COVID-19 Updates & Information

COVID Paperwork PortalThe Chemung County Health Department no longer issues isolation orders for COVID-19.

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

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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.

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.

What if I have a question?

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