How to Report a COVID Positive Employee/Student/Volunteer to the ECDOH
- Complete and Submit Form to Report an Employee/Student/Volunteer who Tests Positive for COVID-19
- If you test positive for COVID-19, you must follow the Commissioner's Order for Isolation of a Lab Confirmed COVID-19 Case (Cover Page Only).
- If you test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate for 10 days past the onset of symptoms. If you don't have symptoms, then you must isolate for 10 days past the date that your test sample was collected.
- Use the ECDOH Contact Tracing Tool to help you identify contacts. 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 notify their close contacts. Therefore, we need your help. Tell your close contacts and household contacts to quarantine. A Department of Health contact tracer will contact positive cases and close contacts with additional instructions.
- See How to Isolate at Home.
- Follow the Symptom-Based Strategy to Discontinue Home Isolation for Persons with COVID-19.
- Complete the Return to Work Authorization after Isolation for Persons Other Than Health Care Settings.
- Use the Temperature Log to log to monitor your temperature (Registro de temperatura en Español).
- Please use your Commissioner’s Order for Isolation to fulfill any workplace, state or federal requirements for COVID-19 leave claims.
- If you are a close contact of someone that tests positive for COVID-19, you must follow the Commissioner's Order for Quarantine.
- If you are a close contact, you must quarantine for 10 days past your last contact with the person that tested positive unless you are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic.
- Unvaccinated close contacts of a positive case should have a diagnostic COVID-19 test about 5 to 7 days after their last contact with the person that tested positive. Vaccinated close contacts of a positive case should have a diagnostic COVID-19 test about 3 to 5 days after their last contact with the person that tested positive.
- Call the ECDOH at 716-858-2929
- Call the NYSDOH at 1-888-364-3065
- Test Site Finder: Find a Test Site Near You
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.
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
- University at Buffalo Study: People who tested COVID Positive through a PCR Test Needed for a Research Study
- 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