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I tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do?

If you test positive for COVID-2019, you should isolate yourself from other household and/or family members (those who live with you). Isolation is mandated until further notice. In addition, your household and/or family members should also remain at home under quarantine. This is also a mandatory requirement.

You should communicate to any close contacts you are aware of since the day you were symptomatic and 48 hours prior to symptom onset regarding your illness. You can refer them to this site: www.suffolkcountyny.gov/suffolkcovid.

Advise your contacts that they are on mandatory quarantine and should monitor their temperature and symptoms for fourteen days from the date of last contact. Close contacts should call their medical provider if they start to feel ill.

A close contact is defined as being within six feet of a person displaying symptoms of COVID- 2019 or someone who has tested positive of COVID-2019 for a prolonged period of time (ten minutes or more). A close contact may be less than ten minutes someone who has tested positive coughed or sneezed on you.

If you are a healthcare worker or essential employee, your isolation requirements may vary and you may be able to return to work if you meet certain conditions. Please consult with your employer regarding those requirements.

Isolation means you must stay separate from others to prevent the possible spread of COVID- 2019.

  • You must stay at your residence during the period you are isolated.
  • You can live with other family members in your home, but you must stay in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom until the isolation period is over. Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when you have to be in common areas of the house.
  • You will need to take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day: in the morning and later in the day, and record your temperature on a sheet of paper or electronically.
  • Call your doctor if you are feeling ill with symptoms like fever, cough, or shortness of breath.Go to the emergency room if you are having trouble breathing. You should wear a mask if going to doctor’s office or hospital. Call ahead to let the facility know that you have COVID-2019.
  • During this period, you should avoid close contact for social or dining activities. Food should be delivered to your individual quarters.
  • If you have a true emergency, call 911 and let the person that answers know that you are under isolation for novel coronavirus.
  • If you have any questions or if you need assistance with daily living (e.g. food, laundry, etc.), please call 311.
  • If you have concerns about your employment status, SCDHS can provide you with a letter asking your employer to excuse you from work.
  • You will be advised by the SCDHS in consultation with the New York State Department tion period will end. When your symptoms resolve, you should contact the SCDHS to review ending the isolation period. Call 311 and ask to speak with a public health nurse regarding end of isolation period.

I had contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-2019. What do I do?

If you were in close contact with someone who has tested positive, and that contact was while they were symptomatic or 48 hours prior to being symptomatic, you will need to quarantine yourself for fourteen (14) days from the last date of contact. This a mandatory requirement.

A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet. of a person displaying symptoms of COVID- 2019 or someone who has tested positive of COVID-2019 for a prolonged period of time (ten minutes or more). A close contact may be less than ten minutes if someone who has tested positive coughed or sneezed on you.

Quarantine means you must stay separate from others in the community for a total period of 14 days from the day of contact to prevent the possible spread of Covid-19 illness.

If you are a healthcare worker or essential employee, your quarantine requirements may vary and you may be able to return to work if certain conditions are met. Please consult with your employer regarding those requirements.

  • You must stay at your residence all the time, during the period you are quarantined. You should avoid having company at your residence, and keep a log (list of names, phone number, and addresses) of anyone who goes into or out of your residence while you are under quarantine. Others in your residence are not restricted from their activities.
  • You will need to take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day: in the morning and later in the day, and record your temperature in a temperature log.
  • You can live with other family members in your home, but you should sleep in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom until the quarantine period is over.
  • During this time period, you should avoid close contact of social and dining activities. Food should be delivered to your individual quarters.
  • You may walk outside your house on your own property, but should not come within six feet of neighbors or other members of the public. You must refrain from walking in your neighborhood.
  • Symptoms of Covid-19 include: fever, cough, and / or shortness of breath. If you develop any of these symptoms, you should put on a face mask immediately to prevent other people in your household from becoming sick.
  • If you have a true emergency, call 911 and let the person that answers know that you are under quarantine for Covid-19.
  • If you have any questions or if you need assistance with daily living (e.g. food, laundry, etc.), you can call 311 and ask for assistance.
  • If you have concerns about your employment status, SCDHS can provide you with a letter asking your employer or school to excuse you from work or school.

When can I end my isolation?

If you tested positive for COVID-19 and have come to the end of your isolation period, you will need approval from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services to end isolation. At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
  • If you are immunocompromised, testing may be needed.
  •  If you tested positive for COVID-19 and need a letter from the Suffolk County Health Department Services to end your isolation, please visit https://health.suffolkcountyny.gov/covidreleaseletters.

When can I end my quarantine

To end the quarantine period you must meet all the criteria listed below

  1. It has been at least 14 days since you had close and prolong contact with a person who was infected with covid-19
  2. You have not experienced fever, cough or shortness of breath during last 14 days
  3. You have not tested positive for covid-19 during this period

Please note if you are an essential employee or healthcare worker, you may return to work before the end of your isolation period and may not need a letter from SCDHS. You must continue to wear a face mask while at work for 14 days following the onset of illness. For more information, please see protocols below.

Protocols for Essential Personnel to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure of Infection

Protocols for Healthcare Personnel in Healthcare and Other Direct Care Settings to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure or Infection


SCDHS-COVID19-Guidance-and-Services

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