There is a delay between when some people find out they have a positive COVID test result, when the ECDOH can call them to explain isolation, and when the ECDOH can notify their close contacts of the need to quarantine. Therefore, WE NEED YOUR HELP.
POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?
- ISOLATE AND TELL CLOSE AND HOUSEHOLD CONTACTS TO QUARANTINE. This helps limit the spread of the disease. Fill out the ECDOH Contact Tracing Tool to help you identify contacts.
- Individuals who have been told of a positive COVID test result by their physician, pharmacy, health care facility or laboratory must ISOLATE for 10 days past the onset of symptoms or 10 days past the date of their positive test sample collection (if no symptoms).
- Read and follow the Commissioner's Order for Isolation of a Lab Confirmed COVID-19 Case.
- See How to Isolate at Home.
- Read and follow the Commissioner's Order for Quarantine.
- Close contacts and household members of an individual with a positive test results must QUARANTINE for 10 days past the last date of exposure.
- Close contacts of a positive case should have a diagnostic COVID-19 test about 5 to 7 days after their last date of exposure to the positive case. A negative diagnostic COVID-19 test does not end or shorten the quarantine period.
- Call the ECDOH at 716-858-2929
- Call the NYSDOH at 1-888-364-3065 - The NYSDOH tests 7 days a week
- Go toerie.gov/covidtestsites for a map of testing locations in Erie County
Please Call your doctor, not the ECDOH, with questions about your own health and for advice on managing symptoms. If you are having trouble breathing or are experiencing severe symptoms, call 9-1-1. Notify 9-1-1 that you are in isolation or quarantine for COVID-19.
How to Report a COVID Positive Employee/Student/Volunteer
- Complete and Submit Form to Report an Employee/Student/Volunteer who Tests Positive for COVID-19
- See Flow Chart of Quarantine & Isolation for Businesses and Schools
Isolation & Quarantine Documents and FormsCommissioner's Orders
- Commissioner's Order for Isolation of a Lab Confirmed COVID-19 Case
- Isolation Order Cover Page
- Commissioner's Order for Quarantine
- COVID-19 Isolation Questions & Answers [Languages other than English last updtaed 05/21/2020 (Bengali বাংলা) (Karen) (Nepali नेपाली) (Somali) (Swahili)]
- ECDOH Contact Tracing Tool to help you identify contacts
- Quarantine No Longer Required for Fully Vaccinated Persons or Persons who have Recovered from COVID-19 Infection
- Symptom-Based Strategy to Discontinue Home Isolation for Persons with COVID-19
- NYSDOH Quarantine for Persons Exposed to COVID-19 (12/26/2020)
- NYSDOH Revised Protocols for Personnel in Healthcare and Other Direct Care Settings to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure (Updated 01/07/2021)
- Return to Work Authorization after Isolation for Persons Other Than Nursing Home Employees
- Return to Work Authorization after Isolation for Nursing Home Employees
- Return to Work Authorization after Isolation in languages other than English: (Español) (Karen ) (Arabic عَرَبِيّ) (Bengali বাংলা) (Burmese) (Nepali नेपाली) (Somali) (Swahili)
Support for Basic Needs
- Staying at home for an extended period, especially if one or more people in a household are ill, can make accessing basic needs like food and medicine a challenge.
- See Community Resources for a varity of free resources available to you.
- If you are in isolation or quarantine and need help with basic needs, call 2-1-1 (www.211wny.org).
- People who are unable to safely isolate or quarantine should call 2-1-1 or (716) 858-2929 to ask for assistance
Plasma Donations and COVID Related Studies
- University at Buffalo Plasma Program or call 716-888-4845 or 716-888-4840
- Roswell Park Plasma Program
- University at Buffalo Study: COVID-19 inhaled medication
- University at Buffalo Study: Experimental drugs to prevent the COVID-19 disease from occurring in people who have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus
- University at Buffalo Study: To determine the safety of an exploratory drug in COVID patients
- What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (CDC)
- What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (CDC)
- Cleaning and Disinfection for Households (CDC)
- SAMHSA – Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health