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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

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