On February 26, 2021, the Erie County, New York Department of Health (DOH) announced an update to its COVID-19 rules on quarantining for anyone who is fully vaccinated and for those who have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection.

Fully Vaccinated:  The DOH defines a person as “fully vaccinated” 14 days after receiving their last dose of an FDA-authorized vaccine. If a fully-vaccinated person is (1) exposed to COVID-19 or (2) traveled to a U.S. state that does not border New York, they don’t need to quarantine as long as:

  • It’s within 90 days since the person received their last dose, and
  • They remains asymptomatic, that is, they don’t have COVID-19 symptoms.

If any of these criteria aren’t met, they must quarantine pursuant to DOH guidelines.  Additional exceptions include those who travel internationally (including to Canada), for fully-vaccinated hospital workers, and fully-vaccinated residents of healthcare settings.

Recently Recovered:  If a person who’s recovered from COVID-19 (meaning that they’ve met all criteria to end isolation), they don’t need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 or traveled to a U.S. state that doesn’t border New York if:

  • It’s been within 90 days since either the onset of symptoms or first positive COVID-19 test if asymptomatic, and
  • They remains asymptomatic.

Guidance on COVID-19, including vaccination and quarantine requirements, constantly evolve.  The Coppola Firm is here to keep you updated on the latest news and changes which might affect you and your business.  Reach out to us if you have any questions.