Isolation and Quarantine

Affirmation Forms:

Affirmation of Isolation

Affirmation of Quarantine


Updated Guidance for COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine 

Adopted from guidance issued on May 31, 2022 from:
New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Isolation for the General Population 

Isolation keeps someone who is infected/positive 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).
  • Seek healthcare as needed as treatment options for COVID-19 may be appropriate. 
  • 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 others at home during your isolation. At the end of your 5 day isolation period, you must wear a mask when around others and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10). 
  • Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high-risk for severe disease and nursing homes or other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days. 

Isolation for Special Populations and Congregate Settings 

  • If you are moderately to severely immunocompromised, isolate for 10 days.
  • Individuals not able to wear mask (children under 2 years-old) should isolate for 10 days.
  • High-Risk Congregate Settings:
    • Residents must isolate for 10 days. 
    • Staff should follow the isolation guidelines for the general population, but should not return to work until after day 10 (where day 0 is the day of symptom onset or day of positive test if asymptomatic).

Quarantine for the General Population 

Quarantine keeps someone who was exposed to COVID-19 away from others. If you have been in close contact with/exposed to someone with COVID-19, quarantine as follows, where day 0 is the last date of exposure.

  • If not vaccinated OR not up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations*, quarantine for 5 days.
  • If up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations*, no quarantine is required.
  • If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days, no quarantine is required.

*See vaccination definitions in the tables below.

If the positive individual is living in a house with others then the quarantined person (s) will have ongoing exposure until the infected person is no longer contagious. In this situation, quarantine for the uninfected person continues throughout the isolation period of the individual(s) with COVID-19 and 5 days beyond the last day the infected individual(s) are on isolation

Quarantine for Special Populations and Congregate Settings 

  • Individuals not able to wear mask (children under 2 years-old) should quarantine for 10 days.
  • If you are moderately to severely immunocompromised, quarantine for 10 days
  • High-Risk Congregate Settings:
    • Residents must quarantine for 10 days. 
    • Staff should follow the quarantine guidelines for the general population, but should not return to work until after day 10 (where day 0 is the day of symptom onset or day of positive test if asymptomatic).

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

  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 10 days (where day 0 is the last date of your 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. 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 or other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days. 

Vaccination Definitions and Recommendations: COVID Vaccine Guidance for Children Under 11 as of 7.15.22

COVID Vaccine Guidance for Children 12 - 17 as of 7.15.22

Vaccination Guidance Adults 18-49yo 8.9.22

Vaccination Guidance Adults 50 plus 8.9.22

Additional Dose for Some Immunocompromised People

Some moderately or severely immunocompromised people ages 5+ should get an additional dose of vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated. If you are eligible, you should get this additional dose before you get a booster shot. Consult with your healthcare provider for further guidance.

For more information, visit the CDC website.