COVID-19 Isolation Documents

If you are experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID-19, follow these steps and get tested for COVID-19.

  • If you self-test at home, do so in a separate room from others
  • If you test elsewhere, go home and self-isolate within your home. 
  • Follow these instructions from the CDC.
  • If you test positive, follow the steps described below.



ISOLATION- If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, regardless of your vaccination status, follow these steps:

  • Results from tests performed at a pharmacy or laboratory are automatically reported to CCDOH, though it may take several days and be received after you are notified.
  • Isolate
    • Isolate for 5 complete days.
      • See How to Isolate.
      • Day 1 of isolation begins the day after you became symptomatic OR the day after your specimen was collected, if you do/did not have symptoms.
    • You may leave your isolation:
      • After 5 complete days, if you’ve continued to have no symptoms.
      • After 5 complete days, if your symptoms are resolving and you do not have a fever for at least 24 hours, without using fever-reducing medications.
        • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever has resolved for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • After leaving your isolation, you must continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.  Wearing a well-fitting mask following isolation will decrease the small risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission to others. Respirators (e.g., N95s) are a useful option for personal protective equipment to protect people from exposures in specific settings.
  •  Tell your close contacts and household contacts.
  • AFFIRMATION OF ISOLATION – This form may be used together with lab reporting positive test results for Isolation Release and for NY Paid Family Leave COVID-19 claims as if it was an individual Order for Isolation issued by the Director of Public Health for Columbia County. Please note that your employer may still require a PCR test in order to qualify for NY paid leave.
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