Last updated: November 18, 2022
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 If your Child is a Close Contact of a person with COVID-19 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. Learn more here.
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 strongly recommends that you continue to practice prevention measures. These include hand washing and physical distancing, where possible. Toronto Public Health also strongly recommends wearing a well-fitted, high quality mask when in all indoor public settings including schools and child care settings. 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.