NYSDOH ending contact tracing Friday. Here’s how to self-report case to counties
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The New York State Department of Health’s last day of COVID-19 contact tracing will be Friday, April 29.
Counties Tuesday began notifying people that those who test positive for COVID-19 after April 29 will not receive a text message.
Though, those who test positive for the virus or who were in close contact with someone who did are still expected to follow New York State’s isolation and quarantine guidelines, which are available here.
State residents who test positive for COVID-19, either with an at-home test or lab-confirmed test, should report their case to their county’s department of health’s website. The person should isolate for at least five days, with day 0 starting on the day they tested positive.
Those who were in close contact with the person who tested positive are not required to isolate, as long as they have no symptoms and they’re vaccinated and boosted. The state recommends wearing a mask around others for ten days following a close contact exposure.
If a person is not vaccinated or boosted, they should isolate for five days if they come into contact with someone who is positive. After isolation, they should wear a mask for an additional five days around others.
Here’s how to report a positive at-home test in your county.
You can report a positive at-home test on the website for the Monroe County Department of Health. The website also has resources for reporting positive cases for school staff, information on vaccination, and information on traveling during the pandemic.
You can report a positive at-home test on the website for Wayne County Public Health.
You can report a positive at-home test on the website for Ontario County, under the testing page.
You can report a positive at-home test on the website for the Livingston County, through a link to the New York State Department of Health self-reporting form. Staff and students at schools should report their results directly to the county through this link.
Genesee and Orleans County
You can report a positive at-home test on the website for the Genesee-Orleans Health Department.
You can report a positive at-home test on the website for the Steuben County Public Health Department. Once residents add their information to the home test reporting portal, self-service orders will be made available online.
You can report a positive at-home test on the website for the Seneca County Health Department. The county health department said in a release that it is planning on investigating case clusters and outbreaks in high-risk settings, such as schools and daycare centers.