Who does this apply to?
Any person who resides in Westchester County, who has tested positive for COVID-19

Am I under isolation?
Any resident of Westchester County who has tested positive for COVID-19 is subject to isolation in accordance with the Standing Commissioner’s Order.

What if I ignore the isolation order?
Ignoring the isolation order is a crime punishable under Section 12-b of the Public Health Law. Additionally, the Department of Health can seek to confine you to a medical facility for failing to comply.

Okay, so how can I get out of isolation?
You must remain in isolation until you meet the Clearance Criteria set by the New York State Department of Health. Once you meet the Clearance Criteria, you can end your isolation. However, if you are staying or residing in a hospital, nursing home, adult care facility, or other group setting where there is medical care, you must stay in isolation until the facility determines you can be released.

What are the Clearance Criteria?
Here are the Criteria:

If you’ve experienced any of the following symptoms: Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath/Difficulty Breathing,Chills, Repeated Shaking with Chills, Muscle Pain, Headache, Sore Throat, or New Loss of Taste or Smell, the Clearance Criteria are:

  • It’s been at least 10 days since you first started experiencing symptoms; AND
  • You haven’t had a fever in at least 3 days, without taking fever-reducing medication (such as Tylenol); AND
  • Any shortness of breath/coughing/difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell has improved.

If you meet ALL THREE criteria, you can end your isolation.

If you haven’t experienced any of those symptoms, the Clearance Criteria are:

  • It’s been at least 10 days since you had your first positive COVID-19 test; AND
  • You haven’t had any subsequent illness

If you meet BOTH of these criteria, you can end your isolation

So if I meet the Clearance Criteria I’m totally free?
NO! Meeting the Clearance Criteria only frees you from medical isolation. You’re still subject to all other applicable State and Local laws and Executive Orders. So for example:


  • Go to the grocery store
  • Go for a walk outside
  • Go to work if you work for a business that has been permitted to open under the New York Forward Reopening Plan


  • Go to a party
  • Play sports with a group of people
  • Go to work if you work for a business that has not yet been permitted to open under the New York Forward Reopening Plan

But if I’m cleared, I can’t get anybody else sick, right?
Wrong. While the Clearance Criteria are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread, it’s still possible that you can infect other people.

What can I do to prevent that?
Be careful. Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly. Cover any coughs. Avoid close contact with anyone over 65, or anyone with a compromised immune system or underlying illness. Maintain proper social distancing. Wear a cloth face covering when unable to maintain proper social distancing. Stay home unless you need to go out.

Are there any other special instructions I should be aware of?
If you’re a healthcare worker or a first responder, please check with your employer for any additional instructions.

I understand all that. Do I need anything from the Health Department?
No. Once you meet the Clearance Criteria, your isolation period is finished. 

My employer won’t let me come back to work without something in writing from the Health Department. Help!
You can request documentation here: Proof of Isolation or Quarantine Release Letter Requests

What if I have other questions?
Call (866) 588-0195