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In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Schuyler County Public Health is working closely with County Administration, elected officials, and community partners, including Cayuga Health System, Arnot Health, and other healthcare providers and following guidance from the CDC and NYSDOH. The health and well-being of our community is our top priority. Remember that this virus can spread rapidly if given the chance. Please take care of yourself, your loved ones, and our community.
Our office is not open to walk-ins at this time. Please call our office if you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment.
Local COVID-19 Data
You can visit our COVID-19 dashboard at https://arcg.is/1r1SzS for current case numbers, trends, vaccine tracking, and more. The dashboard will be updated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (excluding holidays). Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer supported by the dashboard site. Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to access the dashboard. You can also find the data posted on our social media.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I test positive?
New York State has implemented significant changes in contact tracing procedures due to the overwhelming spread of COVID-19 at this time. It is not feasible for our local health department to personally reach every positive and close contact because of the volume of cases. Although guidance has been updated as of 1/12/2022, the basics of staying home as a positive case or close contact has remained the same.
- If you have tested positive, most people will not receive a phone call from NYS or Public Health.
- You will be self-responsible to print off the below Affirmation of Isolation form if you need one for your employer / school or for the New York Paid Family Leave for COVID-19. This Affirmation of Isolation will serve as your Isolation Order and your Release Notice.
- If you test positive using a home test, you can report your positive home test to Public Health by clicking here.
- Please only submit the form ONCE, then check your email for further instructions.
- If you tested positive at home AND at a testing facility, you DO NOT need to report your at-home test result as your other test will be reported to us by the test site. Just follow the other steps in this “What should I do if I test positive?” section.
- After submitting the form you will be directed to the Affirmation of Isolation form. You will want to print / download this form for your records or to provide to your school / employer if needed. The form will serve as your Isolation Order and your Release Notice.
- If your symptoms do not improve or worsen, please call your Healthcare Provider. If it is a medical emergency, call 911.
- You can also click here for detailed information from the CDC on What to Do If You Are Sick.
Steps to take if you tested positive
- Stay home for 5 days
- From when your symptoms started, or if you don't have symptoms, stay home for 5 days from your test date.
- Please note: If you are still having a fever at day 5, continue to stay home until you are fever-free for 24 hours.
- Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 more days
- Inform your employer / school and anyone you may have exposed
- Print / download a copy to your phone / computer of the following Affirmation of Isolation form for your records and to give to your employer / school, if needed.
- Click here to affirm that you tested positive for COVID and isolated in a manner consistent with New York State Department of Health guidance.
- This Affirmation of Isolation will serve as your Isolation Order and your Release Notice.
What should I do if I was exposed to COVID?
Steps to take if you need to quarantine
Additional isolation and quarantine resources and information
- For the NYSDOH Isolation and Quarantine Guidance, click here.
- To view the guidance in a simplified table format, click here.
- Looking for a printable one page sheet of the updated isolation and quarantine guidance? Click here.
- Please remember, if you get a phone call or text message that asks for your banking or credit card information or your Social Security number – DELETE IT – we NEVER ask for that type of information.
Get tested for COVID-19.
You should get tested for COVID-19 especially if you have symptoms or were exposed to someone with COVID-19. Testing can also be useful if you are planning to attend any indoor gatherings.
- Testing is available Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM at the Watkins Glen State Park Gift Shop / Café. You can make an appointment by clicking here. If you are seeking test results from the State-run testing site at Watkins Glen State Park, please call 1-888-279-0967.
- To find other testing locations click here.
- Please note: If you are looking for your COVID test results, follow up with the testing site where you were tested.
- At-home COVID tests are also available at stores in our area.
Remember to check with your insurance provider and the testing site as some locations may charge a fee for testing.
If your test comes back positive, please review the directions in the "What should I do if I test positive?" section.
Stay home if you are sick.
- Even if your illness is mild.
- If you develop emergency warning signs of COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency.
- Emergency warning signs may include:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.
- Emergency warning signs may include:
Wear a mask and practice social distancing when cases are high in the community.
- Masks should cover your mouth and nose.
- Not be on your chin, hanging off your ear, or only covering your mouth.
Clean your hands often.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially when you get home after being in public.
- You can also use hand sanitizer when soap and water aren't available.
- Visit the New York State Department of Health’s website found here or call the New York State Department of Health 24/7 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
- Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website found here.
- Click here for information on how to prevent getting sick, including:
- For travel information, including information about international travel, click here.
- For in-depth information and guidance from the CDC for businesses, schools, workplaces, and events, click here.