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 Ontario.ca/exposed 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 Ontario.ca/exposed

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