Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS)
COVID-19 Quarantine Information
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;
- You have recently traveled to New Yorkafter 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
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.
*New York State, updated its Quarantine Requirements for Exposure to COVID-19 on
December 26, 2020, shortening the period of quarantine from 14 day to 10 days.
If you recently traveled to New York, you must quarantine for 10 days after your arrival in
New York and follow all quarantine protocols. If you tested negative for COVID-19 before
traveling to New York, you may be able to end your quarantine early. Information on travel to
New York can be found
If you are a healthcare worker or essential employee, be aware that on December 26,
2020, 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.
- 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
- You should have food delivered to your quarters, and not eat meals together with
- 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
- 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