Who is a Close Contact?

  • In general, a close contact is someone who had close contact (less than 2 metres) with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes (including cumulative time).
  • Close contacts may share common spaces.
  • The Timiskaming Health Unit helps the person with COVID-19 identify their contacts. The Timiskaming Health Unit will contact and provide instruction to close contacts to self-isolate for 14 days from the last time they interacted with the person who tested positive. 
  • If you have not been contacted by the Timiskaming Health Unit, then you are not a close contact. 

Additionally, consider downloading the new 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

Next Steps for Close Contacts

  • You MUST self-isolate and self-monitor for 14 days.
  • Do not return to work in-person.
  • Timiskaming Health Unit will provide recommendations for testing.
  • If you test negative, continue to self-isolate for 14 days (for the rest of the incubation period). 

Who is a Low-Risk Contact?

In general, a low risk contact is someone who spent less than 15 minutes together while maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres.

Next Steps for Low-Risk Contacts