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This Version Posted: June 3, 2022

Learn what to do if you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms.


What to Do if You Live With an Individual with COVID-19 Symptoms

What to Do if You Are a Close Contact of a COVID-19 Case But Do Not Live in the Same Household

If you’ve been exposed to someone from another household with symptoms of COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19, you do not need to isolate (regardless of your vaccination status). However, for 10 days after exposure, you should:

  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Wear a mask and avoid activities where removing a mask would be necessary (like dining out).
  • Do not visit anyone who is at higher risk of illness (like seniors).
  • Do not visit or attend work in high-risk settings (like hospitals and long-term care homes) unless you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.

Close Contacts vs. High-Risk Contacts
Close Contacts

When it comes to potential exposure to a COVID-19 case, you are considered a close contact if:

  • You were within 2 metres (6 feet) for a prolonged period of time (at least 15 minutes, or multiple shorter lengths of time)
  • You had multiple close encounters with someone
  • You had close personal contact with the person, such as a hug, handshake or massage.
  • You live or provide care in the same home

You are not considered a close contact if:

  • You had a brief close contact while wearing a mask and/or with a barrier in place
  • You passed someone quickly
  • You greeted someone and kept your distance
  • You made a delivery to someone who was self-isolating, but had no contact with them.
High-Risk Contact
  • A high-risk contact is someone who had close contact (see above) with a positive case during their contagious period.
  • People can be contagious with COVID-19 for 48 hours before their symptoms start. If they did not have symptoms, their contagious period is considered to be 48 hours before their positive test result (whichever came first). 

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Questions? Submit a question through the Health Unit’s Click and Connect.