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. You will receive your isolation order via email after you complete the below form.
Please note the following:
- If you tested positive at your doctor’s office, urgent care, hospital or other community setting, you may be contacted by a contact tracer. Due to high volume of new cases, we are asking community members to take action themselves, as you may not hear from the Health Department.
- If you tested positive through an at-home test kit without a send-in option, you will not hear from a county or state contact tracer.
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.
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 10 days after your symptom onset (or test date if asymptomatic). Example timeline below:
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.
- 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.)
- CDC recommends a 10-day quarantine for residents, regardless of vaccination and booster status.
- As of 1-13-22, NYSDOH says during periods of critical staffing shortages, facilities may follow the CDC guidance for shortened isolation, in regards to staff returning to work to ensure continuity of operations. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html
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 paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/COVID19.
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: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home.