ECDOH COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Documents

How to Report a COVID Positive Employee/Student/Volunteer to the ECDOH

Isolation 
  • 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. 
Quarantine  
  • 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.   
COVID-19 Testing
  • Call the ECDOH at 716-858-2929
  • Call the NYSDOH at 1-888-364-3065 

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. 
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Contact

 

Phone: (716) 858-7690

Fax: (716) 858-8701

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

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