Isolation & Precaution


Isolation is used for individuals who are infected with COVID-19, even if they don’t have symptoms.

Isolation is separating people who have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 from those who are not infected. This helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. Isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.


Precaution is used for individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 through close contact.

Precaution If you were exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 or have been told by a healthcare provider or public health authority that you were exposed, here are the steps that you should take, regardless of your vaccination status or if you have had a previous infection. Learn how COVID-19 spreads and the factors that make risk of spread higher or lower.

Isolation and Exposure Calculator

A tool to help you determine if you need to isolate or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.

Essex County Health Department follows NYSDOH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) contact tracing guidance  during times of high community spread which means you may not get a call from a county or state Case Investigator or Contact Tracer.


Take the actions described below depending on your own situation.


For more information about how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, visit the New York State Department of Health Coronavirus website at or call the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline: 1-888-364-3065.