- 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
*For individuals in congregate settings and healthcare workers please see specific guidance
- 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.
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.
Schenectady County is offering free COVID-19 testing for Schenectady County residents. As off 3/14 all COVID-19 vaccines will be available at this location as well.
- 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.
- COVID-19 Testing
Location: Ellis Medicine McClellan Street Health Center, 600 McClellan Street Schenectady 12304
Dates: Monday - Friday (closed County holidays)
Time: 9am to 12pm
No Appointment Needed. Walk-ins Welcome!
- 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 County offices throughout the community.
Residents can visit the following locations during normal operating hours to request free at-home COVID-19 tests:
Schenectady County Office Building at 620 State Street – front desk
Schenectady County Clerk’s Office at 620 State Street – 3rd floor
Schenectady County DMV at 2025 State Street
All 9 of the County’s branch libraries – visit www.scpl.org for locations and hours
All County-run COVID-19 vaccine POD sites – visit www.schenectadycounty.com/COVID19/vaccine for locations and hours
Schenectady County’s COVID-19 testing site at 600 McClellan Street, Monday – Friday 9am-12pm
Human Resources/Civil Service Office at 620 State Street – 2nd floor
Finance Department at 620 State Street – 3rd floor
County Manager’s Office at 620 State Street – 6th floor
WIC Office at 650 Franklin Street, Suite 200
Glendale Home at 59 Hetcheltown Road in Glenville
Schenectady County Veteran Affairs Office at 797 Broadway
Schenectady County Senior & Long Term Care Services at 107 Nott Terrace, Suite 305
Schenectady County Job Training Agency at 797 Broadway
Office hours are available at www.schenectadycounty.com under each department.
- 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)
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.
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
- Additional Resources