Last updated: March 24, 2023
The Ministry of Health has shifted the focus of case and contact management to residents who are most vulnerable, including those associated with high-risk settings (e.g. hospitals, long term care). You are considered a close contact of COVID-19 if any of the following apply:
For directions on what to do if you are a close contact or have been exposed to COVID-19, take the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Self-Assessment.
Are you a parent or caregiver of a child who may be a close contact of someone with COVID-19? Refer to Respiratory Viruses: Information for Parents & Caregivers for more information.
If you have been told that you are a close contact, you do not need to self-isolate (stay home), unless you develop symptoms. For a total of 10 days from the last day you saw the person with COVID-19 you should:
If you are a close contact who lives in a high-risk setting (e.g. long-term care, or other congregate setting), you may need to self-isolate.
If you are a close contact who works/volunteers/attends a high-risk setting, and do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, you can continue to work while self-monitoring for symptoms for 10 days from your last exposure to the person with COVID-19. Speak to your employer and follow any additional workplace measures.
To find out if you are eligible for publicly-funded COVID-19 testing, visit the provincial website.
If you have a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at home, you can take it yourself. Visit our Testing page for details about what to do after completing a RAT or PCR test.
The provincial government is distributing RAT kits for use at home.
Note: The Toronto Voluntary Isolation Centre will be closed effective March 31, 2023. Intake will continue until March 26, 2023. Please contact the Toronto Public Health Hotline at 416-338-7660 (Monday to Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or 3-1-1 on weekends for more information.
If you are a contact of someone who has COVID-19 and you cannot safely self-isolate in your own home, you may be eligible to stay at the Toronto Voluntary Isolation Centre.
After your self-monitoring period, Toronto Public Health recommends that you continue to practice prevention measures. These include hand washing and physical distancing, where possible. Toronto Public Health also recommends wearing a well-fitted, high quality mask when in indoor public settings, especially if they are crowded or have poor ventilation or if you are around people who are at higher risk (such as seniors or those with a weak immune system). Masks are especially recommended for people at higher risk of getting seriously sick from COVID-19. Masks are still required in some settings.
If you have questions about self-monitoring and how to stop the spread of COVID-19, call Toronto Public Health Hotline at 416-338-7600.