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Positive or Exposed Information

This page provides you with key information about what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to COVID-19

If You Test Positive for COVID-19

When to Isolate

Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19. The CDC recommends you stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days.

If your results are positive, follow the full isolation recommendations below. If your results are negative, you can end your isolation.

When you have COVID-19, isolation is counted in days, as follows:

If you had no symptoms

If you had symptoms

  • Day 0 is the day you tested (not the day you received your positive test result)
  • Day 0 is the day of symptom onset, regardless of when you tested positive
  • Day 1 is the first full day following the day you were tested
  • Day 1 is the first full day after the day your symptoms started
  • If you develop symptoms within 10 days of when you tested, the clock restarts at day 0 on the day of symptom onset

If you had moderate or severe illness due to COVID-19, or you have a weakened immune system, you need to isolate through day 10.

COVID-19 Treatment Option

For those that test positive for COVID-19 oral and IV antivirals or IV monoclonal antibodies treatments have been found to be an effective option for tackling the virus right away, giving your body extra time to make its own antibodies. Some include, Paxlovid, Remdesivir, Molnupiravir and Bebtelovimab. These treatments are most effective within the first few days of symptoms starting. Talk with your provider about which options may be right for you.


If You Were Exposed to Someone Who is Positive for COVID-19

Current CDC recommendations for exposure. 

Reporting At-Home Positive Test

The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health is no longer collecting positive COVID-19 at-home test results.

It is important to report your positive test result to your health care provider to determine if further evaluation and/or treatment is necessary. See CDC guidance and potential treatment options for those who test positive for COVID-19

Letter of Isolation/Release from Quarantine

If needed for work or school, you can obtain a New York State Isolation and Affirmation Forms. These New York State forms may be used as if it were an individual Order for Isolation issued by the New York State Health Commissioner or County Commissioner. The Attestation Form will contain your start and end date, as you indicate, based on your particular circumstances, in accordance with Guidance from the New York State Department of Health.