You have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19
We have identified you as a close contact to a person with COVID-19. COVID-19 can be spread before a person has any signs of illness.
You must self-isolate immediately to prevent COVID-19 from spreading to others. This means you must stay home and stay away from others for 14 days from the day you were in last contact with the person with COVID-19.
How do I self-isolate
Your self-isolation starts from the day you were last in close contact with the person with COVID-19.
- 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
You can exercise outside as long as you can stay two metres away from others.
- 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
Learn more about self-isolation.
When should I get tested?
- If you have signs of a cold, the flu, or COVID-like illness (even mild ones):
- Get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.
- If you have no signs of a cold, the flu, or COVID-like illness:
- We recommend you get tested 7 days or more after you were last in contact with a person infected with COVID-19.
- When booking your appointment select the option: “I have been sent for testing by Public Health”
Even if your COVID-19 test is negative (not COVID-19), you must continue to self-isolate for the full 14 days.
What if I have already had one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine?
- COVID-19 vaccines are very good at preventing severe COVID-19 symptoms. At this time, we don’t know how much the vaccine prevents people from spreading COVID-19. If you are a close contact to a person infected with COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 14 days from when you were in last contact that person.
Where to get tested?
When should I get 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
- If you go for medical care, call ahead. Let them know you are self-isolating.
When can I end my self-isolation?
You can end your self-isolation if you have no signs of a cold, the flu, or COVID-19-like illness for 14 days. The 14 days start from when you were last in close contact with the person with COVID-19.
If you cannot self-isolate from a person with COVID-19, such as you live in the same home, you must continue to self-isolate until 14 days after the person with COVID-19 has finished their self-isolation period.
Where can I learn more?
To learn more about COVID-19:
- Go to the BC Centre for Disease Control website
- Go to our web section on COVID-19 for additional resources and answers to frequently asked questions.
If you have any questions or concerns, please 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.
What If I am a health care worker?
If you are a health care worker and live with someone infected with COVID-19, you must self-isolate as instructed above.
If you are a health care worker who does not live in a home someone who is infected with COVID-19, follow the instruction from Fraser Health on Self-Isolation Instructions for Health Care and Essential Workers.
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