COVID-19: What to do if Symptomatic, Positive or Exposed

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Last updated: Jan.24, 2022

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If you've been identified as a Close Contact

  • If you’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms, find out what to do next. 
  • You can also take this self-assessment.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms

If you've tested positive for COVID-19

Isolate & Notify Close Contacts

  • Learn how to self-isolate.
  • If you are 12 years or older and fully vaccinated, self-isolate for at least 5 days from symptom onset and until your symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms), whichever is longer in duration. The people you live with must also isolate at the same time as you, whether they are fully vaccinated or not. Notify close contacts.*
  • If you are 12 years or older and NOT fully vaccinated, self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, or from the date of your PCR or RAT test result (whichever came sooner).The people you live with must also isolate at the same time as you, whether they are fully vaccinated or not. Notify close contacts.*
  • If you are under 12 years of age (regardless of your vaccination status), self-isolate for at least 5 days from symptom onset and until your symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms), whichever is longer in duration. The people you live with must also isolate at the same time as you, whether they are fully vaccinated or not. Notify close contacts.*
  • If you are immune compromised (regardless of age and vaccination status), self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, or from the date of your PCR or RAT test result (whichever came sooner). The people you live with must also isolate at the same time as you, whether they are fully vaccinated or not. Notify close contacts.*

*A close contact is anyone you were less than two metres away from for at least 15 minutes, or multiple shorter lengths of time, without personal protective equipment in the 48 hours before your symptoms began or your positive test result, whichever came first. Close contacts in schools should follow the school-based guidance. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive on a COVID-19 test, tell your close contacts they have been exposed.

Guide for Highest Risk Settings 

A different approach applies for individuals who work, volunteer, live or are admitted to highest risk settings.

Highest risk settings include hospitals, Long-Term Care settings, retirement homes, congregate living settings and where health care workers provide care to immunocompromised people.

The following information is based on guidelines from the Ontario Ministry of Health. Please follow instruction provided by your organization.

  • Whether you have symptoms, were exposed or tested positive, notify your employer/home or care provider and isolate for 10 days from your symptom onset/exposure/date of diagnosis. To ensure sufficient staffing levels, workers in these settings will have the opportunity to return to work early on day seven of their isolation, with a negative PCR test, or two negative rapid antigen tests on day six and seven. 
  • If you've been exposed to someone who has tested positive, refer to the flowchart for highest risk setting employees.

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