COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)


Updated Isolation & Quarantine guidance from county health departments

Franklin County Public Health

Essex County Health Department

Dealing with COVID-19

If you think you may have COVID-19 and want to get tested for it, call our COVID screening clinic at 518-897-2462. 

Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, and new loss of smell or taste. 

Most cases of COVID-19 are mild and can be treated at home

If you have questions about COVID-19, the best place for the most up-to-date, accurate information is the state Department of Health and the CDC

Make sure you're doing your part to prevent the spread.

Mental health help

Many people have a difficult time self-isolating, and mental health problems may arise or be amplified during this time. The state has set up a web page with mental health resources, and a phone line for anyone who needs emotional support: 1-844-863-9314.

How to manage COVID-19

Most people who get sick with COVID-19 will experience mild symptoms and recover. If you get sick with it, you should:

  • Stay home.
  • Stay away from family members or other people quarantined in your home as much as possible - staying in a separate room is best, if possible.
  • Sick people should use a separate bathroom from people who aren’t sick, if space allows.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • Eat nutritious meals.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Stay well hydrated.
  • Use soap and water, a bleach mixed with water, or EPA-approved household products. You can make your own cleanser with a mixture of 1 cup of liquid unscented chlorine bleach in 5 gallons of water.
  • Anyone at high risk for complications should talk to their healthcare provider for more information.

Prevent the spread

Everyone should do the following to avoid getting sick or to avoid spreading the virus to others. Keep in mind that you can have COVID-19 and show no symptoms.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before you eat. Wet, lather, scrub for at least 20 seconds, rinse and dry. Consider keeping an alcohol-based hand sanitizer around for those times when soap and water might not be readily available. Click here to visit the CDC's website, where detailed information on proper handwashing can be found.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth, with unwashed hands. Mucus membranes on your face are the openings through which respiratory infections enter your body.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard it in a closed container. Then wash your hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.


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