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This page is a centralized location of all COVID-19 (Coronavirus) related information for Tioga County. Tioga County has taken aggressive steps to curb the spread of Coronavirus in conjunction with New York State and Federal officials. We understand that the impacts of these efforts will touch on and disrupt all aspects of our lives - work routines, children's schooling, jobs, and businesses. As your local government, we are working hard to provide assistance, support, and help as needed. 

  News & Announcements

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments for February 25

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic this Friday in Candor

NOTE: Information on this page is updated as it becomes available for publication.


  Pandemic Operations Plan

  Public Health Information

Self-Attestation for Isolation and Quarantine 

If you test positive for COVID-19 with an at-home test or a lab confirmed test, immediately isolate yourself and notify your close contacts and your workplace or school. You may complete a self-attestation form as legal documentation for your isolation or quarantine. These forms and additional information about isolation and quarantine are available at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-contact-tracing. 

Attestation Form for Isolation:   https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2022/01/affirmation_of_isolation_011222.pdf

Attestation Form for Quarantine:  https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2022/01/Affirmation_Of_Quarantine_011222.pdf

These forms are for your own use, DO NOT submit them to the Health Department. Forms may be printed after they are completed, or saved as PDF and emailed to your employer or school. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call 607-687-8600 (option 1).

If you tested positive using an at-home test, please complete the attestation form above for your own record. You do not need to report any additional information to the health department. 


Isolation keeps someone who is infected with COVID-19 away from others. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status must isolate.

  • Isolate for 5 days (where day 0 is the day symptoms started, or day you test positive if asymptomatic).
  • You can end isolation after 5 days if you have remained symptom-free OR if symptoms are resolving and you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. (Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and should not delay the end of isolation.)
  • If your symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, you should wait to end your isolation until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around other people at home and in public for 10 days (where day 0 is the day symptoms started, or day you test positive if asymptomatic).
  • If you are moderately to severely immunocompromised, isolate for 10 days.
  • Individuals not able to wear mask should isolate for 10 days.
  • Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.


Quarantine keeps someone who was exposed to COVID-19 away from others. The following guidance is for anyone who has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19:

  • If you are not fully vaccinated or fully vaccinated and eligible for a booster but not yet boosted, quarantine for 5 days, where day 0 is the last date of exposure.
    • Fully vaccinated K-12 students, teachers, and staff who are eligible for but not yet received a booster may attend school and ride the bus (no extracurricular/after-school activities) and remain in quarantine outside of school.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and not yet eligible for a booster, no quarantine is required.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and received the booster dose at least 2 weeks before the first date of exposure, no quarantine is required. 
  • If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days, no quarantine is required.

Regardless of the need to quarantine, anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 should:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask around other people at home and in public for 10 days (where day 0 is the last day of exposure).
  • If possible, get tested at day 5. If you test positive, isolate according to the guidance above.
  • If symptoms appear, quarantine and seek testing. In this situation, quarantine would end when the test is negative. If testing is not done, isolate according to the guidance above.
  • Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.

Vaccination Definitions for Quarantine Determinations:

Fully Vaccinated

  • You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and
  • You are not yet eligible for a booster

Fully Vaccinated and Boosted

  • You are fully vaccinated as defined above, and
  • Two weeks have passed since you received the booster dose

Additional Dose for Some Immunocompromised People
Some moderately or severely immunocompromised people ages 5+ should get a third dose of vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated. If you are eligible, you should get this additional dose 28 days after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and before you get a booster shot. Consult with your healthcare provider for further guidance.

Vaccine Recommendations

Ages  5-11:

Two doses of Pfizer (21 days apart); these ages are not eligible for a booster

Ages 12-17:

Two doses of Pfizer (21 days apart); Pfizer booster 5 months after second dose

Ages 18+:

Two doses of Pfizer (21 days apart); booster 5 months after second dose OR
Two doses of Moderna (28 days apart); booster 5 months after second dose OR
Single dose of Johnson & Johnson; booster 2 months after single dose

Special Populations

K-12 Schools
The same isolation and quarantine guidelines apply to schools as for the general population above with the exception of the close contact definition excluding students who were between 3 to 6 feet with proper mask-wearing.


Find updated COVID-19 data including case numbers and vaccination rates by visiting: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view 

Find a COVID-19 Vaccination Site near you at: https://www.vaccines.gov/ 

  Business Support Information

Helpful Resource Documents are located below.

Resource Information for Businesses (click on blue links below)


Small Business Administration

Internal Revenue Service

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S Chamber of Commerce

USDA Guaranteed Loan Program for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

National Restaurant Association Resource Page


NYS DOH COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan

NYS Essential Business Guidance(updated 6-11-2020)

Empire State Development

Binghamton Small Business Development Center

NYS Restaurant Association Resource Page

NYS Liquor Authority Deliveries and To-Go Restrictions

NYS Liquor Authority Guidance for licensees serving food with alcoholic beverages


NYS Department of Tax and Finance Sales and Use Tax Relief

NYS Tourism Association COVID-19 Toolkit

NYS Education Reopening FAQs


Tioga County Tourism Business Reopening Guidance

Local Lending Institutions Relief Programs






Resource Information for Not For Profit Organizations (click blue links below)


National Council of Nonprofits




NY Council of Nonprofits (NYCON)




COVID-19 Response Funds from the Community Foundation for South Central New York


CNY Non-profits COVID-19 Facebook group


Tioga County Foundations Coalition Emergency Fund

Resource Information for the Community (click blue links below)


Federal CARES Act Income Tax Rebate Calculator

CDC Travel Health Information

Fannie Mae mortgage relief

Freddie Mac mortgage relief



NYS DOH COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan

NYS Department of Labor Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

NYS Coronavirus General Information Hotline 888-364-3065

NYS DHSES DR-4480 Public Assistance

Get Involved:How Can you Help

NYS Travel Advisory and Restrictions

K-12 questions/issues can be directed via email to: [email protected]

Higher Education questions/issues can be directed via email to: [email protected]



  • Emergency Food Hotline (607) 354-0965
  • Tioga County Public Health Voicemail Line 687-8623
  • Tioga County Coronavirus Response Hotline 687-8225
  • Tioga Opportunities Grab & Go Lunch for Older Adults Age 60+ 687-4120
  • Tioga Opportunities Free Grocery and Prescription Deliveries 687-4222  *Orders must be prepaid
  • To Donate to local non-profit organizations click HERE


  Social Services & Career Center

A self-service kiosk offering applications for SNAP (Food Stamps), Public Assistance, Medicaid and HEAP is available from 9 am - 5 pm Monday thru Friday in the vestibule of the Health and Human Services Building on Route 38, Owego, NY. There is also a drop-box outside the main entrance for customers to leave applications and other required paperwork.

Tioga County DSS is operational and applications are being processed. If you would like to speak to someone about applying for benefits, questions regarding your case, or other assistance you require for you and your family during this crisis, you may call 607-687-8300. The phone lines are open 9 am - 5 pm, Monday – Friday; you will be put in touch with the appropriate DSS department.

HEAP specific calls can dial 607-687-8428. To apply online, or for additional information on programs available, go to www.MyBenefits.ny.gov.

Tioga Career Center is operational and available by phone 607-687-8504 or email [email protected]. During this crisis, our hours will be 9 AM - 5 PM.

Updates and information can be found on the Tioga Career Center Facebook page. Please like and follow us for up to date information on services and jobs, including information from the NYS Dept of Labor on services and benefits for those employees and businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Assistance is available for general public for filing for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits on phone or on line, UI issues and concerns, job searching, and referral to other agencies for services.

Assistance is available to businesses for Unemployment questions, assistance programs/loans/grants, on the job training, posting job openings, labor law, human resource, and other business related services.

  Mental Health Resources

We understand that many people may be experiencing mental health symptoms that are new to them with all that is happening with the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are encouraging anyone experiencing mental health or substance use difficulties to contact us at 607-687-4000.

At this time the Owego clinic remains open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM and is providing services remotely by telephone and telehealth (video); we are remotely able to offer new Intake Assessments (Mental Health and Alcohol & Drug Services), health assessments, individual therapy, psychiatric medication management, Suboxone management, crisis services, and face to face services as necessary.   The Waverly clinic remains open Tuesday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM for remote therapy and medication management services. 

After hours crisis remains available by phone after 5 PM weekdays and on weekends by calling 607-687-1010 and asking for the on-call mental health social worker.

Additional and updated information can always be found on Tioga County Mental Hygiene Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TiogaMH/

New York State Office of Mental Health - OMH

Office of Addiction Services and Supports - OASAS

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA 

Tioga County ASAP Coalition:  https://tiogaasap.org/ or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TiogaASAP/

Tioga County Suicide Coalition: https://www.tiogacountyny.com/programs-agencies/suicide-prevention-coalition/ 

  Legal Notices & Press Releases

The executive orders from the Governor of New York State can be found here https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders.

The executive orders from the President of The United States can be found here https://www.federalregister.gov/presidential-documents/executive-orders/donald-trump/2020