Testing, Travel Advisory, Isolation, Quarantine & More

Find a COVID Test Near Me


Your primary healthcare provider is always the best place to start if you are sick and concerned about your health. Please contact your healthcare provider to determine if COVID testing is right for you based on your individual circumstances, including testing due to upcoming travel. Pharmacies may also offer COVID testing by appointment.

September 23, 2021, 10 AM-2PM, Essex County Health Department is the last day our Department can offer free COVID testing. This is for who are symptomatic or have a known COVID-19 exposure (and are under a current Health Order of Quarantine).

Report Your At-Home/Over-the-Counter Test

The Essex County Health Department is requesting that residents report any positive test results from at-home tests to the department by phone at 518-873-3500 and submitting this form below. Please DO NOT report any tests you have pending through a HealthCare Provider or Pharmacy as we will be notified of those positive results.

Please be ready to report to us:

  1. Who was Tested (First Name Last Name)
  2. Date of Birth
  3. Date Tested
  4. Test Name
  5. Test Lot #
  6. Guardian Name (if applicable)
  7. Phone Number of Person Tested/Guardian
  8. Address of Person Tested/Guardian
  9. Whether this person tested positive in the previous 90 days or not &
  10. Why this person tested for COVID-19.

Some at-home COVID-19 tests are supervised by a lab or medical professional, usually via video chat, and results are either mailed to a lab for processing, or processed at home. If the test syncs to an app or is sent out to a lab, these results are automatically reported. 

Other at-home antigen tests, such as the Binax NOW Self-test, are simple and affordable, but do not include a mechanism to report results into the state’s electronic database.

New York Travel Advisory

Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine as of April 10, 2021. Symptomatic travelers must immediately self-isolate and contact the local health department or their healthcare providers to determine if they should seek COVID-19 testing.

For more information on domestic and/or international travel guidance visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Health Orders of Isolation or Quarantine

Isolation and quarantine orders help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

  • Isolation –  separates ill/infected people with a contagious disease from people who are not ill/infected.
  • Quarantine –  separates and/or restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

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’ because you were exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and you meet New York State exposure criteria, you will receive a Health Order of Quarantine from Essex County Health Department [if you live in Essex County].

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 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:

  • stay at home
  • separate yourself from other members in the home; use a separate bedroom and bathroom
  • do not go to work, school or public areas
  • do not use public transport like buses, trains, or taxis
  • avoid visitors to your home

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.

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All people should use prevention strategies to reduce their chances of getting any virus, this also pertains to COVID-19.

  • Stay home if you are sick. Call your health care provider for additional guidance;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and immediately discard it. If a tissue is not available, use the inside of your elbow;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth;
  • Avoid close contact with others, especially those who are sick;
  • Get the flu shot (at this time, there is no current vaccination for Coronavirus).

General Information and Trusted Sources

New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) – Coronavirus Updates

New York State Regional Monitoring Dashboard

NY Forward Reopening Guide

Center for Disease Control (CDC) – Coronavirus

New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) – COVID-19 FAQ

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.

Information for Healthcare Providers