This Version Posted: June 26, 2020
You MUST self-isolate in certain cases to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This helps protect you if you don’t have the virus. If you have the virus, self-isolating reduces the risk of you passing it on to others.
Please Note: On April 14, 2020, the local Medical Officer of Health issued the following Class Order under Section 22 (5.01.1) under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. This 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.
When to Self-Isolate
- If you’ve travelled outside of Canada and have just returned
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or provide care to someone with symptoms
- If you do NOT have COVID-19 symptoms, but have been advised to self-isolate (strongly recommended if you are over age 70 and/or have existing medical conditions).
How to Self-Isolate
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 self-isolate. If you have questions about this, call your local public health unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2050.
- Isolate for 14 days beginning when your symptoms started.
- After 14 days, you can stop isolating if you:
- No longer have a fever and your symptoms have improved
- Did not develop any symptoms. You MUST continue with physical distancing measures.
- If you are still unwell at 14 days, contact Telehealth or your health care provider for further direction.
Self-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 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 14 Days
If you do not develop symptoms after 14 days OR If you no longer have a fever and your symptoms have improved:
- You can stop self-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 at 14 days, contact Telehealth or your health care provider for further direction.
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This information is from the Public Health Ontario fact sheet “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) How to self-isolate”
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