You and the people who live in your home must self-isolate immediately to prevent COVID-19 from spreading to others.

The time you can spread COVID-19 to others started two days before you first became sick,  or two days before the day you were tested, whichever came first. Public Health tells you when this time ends.

How do I self-isolate?

Self-isolation means:

  • Staying at home
  • Staying in a separate room
  • Staying away from others in the home
  • Using a separate bathroom if possible
  • Getting basics like groceries and medications delivered or brought to you by someone not in self-isolation
  • Do not go to work, school, or other public areas (such as grocery stores, shopping malls, fitness centres, or places of worship)
  • Do not have visitors
  • Do not share personal items with others
  • Do not use public transport

If people living in your home cannot self-isolate away from you, they must continue to self-isolate for 14 days after you have completed your self-isolation period.  

Learn more about self-isolation.

Symptoms and getting medical care

People with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of more severe illness due to COVID-19. This can include older people and people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease.

  • If your symptoms feel worse than a common cold:
    • Call your health care practitioner, or
    • Call the Fraser Health Virtual Care Team, 1-800-314-0999 (10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily)
  • Call 8-1-1 any time day or night if you have any questions or concerns about your health
  • Call 9-1-1 if you have more severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing or chest pain

*Any time you go for medical care, call ahead. Let them know you have COVID-19.

Notifying close contacts

Notify the people you were in close contact during the time you could spread COVID-19. Tell them that they are more likely to get COVID-19. Give each of your close contacts the link to the Contact Notification page.

Close contacts are people:

  • Who live in the same home as you, or
  • You have spent longer than 15 minutes with, where you and the other person/people were less than 6 feet (2 meters) apart. This includes people that you may have worked or socialized with. 

This does not include health care or long term care facilities, daycares or school communities or classrooms. Public Health will follow-up on theses settings specifically. 

Ending self-isolation

  • If you no longer have a fever and your symptoms are continuing to get better by the end of your isolation period given to you by Public Health, you no longer need to self-isolate. You might have a cough for several weeks. A cough alone is not a reason to self-isolate for longer than the time given to you.
  • If your symptoms get worse or continue beyond your self-isolation period, arrange to see a health care provider as described above in Symptoms and Getting Medical Care.
  • If you did not have symptoms when you spoke with public health, but symptoms develop during your isolation period, your isolation period will be longer. In this case, your isolation period will end 10 days from when your symptoms started.
  • If you never had symptoms, you can end self-isolation 10 days from the day you were tested or when Public Health has told you that you can end it.

When your self-isolation is complete, continue to take precautions such as physical distancing, wearing a mask (especially when you cannot stay physically distant from others), and cleaning your hands often. Anytime you cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue, your sleeve, or your elbow. 

Where can I learn more?

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Fraser Health COVID Call Back number (if provided with your call) or call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1. 

To speak with someone in your language, call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1. When you call, say your language in English 3 times, then wait until an interpreter comes on the phone. 

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