TOPICS
• Self-Attestation for Release from Isolation and Quarantine

• Isolation
• Quarantine
• Special Populations
• Employer-Paid Sick Leave

Onondaga County Health Department follows the most current recommendations and guidance from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for isolation and quarantine. See this helpful flowchart.

NEW online calculator!
Use the helpful tool below to help determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.


Please note that the Q&I Calculator is not for people with COVID-19 who are moderately or severely ill or those who have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised)-they should talk to their doctor about when to end isolation.


Self-Attestation for Release from Isolation and Quarantine
If you test positive, immediately isolate yourself and notify your close contacts and your workplace or school. When you have met the requirements for release from isolation or quarantine, 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:

Attestation Form for Isolation:  English | Spanish
Attestation Form for Quarantine:  English | Spanish

These forms are for your own use, DO NOT submit them to the Health Department. If you do not have access to a printer, email bdccovid19@ongov.net or call 315-435-3236 for a paper form.

 

Isolation
Isolation keeps someone who is infected with COVID-19 away from others. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status must isolate.

  • Isolate for 5 days (where day 0 is the day symptoms started, or day you test positive if asymptomatic).
  • You can end isolation after 5 days if you have remained symptom-free OR if symptoms are resolving and you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. (Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and should not delay the end of isolation.)
  • If your symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, you should wait to end your isolation until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around other people at home and in public for 10 days (where day 0 is the day symptoms started, or day you test positive if asymptomatic).
  • If you are moderately to severely immunocompromised, isolate for 10 days.
  • Individuals not able to wear mask should isolate for 10 days.
  • Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.


Quarantine
Quarantine keeps someone who was exposed to COVID-19 away from others. The following guidance is for anyone who has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19:

  • If you have symptoms, isolate and get tested. If positive, follow isolation guidance. If negative, stay quarantined and test again at 5 days.
  • If you are asymptomatic and up to date on your vaccination (fully vaccinated and boosted when eligible) no quarantine is required. 
  • If you are not fully vaccinated or fully vaccinated and eligible for a booster but not yet boosted, quarantine for 5 days, where day 0 is the last date of exposure. See below for guidance for schools and other specific populations.
  • If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days, no quarantine is required.

Regardless of the need to quarantine, anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 should:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask around other people at home and in public for 10 days (where day 0 is the last day of exposure).
  • If possible, get tested at day 5. If you test positive, isolate according to the guidance above.
  • If symptoms appear, quarantine and seek testing. In this situation, quarantine would end when the test is negative and symptoms are improvi. If testing is not done, isolate according to the guidance above.
  • Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.

 

Special Populations

Schools and Youth: Pre-K to 12
Please see the guidance provided by the NYSDOH.

Childcare Settings
Please see the guidance provided by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. See the recent update on May 31, 2022.

High-Risk Congregate Settings
These include corrections, shelters, group homes, or other residential care settings. Please see the guidance provided by the NYSDOH.

Healthcare Settings
Healthcare settings should follow NYSDOH guidance for healthcare personnel return to work.


Employer Paid Sick Leave

Paid Sick Leave: ny.gov/programs/new-york-paid-sick-leave
Paid Leave for COVID-19: paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/COVID19
Paid Sick Leave for COVID Vaccine Recovery: dol.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/09/psl-and-vaccine-recovery-guidance-9-22-21.pdf

If your employer is not providing you with the required number of COVID-19 sick leave days for COVID-19 quarantine leave, or not properly paying you for the COVID-19 sick leave days, you may file a complaint with the Department of Labor.