Quarantine Length Remains the Same

Message from Schenectady County Department of Health

“We understand that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has come out with updated guidance for shortening of quarantine requirements for close contacts of COVID-19 cases and we are receiving many questions about this.

However, at this time, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has not issued updated guidance at the state level changing the quarantine length for contacts in NYS and has been very clear that the quarantine is still a full 14 days. 

Please understand that CDC still recommends that quarantine should be the full 14 days due to the virus’s incubation period being upward of 14 days, but they have made the recommendations to shorten quarantine to reduce personal hardship and public health burden while increasing community compliance.

We understand these are challenging times and that shortening quarantine would have both benefits and costs as we continue through the pandemic. We will let you know as soon as possible if/when there are any changes to the NYSDOH guidance.

In the meantime, thank you for all you are doing for your schools and families.”