COVID-19 Information and Resources

Health Orders of Isolation or Quarantine

How are Isolation and Quarantine Different?

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].

Obtaining an Order of Quarantine or Isolation

If you are issued a Health Order of Isolation or Quarantine:

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General Information and Trusted Sources

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.

  • 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).

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 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

Vulnerable Populations

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:

  • Remain indoors;
  • Go outside only for solitary exercise;
  • Pre-screen all visitors and aides by taking their temperature and seeing if person is exhibiting other flu-like symptoms;
  • Do not visit households with multiple people;
  • Wear a mask when in the company of others;
  • To the greatest extent possible, everyone in the presence of vulnerable people should wear a mask;
  • Always stay at least six feet away from individuals; and
  • Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary.

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:

  • An individual is is 70 years of age or older, has a compromised immune system, or has an underlying health condition and is symptomatic or has a history of symptoms of COVID-19 or;
  • An individual has had close or proximate contact with a person known to have tested positive COVID-19; or
  • An individual is placed under a precautionary or mandatory quarantine order; or
  • An individual is employed as a health care worker, first responder, or other essential worker who directly interacts with the public while working; or
  • An individual presents with a case where the facts and circumstances – as determined by the treating clinician in consultation with state or local department of health officials – warrant testing.

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.

Isolation, Quarantine, and Contact Tracing Guidance

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:

  • 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.

New Paid Leave Guidance for those affected by COVID-19 – click here

CDC – Disinfecting your Home if Someone is Sick – click here

Community Resources

Determining Essential vs. Non Essential employees – guidelines – click here

Information for Healthcare Providers