
 Isolation graphic 5 days

Persons who have been in contact with someone who is positive and are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should seek testing and isolate themselves immediately. 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. 

3. Monitor your symptoms. 

Monitor your symptoms during the 10-day isolation period. Contact your healthcare provider if symptoms worsen or continue past 10 days. 

If you experience emergency warning signs such as trouble breathing, chest pain or pressure, or difficulty staying awake, seek immediate medical action. If you call 911, please notify them that you tested positive for COVID-19.


Special Populations


K-12 Schools

  • Same isolation and quarantine guidelines as for the general population, except all individuals who are fully vaccinated (students, teachers and staff) who have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 may continue to attend or work at school regardless of booster status, while quarantined outside of school as long as they are asymptomatic.

High-Risk Congregate Setting (correctional facilities, shelters, etc.)

Healthcare Workers 

Employment Status

New York State enacted legislation authorizing paid sick leave for individuals subject to quarantine or isolation order due to COVID-19. Details on the available benefits can be found at

Meeting Personal Needs

In addition to ensuring that shelter requirements are met, health department staff will ensure individuals under isolation will have their social, medical, and mental health needs addressed.


Please visit the New York State Department of Health for more information: