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Tested Positive for COVID-19

You have been directed to this page as you have recently tested positive for COVID-19.  As a confirmed case, we are relying on you to play an active role in preventing further transmission.

As you are positive for COVID-19, you must:

  • Stay home and self-isolate to protect your family, friends and community
  • Do not leave your home unless you require urgent medical attention
  • Do not leave your home for: work, school, groceries, pharmacies, elective medical care, or other non-emergency purposes
  • Ask family and friends to help with these non-urgent activities while you are self isolating

Instructions: Read the following information thoroughly to determine your risk and the actions you are required to take.

Step 1: Determine your risk

High Risk

You are considered high risk of spreading COVID-19 to vulnerable communities, which includes people who are employed as, volunteer as, attend or have had close contact with:

  • People working in any type of a health care setting (even if they are not in a patient-facing role, such as an administrator) including clinical offices, hospitals, dental offices and pharmacies
  • First responders (paramedics, police and fire)
  • People that assist others with physical care needs, like Personal Support Workers
  • Residents and staff in long-term care, retirement homes and other group or congregate living facilities
  • Members of remote, isolated, rural and/or Indigenous communities
  • Individuals who work in schools or other educational settings (e.g., child care, post-secondary schools)
  • Individuals who work in child care settings or live/work/volunteer/attend shelters, group homes, prisons, dorms or other settings with vulnerable individuals (e.g., those with weakened immune systems, older adults, those with underlying health conditions, etc.)

Low Risk

If you are not employed, volunteer, attend, or have close contact with any of the above individuals or settings, you are considered low risk.

Step 2: Read the appropriate section below to determine the steps you are required to take



Actions to take if you are high risk

Step 1: Self-isolate

As you are positive for COVID-19, you must stay home and self-isolate to protect your family, friends and community. Do not leave your home unless you require urgent medical attention. Do not leave your home for work, school, groceries, pharmacies, elective medical care, or other non-emergency purposes. Ask family and friends to help with these non-urgent activities while you are self isolating. You should also:

  • Stay in a separate room and use different washroom facilities, food preparation and dining spaces from other household members.
  • Stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people in your home and wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If you cannot stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from others in your home, wear a mask and frequently wash your hands.

Step 2: Notify your close contacts and tell them to self-isolate

Close contacts include people you have had intimate contact with, people who have physically cared for you (for example, helped you with bathing, feeding or dressing) or people you’ve cared for. Close contacts also include anyone that you have visited with or that came to your home, spent time with at work or elsewhere for more than 10 minutes that were not at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from you during the time you spent with them.

Notifying close contacts helps make sure they are taking the appropriate steps to prevent unknowingly transmitting COVID-19 to others.

  1. Make a list of everyone you were in close contact with from:
    • 48 hours before you became sick (i.e., the first date you started feeling unwell from COVID-19) or tested positive (if you are asymptomatic) UNTIL
    • date you started self-isolating.
  2. Please advise all of these individuals that they should also immediately self-isolate (following the same instructions above) for 14 days after last contact with you.

Call these individuals right away to let them know. You can also add details about your close contacts, COVID-19 symptoms and onset dates by using the Contact+ application where you accessed your lab results.

In addition, your household contacts should also be told by you to self-isolate for 14 days after last being in contact with you. Household self-isolation means using separate sleeping, living, toileting, eating and food preparation spaces. If this is not possible in your home (i.e., you do not have a separate room or washroom for yourself and need to be in the same areas including communal areas of your home), the members of your household must self-isolate for 14 days after the end of your self-isolation, if they themselves remain well and never develop any symptoms.

Step 3: Monitor your symptoms

If you experience severe symptoms requiring urgent attention (e.g., shortness of breath, chest pain) or otherwise require urgent medical attention, call 911 and let them know that you have COVID-19. If you are taken to the hospital and are admitted (i.e., stay there on a floor not in the Emergency Department), please notify York Region Public Health at 1-800-361-5653 and tell those at the hospital that you have COVID-19.

If you develop other symptoms, experience non-emergent worsening of your existing symptoms, or are otherwise concerned about your health but don’t require immediate medical attention, please contact your healthcare provider or call Telehealth and let them know that you have COVID-19. If you must leave your house for a medical appointment:

  • Call ahead to tell your healthcare providers (including EMS) that you are self-isolating for COVID-19.
  • Wear a mask. Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Travel by private vehicle where possible. Do not take public transit. If you do not have a private vehicle and must take a taxi or other ride sharing service, sit in the back with the window down.

Step 4: Keep in touch with York Region Public Health

If there is any change in your status, for example if you are hospitalized, one of your household contacts have symptoms or if you have any questions, please phone us at 1-800-361-5653.

Step 5: Come out of self-isolation

Stay home for at least 10 days after your symptoms first started or the date you tested positive (if you never had symptoms). You can discontinue isolation after 10 days from symptom onset (or 10 days from positive test collection date if you never had symptoms), provided you do not have a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours. Absence of cough is not required for those known to have chronic cough or who are experiencing reactive airways post-infection. Sometimes your cough lasts longer than the time you are sick. If it has been more than 10 days and you feel better, other than a mild cough, you can stop self-isolating.

Many people will likely feel better after only a few days, but it is important that you stay home for the full 10 days to prevent others from becoming sick. If it has been 10 days and you are still not feeling better, call us at 1-800-361-5653.

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Actions to take if you are low risk

Step 1: Self-isolate

As you are positive for COVID-19, you must stay home and self-isolate to protect your family, friends and community. Do not leave your home unless you require urgent medical attention. Do not leave your home for work, school, groceries, pharmacies, elective medical care, or other non-emergency purposes. Ask family and friends to help with these non-urgent activities while you are self isolating. You should also:

  • Stay in a separate room and use different washroom facilities, food preparation and dining spaces from other household members.
  • Stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people in your home and wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If you cannot stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from others in your home, wear a mask and frequently wash your hands.

Step 2: Notify your close contacts and tell them to self-isolate

Close contacts include people you have had intimate contact with, people who have physically cared for you (for example, helped you with bathing, feeding or dressing) or people you’ve cared for. Close contacts also include anyone that you have visited with or that came to your home, spent time with at work or elsewhere for more than 10 minutes that were not at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from you during the time you spent with them.

Notifying close contacts helps make sure they are taking the appropriate steps to prevent unknowingly transmitting COVID-19 to others.

  1. Make a list of everyone you were in close contact with from:
    • 48 hours before you became sick (i.e., the first date you started feeling unwell from COVID-19) or tested positive (if you are asymptomatic) UNTIL
    • date you started self-isolating.
  2. Please advise all of these individuals that they should also immediately self-isolate (following the same instructions above) for 14 days after last contact with you.

Call these individuals to let them know and you can also add details about your close contacts, COVID-19 symptoms and onset dates by using the Contact+ application where you accessed your lab results.

In addition, your household contacts should also be told by you to self-isolate for 14 days after last being in contact with you. Household self-isolation means using separate sleeping, living, toileting, eating and food preparation spaces. If this is not possible in your home (i.e., you do not have a separate room or washroom for yourself and need to be in the same areas including communal areas of your home), the members of your household must self-isolate for 14 days after the end of your self-isolation, if they themselves remain well and never develop any symptoms.

Step 3: Monitor your symptoms

If you experience severe symptoms requiring urgent attention (e.g., shortness of breath, chest pain) or otherwise require urgent medical attention, call 911 and let them know that you have COVID-19. If you are taken to the hospital and are admitted (i.e., stay there on a floor not in the Emergency Department), please notify York Region Public Health at 1-800-361-5653 and tell those at the hospital that you have COVID-19.

If you develop other symptoms, experience non-emergent worsening of your existing symptoms, or are otherwise concerned about your health but don’t require immediate medical attention, please contact your healthcare provider or call Telehealth and let them know that you have COVID-19. If you must leave your house for a medical appointment:

  • Call ahead to tell your healthcare providers (including EMS) that you are self-isolating for COVID-19.
  • Wear a mask. Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Travel by private vehicle where possible. Do not take public transit. If you do not have a private vehicle and must take a taxi or other ride sharing service, sit in the back with the window down.

Step 4: Keep in touch with York Region Public Health

If there is any change in your status, for example if you are hospitalized, one of your household contacts have symptoms or if you have any questions, please phone us at 1-800-361-5653.

Step 5: Come out of self-isolation

Stay home for at least 10 days after your symptoms first started or the date you tested positive (if you never had symptoms). You can discontinue isolation after 10 days from symptom onset (or 10 days from positive test collection date if you never had symptoms), provided you do not have a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours. Absence of cough is not required for those known to have chronic cough or who are experiencing reactive airways post-infection. Sometimes your cough lasts longer than the time you are sick. If it has been more than 10 days and you feel better, other than a mild cough, you can stop self-isolating.

Many people will likely feel better after only a few days, but it is important that you stay home for the full 10 days to prevent others from becoming sick. If it has been 10 days and you are still not feeling better, call us at 1-800-361-5653.

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