Who is a close contact?

A close contact is anyone who was in contact with a positive COVID-19 individual and was two meters away or less for at least 15 minutes (or multiple shorter lengths of time), without a medical mask. Contact must have taken place in the 48 hours before symptoms started or the person tested positive, whichever came first.

Consider downloading the COVID Alert app on your smart phone. It lets users know if they may have been exposed to the virus. It is free, easy and safe to use. The more people who download the app, the more effective it will be in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Find more details here

I am a close contact. Do I need to self-isolate?

If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and you do NOT work in a highest risk setting, this chart shows whether you need to self-isolate. Highest risk settings are hospitals (including paramedic services), congregate living, long term care home, retirement homes, First Nation elder care lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices and correctional institutions.

If you work in a highest risk setting, please click here for instructions. Highest risk settings are hospitals (including paramedic services), congregate living, long term care home, retirement homes, First Nation elder care lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices and correctional institutions.

If I am required to self-isolate, what do I need to do?

You and your household members should follow these instructions if you need to self-isolate. 

A Section 22 class order is currently in place for certain individuals. This order enables the Timiskaming Health Unit to enforce self-isolation requirements. To see who the order applies to, click here.

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19?

Only certain individuals now qualify for an Assessment Centre test, and there are a limited number of rapid antigen tests available. For more information about COVID-19 testing in Timiskaming, click here.

If I test negative for COVID-19, do I need to continue to self-isolate?

If you test negative, continue to follow self-isolation instructions. This is due to the virus’ incubation period. Close contacts can develop symptoms and become COVID-positive during self-isolation, even if they have previously tested negative. Following self-isolation requirements will prevent more people from becoming exposed to COVID-19.

Which symptoms should contacts self-monitor for?

Click here for a list of symptoms.

Who is a low-risk contact?

In general, a low-risk contact is someone who maintained a physical distance of at least two metres from the person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Other factors such as ventilation, masks and PPE, and exposure time are also considered.

Next steps for low-risk contacts

  • Self-monitor for 10 days.
  • If you develop symptoms, click here for details about what to do next. 

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