COVID-19 Isolation Information
Isolate yourself. Isolation means you must stay separate from others, including the people you
live with, to prevent the possible spread of COVID- 19. Specific instructions for isolation are
below. Isolation is mandated until further notice.
People who live with you should also remain at home under quarantine. This is also a
Make a list of close contacts. Include any people you have interacted with since
you started to feel sick, and for 48 hours before your symptoms started, or if you have had no
symptoms, within 48 hours of when you were tested for COVID-19. These individuals will be
contacted and advised to quarantine to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Your name will not
What is close contact? “Close contact” for COVID-19 is defined as being within six feet of
someone who is either displaying symptoms of COVID- 2019 or has tested positive for COVID2019 for a prolonged period of time (ten minutes or more). Someone would also be considered
a close contact if a person who tested positive for COVID-19 coughed or sneezed on them.
When can I go back to work? Return-to work criteria vary depending on the type of work you
do. Please consult with your employer regarding these requirements.
- Someone from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services will be calling to
check on you every day until the end of your isolation period. Please answer the
phone when they call.
- Stay home, except to visit a doctor or hospital.
- Avoid using public transportation such as subways, buses, and taxis.
- Don’t have visitors.
- Separate yourself in a room that is not shared with others. Stay at least six feet away
from others at all times.
- Use a separate bathroom, if possible, and disinfect after each use.
- Arrange for food, medicine, and other supplies to be left at your door.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. Throw away used tissues. Bag your trash and leave
outside your door.
- Don’t touch pets.
- Arrange for others to care for your children, if possible.
- Wear a face mask if you must be around others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds each time, or if
unavailable, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Take your temperature with a thermometer at least twice a day, and record your
temperature on a sheet of paper or electronically.
- Call your doctor if you are feeling ill with symptoms like fever, cough, or shortness of
breath. Go to the emergency room if you are having trouble breathing. You should
wear a mask if going to doctor’s office or hospital. Call ahead to let the facility know
that you have COVID-19.
- If you have a true emergency, call 911 and let the person that answers know that
you are under isolation for COVID-19. Some signs of an emergency include:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
- If you have any questions, need assistance with daily living (e.g. food, medication,
etc.), or have concerns about your employment status or school attendance, please
discuss these issues with the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS)
during your daily monitoring call, or call 311.
- You will be advised by the SCDHS when your isolation period will end, and will
receive a letter clearing you from isolation at that time.