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NYS Department of Health reduces COVID quarantine from 14 to 10 days

New York State Department of Health officials updated quarantine guidance to match the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC earlier changed quarantine guidance to 10 days. For several weeks, New York’s guidance remained at 14 days.

However, as of Monday counties around the state started announcing that NYSDOH had changed its guidance, and that they would subsequently be following it.


Erie County was one of the first to announce that they would be moving their own response to align with the state and CDC. “This will surely cause questions among people that our contact tracers are notifying,” said Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein to WKBW. “The 14-day quarantine period has been in place since the beginning of this pandemic, and our contact tracers and call center are prepared to answer questions on this change.”

Public health experts around the state are strongly encouraging a COVID-19 test within five to seven days of last exposure to a positive or known-COVID case. People are also told to continue monitoring themselves for symptoms through 14 days.

Yates County announced that they would be aligning with the new guidance from New York State, too.