- COVID-19 Self-Isolation
Self-isolation means that you must stay at home and not be in contact with friends, family members, or out in the community. An order has been placed by the Haldimand-Norfolk Medical Officer of Health to self-isolate at your home for a minimum of 14 days.
How to self-isolate?
When to Self-Isolate for 14 days?
- If you have travelled to an affected area in the past 14 days (outside/inside of Canada) prior to symptom onset.
- If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are waiting for results of a test.
- If you have lived or worked in a facility known to have an outbreak of COVID-19 (i.e. long-term care, prison, hospital).
- Living in the same shared space with a worker who has COVID-19 symptoms (Seasonal agricultural workers, First Responder, Health Care Worker).
Stay at home
- Don’t leave your property.
- You may exercise and walk your dog within your property.
- Do not use public transportation, taxis or rideshares.
- Do not go to work, school or other public places.
- Do not share household items.
Avoid contact with others
- Stay away from anybody over the age of 60 or people with medical conditions.
- Stay in a separate room in your home.
- Use a separate bathroom.
- Make sure that shared rooms have good airflow.
- Try to keep a distance of at least two meters from household members.
- Wear a mask to cover your mouth and nose.
Wash your hands
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Dry your hands with a paper towel or with cloth towel.
- Do not share towels with members in your home.
- An alcohol-based hand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol) can also be used.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hand.
- Use a lined wastebasket to throw tissues and wash your hands.
- Wash your hands after emptying the wastebasket.
- Avoid touching your face.
What should I do if I develop symptoms?
- If you develop symptoms of a respiratory illness (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing), call Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit COVID Hotline 519-426-6170 ext. 9999.
- Other symptoms can include shortness of breath (dyspnea), sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, new olfactory or taste disorder(s), nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, runny nose or nasal congestion.
- If you are a member of the public you must complete your self-isolation period and be symptom-free for at least 24 hours before the self-isolation period is considered complete.
- If you received a COVID-19 test, and are a Health Care Worker or Hospitalized you must achieve two negative test result’s taken 24 hours apart and be symptom-free for 24 hours before the self-isolation period is considered complete.
- A public health nurse will call you during the self-isolation period.
- Isolate yourself within the home as quickly as possible (and avoid close contact with others, including those in your home); AND
- Do not go to the hospital or your doctor’s office without calling ahead.
- For urgent situations requiring immediate medical care, call 911.
- If you require medical advice, please call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000.
- Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. Symptoms may include:
- Fever (Temperature 37.80 C or greater)
- New or worsening cough
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
- Sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Bad taste in mouth
- Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
- Runny nose or nasal congestion
Adapted from the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), from https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus?_ga=2.77513429.118419850.1585667852-79913229.1585667852.