Quarantine Protocol for Contacts of a Positive COVID-19 Case

Quarantine for a full 10 days and monitor for a full 14 days since your last date of exposure to a positive case.

  • Remain at your home for the duration of the quarantine period.
  • If no symptoms have been reported, quarantine can end after ten days without a testing requirement.
  • Continue to monitor symptoms for the full 14 days. While in the monitoring period, continue to practice frequent hand washing, use of face coverings, and social distancing among household members and when outside your home.
  • If symptoms develop, maintain or return to quarantine and contact Albany County Department of Health (ACDOH) for guidance on testing and quarantine. Contact your doctor for guidance on testing and managing your symptoms.

Quarantine Guidance

  • Do not attend work or school outside your home. Do not visit enclosed public spaces (grocery stores, drugstores, department stores, shopping malls, theaters, religious services, community centers) or attend any social gatherings.
  • Non-household members/visitors are not permitted in your living quarters. It is advisable to separate yourself from other members of your household to the extent possible. This ideally means you should remain in a room apart from others, have a separate bathroom, and be served meals apart from family members. For more information, go to this CDC page.
  • You can walk outside your house on your own property, but do not come within six feet of neighbors or other members of the public and you MUST wear a mask that snuggly covers your nose and chin. If you are living in a dwelling with multiple families, avoid using common stairways or elevators to access the outside. Likewise, you need to refrain from walking in your neighborhood.
  • Inform all household members of your self-quarantine status.
  • Contacts of contacts – including household contacts – do not need to be placed on quarantine.
  • If you have a fever of ≥100.4°F/≥38.0°C (or feel feverish) or develop any other symptoms of COVID-19 infection, seek PCR (lab-based) testing for COVID-19. To find a local testing sites, go to this ACDOH page. You may want to contact your medical provider. If you don’t have a provider, call the ACDOH.

Symptoms to watch for

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Who you should notify

  • If you become symptomatic or ill, or test positive for COVID-19, those persons staying with you in your living quarters may be subject to mandatory quarantine and you may be subject to isolation.
  • Call ACDOH of any needed care or services such as food, supplies, medicine or other supports that you require.
  • You, or your legal guardian, may contact the ACDOH for any questions or concerns with this protocol.