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Tompkins County adopts CDC five day quarantine guidance, issues procedures for using at-home tests

The Tompkins County Health Department has endorsed the recently released CDC guidance calling for people testing positive for COVID-19 to isolate for five days.


That’s down from the previous ten day recommendation. The county says those who are immune compromised or who can’t wear a mask should still quarantine for ten days. Meanwhile, the county has released a guide on using at-home test kits. CNY Central quotes county health officials as issuing the following guidelines:

  • Plan: Consider testing before gathering with others, attending an event, or traveling to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Prep: Wash hands well, clean surrounding surfaces, and read the instructions that come with the kit thoroughly
  • Test: Take the test exactly as directed. Use a timer for accuracy.
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If you test positive, the county has an online reporting form or you can call 1-877-211-8667.

For those who don’t have an at-home test kit, you can find Tompkins County testing locations here.



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