Cortland County Health Department: COVID-19 Case Investigations and Contact Tracing Update (News Release) – Cortland Voice

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Cortland County Health Department press release.

As identified by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) on January 11, the overwhelming increase in laboratory-reported cases and self-reported positive home tests, along with the shorter incubation period with the current variant, have now created a situation where contact tracing is no longer an effective tool to limit the spread of COVID-19.

It remains important that anyone with symptoms or anyone who thinks they have been exposed to someone with HIV gets tested. If you test positive, please isolate yourself from others immediately and inform any close contacts that they may have been exposed. If you have taken a home test – you can report this positive home test result on our website – complete the short form and click submit at the end of the form. Please do not call the health department to report a positive home test.

The NYSDOH team (not the county health department) will notify positive cases to discuss isolation requirements and provide isolation orders. It is important to note however that due to the high volume of new cases, we are asking members of the community to take action themselves, as you may not hear from the NYSDOH team during your isolation period. If your employer or school requires a release order/note, you can complete the self-affirmation of isolation form located on our website to provide to your employer or school.

Persons who are not fully vaccinated or fully vaccinated and eligible for a booster but not yet boosted and who are identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person during their infectious period, are required to self-quarantine for 5 days after exposure and wear a well-fitting mask in the presence of other people for an additional 5 days. If your employer or school requires a discharge order/note, you can complete the self-affirmation of quarantine form located on our website to provide to your employer or school.

Self-Affirmation of Isolation, Self-Affirmation of Quarantine and Positive Home Test Report forms are available on our website:

We ask that you first try to use the resources located on the website and not call the Department of Health. Due to high call volumes to our hotline, there may be a delay in response.

Our health department personnel will continue to partner with NYSDOH to provide vaccination clinics for the next 3-4 weeks, as vaccination remains the most important, safest and most effective tool in this response. to the ongoing pandemic. We will monitor outbreaks in schools, daycares, nursing homes and other gathering places to support their mitigation efforts in those places and will work closely with our local health care providers, as always. a role of the health service for all communicable diseases.

Over the past two years, as the CDC and NYSDOH have learned more and reviewed current approaches to reducing the spread of COVID-19, we can now begin to revise public health guidance, while leaving some critical strategies in place. place, such as wearing a mask when indoors and in public spaces, getting tested and isolating yourself from others when showing symptoms, and continuing to encourage vaccinations and boosters within the community.

The NYS mask mandate remains in place at this time and everyone must continue to wear their mask in a public place. We appreciate that the majority of our Cortland County residents have worked hard to follow the guidelines established during these unprecedented times and ask everyone to continue to follow the updated guidelines as we work together for a healthier environment.

For more information about NYSDOH, see the FAQ: