COVID-19 Updates & Information
If you require an isolation order, please use the following link to the New York State Department of Health Affirmation of Isolation.
For questions about COVID-19, such as isolation length, preventing spread, and who is at the most risk for severe disease, please refer to the CDC information here: CDC: COVID-19 and Isolation Information
For New York Paid Family Leave questions please click here: Paid Family Leave for COVID-19
The Chemung County Health Department thanks you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
The following preventative measures continue to be necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Chemung County.
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccines
- Wear a mask when in crowded public places
- Stay home if you feel unwell unless you need essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing.
- For more information on how to protect yourself and others, click here
The Chemung County Health Department is here to support our community. Your health and well-being are our priority. We remain dedicated to serving you throughout this and future changes.
- If you test positive on a lab or at-home test, you will not receive a phone call from New York State. You may still receive a text message if you had a laboratory perform your test.
- Chemung County Health Department will continue to do limited case investigations and prioritize high-risk populations such as nursing homes, congregate living facilities, and school-based outbreaks.
What if I test positive for COVID-19?
- You should isolate immediately.
- Isolate for five days.
- If you have symptoms, the day your symptoms begin is day 0 (Example: If symptoms begin Sunday, you may resume normal activities on Saturday at 12:01am.)
- If you do not have symptoms, the day of your test is day 0 (Example: If you tested positive on Sunday, you are allowed resume normal activities on Saturday at 12:01am.)
- After five days, you can resume normal activities. It is recommended that you mask around others for days 6 – 10.
- Isolate for five days.
What if I was exposed to a person that has COVID-19?
Regardless of vaccination status immediately & for a full 10 days:
- Wear high quality mask for 10 days anytime you are around others inside the house or in public
- Watch for symptoms: headache, body aches, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc.
- If you develop symptoms isolate immediately and get tested; stay home until you know the result
- Get tested at least 5 days after last exposure (even if no symptoms)
- If negative, continue as above through day 10
- Consider another test in 48 hours
- Click Here for more information from the CDC.
Will the health department call me?
- You will likely not receive a phone call from the health department.