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Seneca County Health Department updates COVID case investigation process

Seneca County announced a new case investigation policy in response to the updated COVID contact tracing police from the NYS Department of Health (DOH) set to take affect on Friday.

Changes adopted by the county include “discontinuing case investigation for most individuals and continuing to focus efforts on vaccination and educational outreach,” according to a press release from the Seneca County Health Department. These changes will take effect on Friday, April 29, coinciding with the end of contact tracing by the state DOH.

Related: NYS Department of Health to end contract tracing this Friday

Seneca County residents who test positive for COVID with either an at-home test kit or test administered through a healthcare provider  or pharmacy are still expected to do the following:

  1. Isolate at home for five days
    • If you show symptoms: Day one starts no more than two days prior to symptoms starting
    • If you don’t show symptoms: Day one starts the day of the positive test result.
    • Following isolation, if you don’t have symptoms, continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others and in public for days six through 10.
    • if you still have symptoms, please continue to isolate through day 10.

Click here to access the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) online isolation period calculator.

2. Notify your close contacts, especially those who live in the same household, that they may have been exposed during your contagious period. Close contacts should follow quarantine guidance listed on the Seneca County Health Department’s website.

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Officials say employers or schools may require isolation or quarantine paperwork, which is still available.