On April 1, the New York State Department of Health officially updated its guidance for quarantine for those exposed to COVID-19. To summarize:
For vaccinated individuals exposed to COVID-19
- Individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are asymptomatic do not need to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19.
- Individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are symptomatic must isolate themselves, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for COVID-19 if indicated.
- Fully vaccinated is defined as being 2 weeks or more after receiving the second dose in a 2-dose or series or 2 weeks after receiving one dose of a one-dose series.
For previously recovered individuals exposed to COVID-19
- Individuals who were previously diagnosed with and have recovered from COVID-19 are not required to retest and quarantine if the new exposure is within 3 months of the individual’s initial COVID-19 symptoms or positive diagnostic test if asymptomatic.
- Asymptomatic domestic travelers are not required to test or quarantine when arriving to New York state.
- Asymptomatic international travelers must comply with CDC requirements for testing and quarantine irrespective as to whether they were tested before boarding, are recovered from a previous COVID-19 diagnosis or are fully vaccinated.
- Symptomatic travels must immediately self-isolate and contact their healthcare provider or department of health.
For individuals exposed to COVID-19 who are not fully vaccinated or previously recovered
- Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and have not recovered from COVID-19 within three months are required to quarantine for 10 days after exposure.
- Testing is not required to end quarantine if asymptomatic.
It’s important to know that the New York State Department of Health requires that all individuals who are exposed to COVID-19, irrespective of quarantine status, must monitor their symptoms for two weeks after exposure, continue to follow handwashing guidelines and wear a mask, and immediately self-isolate and contact their health provider or health department if any symptoms develop.
We have received questions about whether or not the quarantine guidelines have changed for schools. The Orange County Department of Health will continue to decide whether or not an individual will need to quarantine after an exposure whether it is in the classroom, cafeteria, athletic field, etc.
The NYSDOH mandates that all school districts inform their local department of health with any school exposures or positive cases. The OCDOH then looks at the situation and determines who should quarantine if necessary. If there are any changes to this guidance, we will communicate with our families ASAP.
Thank you for your support.
Daniel T. Connor
Superintendent of Schools