Find a testing site near you- covid19screening.health.ny.gov

List of Local Test Sites- COVID-19 Testing sites 8-2-21


Follow this link for CDC mask recommendations. – CDC Mask Recommendations


Follow this link to submit COVID-19 home self- test. –  SELF-TEST FORM


Important Information Updated January 18, 2022

Columbia County Department of Health (CCDOH) follows CDC’s contact tracing guidance during times of high burden.

If you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19, it’s important that you know the steps to follow to protect yourself and those around you, and to reduce the spread of the virus in your community.

This means if you test positive for COVID-19 or are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you may NOT get a call from a county or state COVID-19 case investigator.

  • Learn what you should do if you test positive for COVID-19;
  • Learn what you should do if you are exposed to COVID-19;
  • Learn more about isolation and your responsibilities;
  • Access the ready-made resources.

New York State COVID-19 Guidance

CDC’s Isolation and Exposure Calculator

COVID-19 Treatment Information:
If you test positive for COVID-19 and do not have a regular healthcare provider, you can be evaluated for treatment by either:
calling 1-888-TREAT-NY, OR
visiting the NYS COVID-19 ExpressCare Therapeutics Access Website : (link: https://nys.expresscare.video/landing )


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.

If you test positive for COVID-19:

 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.


If you were exposed to COVID-19:

If you were exposed to the virus that causes 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.

Wear a mask as soon as you find out you were exposed

Start counting from Day 1

  • Day 0 is the day of your last exposure to someone with COVID-19
  • Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure
You can still develop COVID-19 up to 10 days after you have been exposed
Take Precautions

Wear a high-quality mask or respirator (e.g., N95) any time you are around others inside your home or indoors in public 1

  • Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask. For travel guidance, see CDC’s Travel webpage.

Take extra precautions if you will be around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.


Watch for symptoms

If you develop symptoms

If your test result is positive, follow the isolation recommendations.

Get tested at least 5 full days after your last exposure

Test even if you don’t develop symptoms.

If you already had COVID-19 within the past 90 days, see specific testing recommendations.


Continue taking precautions through day 10

  • Wear a high-quality mask when around others at home and indoors in public

You can still develop COVID-19 up to 10 days after you have been exposed.


Isolate immediately

*About negative test results

As noted in the Food and Drug Administration labeling for authorized over-the-counter antigen tests, negative test results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions, including infection control decisions.