Last updated: November 24, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.
If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should:
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, and you were not a close contact of someone with COVID-19, you must:
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must:
Some people may experience mild or no physical symptoms. Symptoms can take up to 14 days after exposure to COVID-19 to appear, and include new or worsening:
If you are having difficulty breathing, call 911.
Disease symptoms may be different, depending on age. Children and older adults with COVID-19, may also have non-specific symptoms, such as:
Rarely, children can get an inflammatory condition that impacts the blood vessels, called vasculitis. It can present with prolonged fever, abdominal pain, red eyes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. It needs medical attention.
For others, there is a higher risk for severe illness, including people over the age of 60, and those with weakened immunity or underlying health conditions.
If you have been advised by Telehealth, your health care provider, or your local public health unit to self-monitor, follow Public Health Ontario’s instructions on how to self-monitor.
Instructions on how to self-monitor are also available in: French | Arabic | Bengali | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Eastern Ojibwe | Farsi | German | Greek | Gujarati | Hindi | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Mohawk | Oji-Cree | Polish | Portuguese | Punjabi | Romanian | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Swampy Cree | Tagalog | Tamil | Ukrainian | Urdu | Vietnamese
For your protection, you should take extra precautions if:
You must isolate yourself from others if:
Follow Public Health Ontario’s instructions on how to self-isolate.
Instructions on how to self-isolate are also available in: French | Arabic | Bengali | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Eastern Ojibwe | Farsi | German | Greek | Gujarati | Hindi | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Mohawk | Oji-Cree | Polish | Portuguese | Punjabi | Romanian | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Swampy Cree | Tagalog | Tamil | Ukrainian | Urdu | Vietnamese
There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. People who have COVID-19 should receive supportive health care to help relieve symptoms. People with more severe illness may require hospitalization.
If symptoms feel worse than a standard cold, call your health care practitioner. They can relieve symptoms by prescribing a pain or fever medication.
You should also:
There is a test for COVID-19. The test tells you if you have the infection right now.
You should get tested for COVID-19 if:
Toronto Public Health offices are not an assessment centre and testing is not provided at our offices.
If you were not tested but have symptoms of COVID-19, and you were not a close contact of someone with COVID-19, you will have to self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started. Household members should continue to self-monitor for 14 days. Household members can continue to attend school or work as long as they do not have symptoms.
If you were not tested but have symptoms of COVID-19 and were a close contact of someone who had COVID-19, you will have to continue to self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started. Household members will need to self-isolate for 14 days and get tested if they develop symptoms. They cannot attend school or work until COVID-19 is ruled out.
Due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in Toronto, Toronto Public Health (TPH) has temporarily changed how we do contact tracing. We are focusing our efforts on the highest risk situations. This means people who have COVID-19 and whose infection poses the most risk to others.
For the time being, TPH will contact people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to:
TPH is asking people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 to identify the number of close contacts they had in the 14 days before their symptoms started. A close contact is anyone they spent more than 15 minutes with at any indoor social gathering or in a crowded indoor space who is not part of their household. This information will help TPH identify people who had 10 or more high-risk contacts to help with contact management and follow up. TPH will also be using an online survey to collect information on how people got infected to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our city. TPH continues to investigate and respond to outbreaks in hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes, shelters, schools, and child care settings.
When the number of COVID-19 cases in Toronto returns to a manageable level, TPH will resume its regular contact tracing process.
The Toronto Voluntary Isolation Centre is available for individuals living with others who need a safe and comfortable space to self-isolate.
When someone has COVID-19, they must stay home and self-isolate to prevent further virus spread. Unfortunately, some people may not be able to do this safely in their own home. There may be other people living in their household and/or they may not have enough space to self-isolate from others. They may also have an underlying health condition and live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
If someone is not able to self-isolate they risk spreading COVID-19 to others in their household, which means it could spread in the community too. The Toronto Voluntary Isolation Centre helps reduce these risks.
As part of the COVID-19 case and contact management process, Toronto Public Health will determine who may benefit from staying at the Centre. Everyone who is eligible will be offered this service and they can decide if it is right for them.
Toronto Public Health will organize your stay at the Toronto Voluntary Isolation Centre.
If you need transportation to and from the Centre, Toronto Public Health can arrange that for you. You will have free access to a comfortable and safe room along with Wi-Fi, a landline phone, television, and three meals and two snacks a day.
Call the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline at 416-338-7600, seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. to learn more.
There are no tests for staff to do to be cleared to return to work.
In general, staff can return to work 10 days after their symptoms began if they had COVID-19.
For other illnesses, or if someone tested negative for COVID-19, they should not return to work until they no longer have a fever and symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours.
If a staff was a close contact of someone who had COVID-19 then they must self-isolate for 14 days.