Isolation & Quarantine

Isolation and Quarantine

Isolation is used for individuals who are infected with COVID-19, even if they don’t have symptoms.

Quarantine is used for individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 through close contact.

Isolation is separating people who have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 from those who are not infected. This helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. Isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Quarantine applies to anyone that is a close contact of someone who has an active infection. Quarantine is used to keep people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 stay apart from others. Quarantine is important because even before a person has symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 they could unknowingly spread the virus to others.

5/31/2022 – *Revised* Isolation and Quarantine Guidance 

Who Needs to Quarantine?  We get this question a lot now that many people have been vaccinated.  Use this link & follow the flow from top to bottom to figure out if you/someone that is a close contact needs to quarantine


Check out the new CDC Calculator which will tell you just what to do!


Essex County Health Department follows NYSDOH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) contact tracing guidance during times of high community spread which means you may not get a call from a county or state Case Investigator or Contact Tracer.

Take the actions described below depending on your own situation.


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.