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Fully vaccinated New Yorkers will not have to quarantine if they were exposed to coronavirus and experience no symptoms.

Posted: Feb 11, 2021 3:55 PM
Updated: Feb 11, 2021 4:50 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York will follow updated guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will not require certain individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to quarantine after being exposed to someone with the virus.

Cuomo and state health commissioner Howard Zucker said New York will follow CDC recommendations released Wednesday that apply to individuals who have received either the second shot of a two-dose vaccine or the first and only shot of a one-dose vaccine.

Once two weeks have passed, those individuals will not be required to quarantine after COVID-19 exposure if they experience no symptoms.

Cuomo and Zucker issued the following joint statement: 

"Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance regarding quarantine following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. According to the guidance, 'asymptomatic fully vaccinated individuals', meaning those who have received both shots and at least two weeks have passed since the second shot, are no longer required to quarantine within 90 days after the second shot.

"From the outset of the pandemic, New York State has followed the science and listened to the experts, and quarantine requirements only for New Yorkers who have received both shots will be similarly updated to reflect the CDC's new guidance. However, the science regarding COVID transmissibility post-vaccination remains unsettled, and this updated guidance is not an all-clear for New Yorkers to let their guard down.

"All New Yorkers, including those who have been fully vaccinated, should continue to wear masks, social distance, and be smart until herd immunity is reached and this pandemic is fully relegated to the history books."

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2155356

Reported Deaths: 53657
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Kings28880410522
Queens28324510023
Suffolk2047873414
Nassau1877353185
Bronx1871846598
New York1435654536
Westchester1317102296
Erie908201816
Richmond774921855
Monroe700711117
Orange49140847
Rockland47553758
Onondaga39603680
Dutchess29942447
Albany25107358
Oneida22861518
Niagara20299375
Broome18827367
Saratoga15810168
Ulster14164258
Schenectady13411206
Rensselaer11474145
Putnam1077793
Chautauqua9015146
Chemung7851137
Oswego772593
Ontario753293
Steuben7024147
Sullivan680076
St. Lawrence675897
Cayuga643092
Jefferson627568
Wayne586673
Cattaraugus580493
Genesee5460124
Herkimer5266110
Clinton488833
Madison461389
Livingston456860
Fulton447193
Tompkins446553
Montgomery4307128
Columbia4146104
Cortland397964
Tioga387863
Warren377262
Wyoming363153
Allegany358287
Chenango357077
Otsego351047
Greene347279
Washington321555
Orleans314483
Lewis284636
Franklin257912
Delaware243539
Seneca204257
Schoharie174319
Essex163626
Yates118226
Schuyler109014
Hamilton3182
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