Last updated September 10, 2020 4 p.m.
Q: What does it mean to be a close contact of a COVID-19 case?
A: Close contacts are defined as anyone that had contact with a case for more than 15 minutes and within two metres or the length of one hockey stick. People are considered close contacts even if they were wearing a mask. OR:
Q: Should I get tested if I am a close contact?
A: Yes, since you have been told that you’re a close contact, Public Health recommends that you are tested for COVID-19. Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment . While you are waiting for your test results you are required to self-isolate. Refer to Advice for People Tested for COVID-19
Q: I am a close contact of a COVID-19 case. What should I do?
A: Because you are a close contact of a COVID-19 case you are legally required to isolate for 14 days from the time you were exposed. This is mandatory under the Public Health Act.
Q: How do I get my results?
A: Result options.
Q: Do I still have to isolate for 14 days if my test comes back negative?
A: Yes. On the day you were tested, there may not have been enough virus in your body, for the test to pick up. Isolating for a full 14 days ensures that there is no virus in your system and therefore you won’t continue to spread it.
Q: How can I prepare for self-isolation?
A: How to isolate.
Q: What if the person who has COVID-19 shares the same house as me?
A: You will want to do all of the above, as well as taking these other precautions:
Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19 and should I monitor myself for them?
Q: What exemptions are there to mandatory self-isolation?
Q: If I’m a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, do my close contacts (e.g. my family, household members, friends I saw before self-isolation, etc.) need to isolate and get tested?