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COVID-19 Self-Monitor

Self-monitoring means checking yourself to see if you develop COVID-19 symptoms before or during the 14 day isolation period. More information is provided below.

When to self-isolate?

  • If you have traveled 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 stayed 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).

Self-monitor for signs and symptoms

  • Monitor for symptoms for 14 days after exposure. These 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

Isolate yourself from others.

You must self-isolate for a 14-day period. View our factsheet “COVID-19 Self-Isolation” to learn how to self-isolate. Some ways to self-isolate are;

  • Stay at home.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wear a mask.

Do not go to the hospital or your doctor’s office without calling ahead.

Symptoms getting worse

  • 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.
  • If you require medical advice, please call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000.
  • For urgent situations requiring immediate medical care, call 911.

After 14 days

  • You must complete your self-monitoring period and be symptom-free for at least 24 hours after the self-monitoring period is considered complete.

Some content was adapted from the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), from

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