You have been identified as a close contact of a person with COVID-19.

If you live, work, attend, volunteer, or are admitted to a high-risk setting (e.g. hospitals including complex continuing care facilities and acute care, congregate living settings including long-term care and retirement homes, or First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities), visit the provincial website for more information, otherwise, you may follow the instructions below.

What you need to do and know:

  1. When to self-isolate
  2. When to get tested
  3. Check for symptoms
  4. Tell others
  5. Protecting others

1. When to Self-isolate

Not Fully-Vaccinated OR Weak Immune System

  • If you are not fully vaccinated OR have a weak immune system (for example, received an organ or stem cell transplant, or undergoing chemotherapy or immunosuppressant therapy) you must self-isolate for 10 days from the last time you had close contact with the person with COVID-19.

Fully Vaccinated and Symptomatic or Tested Positive for COVID-19    

  • Self-isolate for at least 5 days from symptom onset or from the date of your test, and until your symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (48 hours for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain), whichever is longer in duration.

Fully Vaccinated and Have No Symptoms

  • Self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days after your last exposure

Self-isolation Information

Self-isolation means that you must stay home, keep away from others, wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your coughs and sneezes, and wear a mask.

2. When to Get Tested

Most individuals do not need a COVID-19 test. If you are eligible and have access, get a PCR test, rapid molecular test or rapid antigen test. If testing is not available, you must fulfill any self-isolation requirements.

3. Check for Symptoms

  • Check for symptoms every day for 10 days after you last had close contact with the person with COVID-19.
  • If you have symptoms it is highly likely you have COVID-19 and must self-isolate immediately. Refer to the provincial self-isolation guidance.
  • If your symptoms feel worse than a common cold, call your health care practitioner or Tele-Health Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.
  • If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 911.

4. Tell Others

  • Tell your employer and/or school that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
    • Follow any restrictions from work, as specified by your employer.
  • Tell all of your household members (regardless of their vaccination status) that they must self-isolate if you develop symptoms.
  • Before going for in-person medical care, tell them that you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
  • Visit our webpage for more information.

5. Protecting Others

  • If you are not required to self-isolate, you should still maintain masking, physical distancing and all other public health measures.
  • You should not visit any high-risk settings or individuals who may be at higher risk of illness (e.g., seniors) for 10 days from the last time you had close contact with the person with COVID-19.

More Information

  • Toronto Public Health strongly encourages everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated.

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