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Quarantine for potential exposure to COVID-19 is required if:

  • You were in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and:
    • If the person had symptoms: you had contact with them while they had symptoms or within the 48 hours before their symptoms started, or
    • If the person did not have symptoms, you had contact with them within 48 hours of when their COVID-19 test was collected; or
  • You have recently traveled to New York after being out of state for at least 24 hours.

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-19 or has tested positive for COVID-2019 for a prolonged period of time (ten minutes or more). You would also be considered a close contact if someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 coughed or sneezed on you.

Quarantine means you must stay separate from others in your household and community for a total period of 10 days from your last day of potential exposure.* This will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 illness. While you may end separation after 10 days:

  • You must continue monitor for symptom daily through Day 14;
  • If you start to have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider to report this change and get tested for COVID-19;
  • Continue to practice good hand hygiene, wear a mask, and watch your distance, keeping six feet away from others for at least 14 days.

As of March 10, 2021, in New York State, consistent with CDC guidance from February 13, 2021:

Asymptomatic individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine during the first 3 months after full vaccination, if the following criteria are met:

  • Are fully vaccinated (at least 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or at least 2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine); AND
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series; AND
  • Have remained asymptomatic since last COVID-19 exposure.

Asymptomatic individuals who have previously been diagnosed with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 and have since recovered, are not required to retest and quarantine within 3 months after the date of symptom onset from the initial SARS-CoV-2 infection or date of first positive diagnostic test if asymptomatic during illness.

If you are a healthcare worker or essential employee, be aware that on March 10,2021, New York State issued Revised Protocols for Personnel in Healthcare and Other Direct Care Settings to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure . Consult with your employer regarding quarantine requirements for your workplace.


Quarantine instructions:

  • Someone from the New York State Contact Tracing Initiative or the Suffolk County Department of Health Services will be calling to check on you every day until the end of your quarantine period. Please answer the phone when they call.
  • During the quarantine period, you should stay in separate quarters with a separate bathroom facility for each individual or family group under quarantine. Access to a sink with soap, water, and paper towels is necessary.
  • You must not be in public or otherwise leave your quarantine quarters.
  • Any shared bathroom should be stocked with cleaning supplies (e.g. household cleaning wipes, bleach), and the bathroom should be cleaned frequently.
  • You must have a way to immediately self-quarantine from household members if you develop fever or other symptoms, in a separate room(s) with a separate door. As you might become ill while sleeping, you should sleep in a separate bedroom from household members.
  • You should have food delivered to your quarters, and not eat meals together with household members.
  • You should have a supply of face masks you can put on if you become symptomatic.
  • Garbage must be bagged and left outside for routine pick up. Special handling is not required.
  • You should take your temperature twice a day and record it in a temperature log. You should also self-monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19 (see below).
  • The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, cough, and/ or shortness of breath. If you develop any of these symptoms, you should put on a face mask immediately to prevent other people in your household from becoming sick. Other possible symptoms include fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • If you have a true emergency, call 911 and let the person that answers know that you are under quarantine 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
  • Others in your residence are not restricted from their activities, unless they are also under quarantine because they are contacts to someone with COVID-19 or have traveled to an area with significant community spread, or they have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 disease.
  • 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 representative from the New York State Contact Tracing Initiative or Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) who contacts you for daily monitoring. You may also call 311 to request assistance.
  • You will be advised by the New York State Contact Tracing Initiative or the SCDHS when your quarantine period will end, and will receive a letter clearing you from quarantine at that time.

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901