Rockland health commissioner amends standing isolation order

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NEW CITY – Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Friday, announced an amendment to the commissioner’s standing isolation order related to COVID-19 to separate all sick people from healthy people and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The order directs residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms indicative of COVID-19 to remain in isolation at their residence (or other place as ordered by the Rockland County Department of Health and away from other people in their home for at least 10 days, up from seven days previously advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This was done to further limit the spread of COVID-19 that may occur from persons recovering from the disease.

If this legal isolation order is not followed, residents may be fined up to $2,000 per day. Parents and guardians are responsible for ensuring their child(ren) complies with this order or face the same fines.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms such as cough, loss of smell/taste, muscle aches, and diarrhea, you must stay at home for:

  • At least 10 days since symptoms started and at least 72 hours (three days) after being fever-free (without taking medicine to reduce a fever) and your other symptoms are improving.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms, you must stay at home for: At least 10 days after the first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test and no symptoms develop. If symptoms develop, follow the instructions above.
  • If you were not tested for COVID-19 and have symptoms such as a cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, diarrhea, or loss of smell/taste, you must assume you have COVID-19 and stay at home for: At least 10 days since symptoms started and at least 72 hours ( three days) after being fever-free (without taking medicine to reduce a fever) AND your other symptoms are improving.

A person can leave isolation only when all the guidance in each scenario above is met.