COVID-19: Self-Isolation

What is Self-Isolation?

Self-isolation means you must stay home and isolate away from others in the home as much as possible. Only leave if it’s a medical emergency or if permitted by TBDHU. You should not have visitors unless it’s essential (e.g. health care providers).


When to Self-Isolate

To determine whether you need to self-isolate and for how long, please visit the Ministry of Health's page:

Confirm if you need to Self-Isolate


How to Self-Isolate

For details on how to self-isolate, including what you can and cannot do, see Public Health Ontario's fact sheet:

How to Self-Isolate



How Long to Self-Isolate

How long your self-isolation period is depends on your age, vaccination status and where you work. Follow the instructions at

When determining your isolation period, the day your symptoms began, the day you tested positive or the day you were exposed to an individual with COVID-19 or with symptoms, (whichever came first) is day 0.

For example, for those isolating for 5 days, if you develop symptoms on Sunday (day 0), you can come out of self-isolation on Saturday (day 6). See the video below for further explanation.

When you reach the end of your isolation period, you can come out of self-isolation IF you do not have a fever AND your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (48 hours for nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea).


Be Prepared to Self-Isolate

For information on what items to have on hand, as well as plans to have in place should you and your household need to self-isolate, see the TBDHU's Emergency Preparedness page:

Be Prepared to Self-Isolate


Additional Resources

Last Updated: 19/04/2022