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.
NOTE: Information on this page is updated as it becomes available for publication.
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.
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:
Regardless of the need to quarantine, anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 should:
Vaccination Definitions for Quarantine Determinations:
Fully Vaccinated and Boosted
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.
Two doses of Pfizer (21 days apart); these ages are not eligible for a booster
Two doses of Pfizer (21 days apart); Pfizer booster 5 months after second dose
Two doses of Pfizer (21 days apart); booster 5 months after second dose OR
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
Helpful Resource Documents are located below.
Resource Information for Businesses (click on blue links below)
Internal Revenue Service
National Restaurant Association Resource Page
NYS Essential Business Guidance(updated 6-11-2020)
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
Resource Information for Agricultural Businesses (click blue links below)
Cornell and Cooperative Extension
Resource Information for the Community (click blue links below)
NYS Department of Labor Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
NYS Coronavirus General Information Hotline 888-364-3065
NYS DHSES DR-4480 Public Assistance
K-12 questions/issues can be directed via email to: SchoolQuestionsCOVID@health.ny.gov
Higher Education questions/issues can be directed via email to: ReopenHigherEd@health.ny.gov
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.
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.
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 Suicide Coalition: https://www.tiogacountyny.com/programs-agencies/suicide-prevention-coalition/
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