If you test positive for COVID-19 you will receive a Health Order of Isolation from Essex County Health Department [if you live in Essex County].
If you are identified as a contact of someone who has COVID-19 you will receive a Health Order of Quarantine from Essex County Health Department [if you live in Essex County].
New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) – Coronavirus Updates – click here
New York State Regional Monitoring Dashboard – click here
NY Forward Reopening Guide – click here
Center for Disease Control (CDC) – Coronavirus – click here
New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) – COVID-19 FAQ – click here
All people should use prevention strategies to reduce their chances of getting any virus, this also pertains to COVID-19.
For more information about how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, visit the New York State Department of Health Coronavirus website at www.health.ny.gov/coronavirus or call the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline: 1-888-364-3065.
Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19 – click here
Elderly and Immune Compromised Individuals – New York State has enacted a law referred to a “Matilda’s Law” which includes guidelines for those over 70 years of age and/or those with compromised immune systems. Guidelines are as follows:
Pregnant Women – With Coronavirus being a new illness, much is unknown as to whether pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick or having a serious illness as a result from COVID-19 than the general public. Additional resources for Pregnant People and their Families is available – click here
Essex County has recently increased diagnostic testing capacity and revised testing guidance to increase testing for frontline workers, including all first responders, health care workers, and essential employees who interact with the public. Testing for COVID-19 shall be authorized by a health care provider for individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:
Antibody Testing – Several locations within the North Country region are able to provide antibody testing. Antibody tests are not diagnostic; negative results do not rule out active current COVID-19 infection. Positive results may be due to past or present infection. Please contact your primary care provider to determine if antibody testing is available and/or appropriate given your situation.
The Essex County Health Department is responsible for issuing and maintaining Isolation and Quarantine orders and subsequently discontinuing those orders, when appropriate.
Anyone placed under an isolation or quarantine order receives daily follow-up and monitoring from the health department. Individuals placed under isolation are currently those with a lab confirmed case or those diagnosed through a clinical evaluation as a suspect case of COVID-19. Individuals placed under quarantine are those with known recent international travel or known close or proximate contact with someone who has a confirmed (via lab test) or suspect case of COVID-19. Individuals who are seen by a healthcare provider for COVID-19 symptoms and receive the recommendation to ”self-isolate” because of suspect COVID-19 or a pending COVID-19 test, should follow these instructions while awaiting test results or further direction from the health department. Self-isolation means:
Ideally, self-isolation should also be adopted by anyone who is living with someone who has symptoms of the Coronavirus.
These are the best tools we have to flatten the curve, reduce the spread, and balance hospital capacity with need, short of testing everyone with symptoms.
New Paid Leave Guidance for those affected by COVID-19 – click here
CDC – Disinfecting your Home if Someone is Sick – click here
Determining Essential vs. Non Essential employees – guidelines – click here