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Schenectady County Covid-19 Information Center

County COVID-19 General Information

COVID-19 Information

 Isolation Tools

The CDC and NYS DOH have developed tools to determine how long you need to isolate and other steps to take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Isolation and Quarantine Table*

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

If you have self-tested at home, report positive test results to SCPHS.

Regardless of vaccination status, you should still isolate from others when you have COVID-19. You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results. 

Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19

After you have ended isolation, if your COVID-19 symptoms recur or worsen, restart your isolation at day 0. Talk to a healthcare provider if you have questions about your symptoms or when to end isolation.

CLICK HERE TO PRINT PAPERWORK SHOWING THAT YOU ARE ON ISOLATION (afirmatcion de aislamiento) - this form may be used for Isolation Release or for NY Paid Family Leave COVID-19 claims as if it was an Individual Order for Isolation issued by Schenectady County Public Health Services.

Guidance for Isolation in High-Risk Congregate Settings

In certain congregate settings that have a high risk of secondary transmission and where it is not feasible to cohort people (such as correctional and detention facilities, homeless shelters, and cruise ships), the CDC recommends a 10-day isolation period for residents.

Guidance for Healthcare Professionals

What to do it you have been exposed to COVID-19

Quarantine is no longer recommended for people who are exposed to COVID-19 except in certain high-risk congregate settings such as correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and nursing homes.

Learn more on what to do when you are exposed to COVID-19

Free At-Home Test Kits

As COVID-19 Home test kits become more available the FDA is continuously monitoring the expiration dates to make sure they are accurate. Before throwing away a test where the box says the test is expired please make sure to check  on the testing company's website to see if the expiration date has been extended.

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are available at all 9 of the County's branch libraries – visit for locations and hours.

Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs

Parents/guardians should contact the school district for their specific COVID-19 protocols. 

Parents/guardians can look at the Isolation and Quarantine Table to determine when a child under isolation or quarantine may be able to return to school or eligible childcare programs.

Food Accessibility Resource

If you are in need of food or groceries while on Isolation or Quarantine the following offer grocery delivery:

(Delivery fees may apply)



Price Chopper/Market 32

If you receive SNAP benefits, you can order groceries from the following (Delivery fees may apply)



If you do not currently receive SNAP, but may be eligible please click the link below to contact a Nutrition Outreach and Education Coordinator at Hunger Solutions New York. Their staff can help you find the assistance you may qualify for.

Hunger Solutions New York

Additional Resources:

The Food Pantries of the Capital District is a coalition of more that 65 food pantries from the Capital Region. They can connect you with pantries in your local community and deliver food to those who are on isolation and quarantine. For more information please click the link below or call the Referral Line at 518-458-1167 ext.108 

Food Pantries of the Capital District

Additional Resources

NYS COVID-19 Website