This Version Posted: December 18, 2020
In certain cases, you MUST isolate or quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This protects you and others from illness, especially those more at risk from COVID-19 such as seniors and people with chronic medical conditions.
Please Note: On December 12, 2020, the Acting local Medical Officer of Health issued the following updated Class Order under Section 22 (5.01.1) under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. This order replaces an original order pertaining to self-isolating due to COVID-19. The updated Class Order is designed to protect the health of local residents by reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.
On this page
- When to Isolate
- How Long to Isolate
- How to Isolate
- What should I do if I develop symptoms?
- Isolating with NO COVID-19 Symptoms (Older Adults and people with existing medical conditions)
- After Your Self-Isolation Period
- Additional Resources
When to Isolate
Public health staff will give you further direction on when and how long to isolate or quarantine, depending on your circumstances. In general, you must isolate:
- If you are diagnosed with COVID-19.
- If you have the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, have been tested and are awaiting the results.
- If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms (even mild ones).
- You must quarantine if you are identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, is awaiting test results or is believed to have symptoms.
- Parents and caregivers of anyone under age 16 who tests positive for COVID-19, is awaiting test results or is believed to have symptoms may also need to isolate.
NOTE: The federal government also has mandatory quarantine and isolation orders in effect for travelers to and from Canada. Please click here for full details.
How Long to Isolate
You must remain in isolation or quarantine as directed by public health staff.
In general, you must isolate for:
- 10 days if diagnosed with mild to moderate COVID-19 illness and symptoms
- 20 days if you suffered more severe COVID-19 illness (e.g. requiring Intensive Care Unit level support) or are immune-compromised.
You must quarantine for:
- 14 days if you had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or strongly suspected of having the virus.
Please follow specific public health guidance for isolating and quarantining, or call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020 for further direction.
How to Isolate
- How to Self-Isolate Fact Sheet – Public Health Ontario
Avoid contact with others
Keep your distance
Wash your hands
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
What should I do if I develop symptoms?
- Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.
- Contact Telehealth (1-866-797-0000) or your health care provider.
- Anyone with whom you had close physical contact (e.g., in your household) in the two days before your symptoms started or after symptoms started should also isolate. If you have questions about this, call the local Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020.
- You will be directed by the Health Unit or health care provider on how long you need to isolate or quarantine.
- When you stop isolating or quarantining, you should continue with measures to prevent COVID-19, including physical distancing and properly wearing a mask or face covering.
- If you are still unwell at the end of your isolation or quarantine period, contact Telehealth or your health care provider for further direction.
Isolating with NO COVID-19 Symptoms (Older Adults and people with existing medical conditions)
- Stay at home. Do not go to work, school, or other public places
- Limit visitors to essential care providers
- Arrange to have someone pick up essentials like groceries or medication for you
- Practise physical distancing. Keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) from others
- Cover your cough and sneezes
- Wash your hands often
- Monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19
- If you develop symptoms, take the Ministry of Health’s Self-Assessment tool to determine if you need further care
- You can go outside for exercise and fresh air! Remember that if you are outside, do not gather in groups and always practise physical distancing.
- You’re encouraged to self-isolate for your own protection, but at a minimum you must continue to practise physical distancing.
After Your Isolation Period is Over
If you do not develop symptoms after your isolation period is over OR If you no longer have a fever and your symptoms have improved:
- You can stop isolating, but for your protection, stay home except for essential trips (e.g. groceries and medication)
- You MUST practise physical distancing measures when in public
- Continue with frequent handwashing and avoid touching your face
If you are still unwell after this period, contact Telehealth or your health care provider for further direction. You can also call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020.
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