PLEASE NOTE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on Friday, March 1, 2024. This website has not yet been modified to reflect this new guidance.

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 exposures.

If you test positive, immediately isolate yourself and notify any close contacts and your workplace or school. 

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

Please note that the 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
When you have met the requirements for release from isolation you may complete a self-attestation form as documentation for your isolation 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 or call 315-435-3236 for a paper form.

Isolation keeps someone who is infected with COVID-19 away from others. If you test positive for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status, isolate immediately.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you should isolate yourself from others for at least 5 full 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 at least day 10 and discuss your situation further with your healt.
  • If you are sick and suspect you have COVID-19 and are awaiting test results, you should isolate yourself from others, regardless of vaccination status.

The CDC no longer recommends quarantining if you are exposed.
If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, here are the steps that you should take, regardless of your vaccination status or if you have had a previous infection.

Employer Paid Sick Leave
Paid Sick Leave:
Paid Leave for COVID-19: