ECDOH COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Documents

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.



  • 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. 

COVID-19 Testing

  • Call the ECDOH at 716-858-2929
  • Call the NYSDOH at 1-888-364-3065 -  The NYSDOH tests 7 days a week
  • Go 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 

Isolation & Quarantine Documents and Forms 

Commissioner's Orders 
Isolation Questions & Answers and Contact Tracing Tool
Affirmation (Used for NY Paid Family Leave COVID-19 Claims) 
Release from Quarantine/Isolation & Return to Work  
Flow Chart 
Temperature Log

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 (
  • 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

Additional Information

Frequently Requested



Phone: (716) 858-7690

Fax: (716) 858-8701

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

ECDOH Locations