You have received this text because you have been identified as someone who has a confirmed or probable test result for COVID-19. Please review the following next steps that you are required to complete:

What you need to do and know:

  1. Self-isolate
  2. Check for symptoms
  3. Tell others you have COVID-19
  4. Return to work and other activities when your self-isolation ends

Please note: If you tested positive for COVID-19 more than 90 days (3 months) ago, and have a new positive test result, this is considered a new COVID-19 infection. You must follow the directions below.

1. Self-Isolate

  • You must self-isolate immediately
  • Self-isolate for at least 5 days from your symptom onset, or test date if you have no symptoms, (whichever is earlier) if you are:
    • 12 years of age or older AND have received at least 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Self-isolate for 10 days from your symptom onset, or test date if you have no symptoms, (whichever is earlier) if you are:
    • 12 years of age or older AND have not received at least 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
    • Immune compromised, regardless of your age
  • Self-isolate for 20 days from your symptom onset, or test date if you have no symptoms, (whichever is earlier) if:
  • You have severe illness (requiring ICU-Level of care)
  • You are severely immunocompromised
  • Regardless of the duration of your self-isolation period, you must stay in self-isolation until your symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea).
  • This means that you must stay home, keep a 6 feet distance from others, wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your coughs and sneezes, and wear a well-fitted mask.
  • Read the How to Self-isolate fact sheet for more information.
  • If you cannot isolate at home, you may qualify to stay at the Toronto Voluntary Isolation Centre (TVIC). You can refer yourself to TVIC by calling 416-338-7600.
  • Self-isolation is legally required under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. If you do not self-isolate, you can be fined.

2. Check for Symptoms

  • While you are self-isolating, you should check for symptoms every day.
  • If your symptoms feel worse than a common cold, call your health care practitioner or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.
  • If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 911.
  • Before going for in-person medical care, tell them that you tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.

3. Tell Others You Have COVID-19

  • Tell the people you live with (household members) that they must self-isolate while you are isolating, regardless of their vaccination status.
  • Tell your close contacts outside your household that they may need to self-isolate.
  • Testing is only available for some contacts. Please refer your close contacts to the provincial page to find out if they can get tested.
  • Tell your employer and follow their COVID-19 policies.

Who are your close contacts outside your household?

  • Close contacts are people you spent time with during your infectious period, including:
    • Anyone who was within 2 metres (6 feet) of you for 15 minutes or more, without a mask;
    • Anyone you had multiple close encounters with over a 24-hour period (even if each was less than 15 minutes) without a mask

Find out your infectious period

  • Your infectious period began 48 hours before you started to have symptoms.
  • If you have no symptoms, your infectious period began 48 hours before your test date.

4. Return to Work and Other Activities when your Self-Isolation Ends

  • You may return to work and other activities on or after your self-isolation end date (at 11:59 p.m.) if:
    • You do not have a fever (without taking fever-reducing medications), and;
    • Your symptoms have been getting better for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea).
  • If you still have a fever or symptom(s) that are not getting better in the last 24 to 48 hours, you and your household members must continue to self-isolate until your symptoms have improved.
  • Do not visit any high-risk settings (e.g. hospitals, long-term care homes, or congregate living settings) or individuals who may be at higher risk for illness (e.g. older adults, those with a weak immune system) for 10 days since your symptom onset or test date, whichever is earlier.
  • Toronto Public Health does not recommend re-testing (e.g. clearance testing) or getting a doctor’s note to return to work and everyday activities.
  • If you are associated* with a high-risk setting, follow the additional direction on our high-risk setting webpage.
  • *Includes persons who live in, or are admitted to, a High Risk Setting (e.g. hospital, long-term care facility) as well as persons who work, volunteer, or attend a high-risk setting.

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