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.
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
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
The forms are for your own use, DO NOT submit them to the Health Department. If you do not have access to a printer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315-435-3236 for a paper form.
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.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, or if you’re sick and suspect you have COVID-19 and are awaiting test results, you should isolate yourself from others, regardless of vaccination status.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, you should isolate yourself from others for at least 5 days. If you had mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 and are fever-free after 5 days, you can end isolation and wear a high-quality mask through day 10. But if you had moderate or severe COVID-19 or you are immunocompromised, you should isolate through day 10.
- If you ended isolation but your COVID-19 symptoms recur or worsen, you should restart your isolation period back to day 0.
Quarantine keeps someone who was exposed to COVID-19 away from others. The CDC no longer recommends quarantining if you are exposed. If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 or have been told by a healthcare provider or public health authority that you were exposed, here are the steps that you should take, regardless of your vaccination status or if you have had a previous infection.
On August 11, 2022, the CDC announced streamlined COVID-19 guidelines:
- A change in guidance for exposure if you’re not vaccinated: Instead of quarantining, wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5
- Updated guidelines for isolation, which include avoiding contact with people who may be at high risk until at least 11 days after positive test/symptom onset, and isolating for at least 10 days if you had moderate or severe COVID-19
Schools and Youth: Pre-K to 12
Please see the guidance provided by the NYSDOH and the CDC.
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 should follow NYSDOH guidance for healthcare personnel return to work.
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.