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If your test result is POSITIVE:

  • Continue to self-isolate.
  • Make a list of your close contacts from 14 days prior to when you started having symptoms to assist in contact tracing. If you have no symptoms or are unsure when you started having symptoms, include your close contacts from 14 days prior to the date you were tested.
    • A “close contact” is a person who lived with, provided care for, or had close, prolonged contact (within 2 metres for at least 15 minutes, without appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment) with someone who tested positive.
  • Tell your close contacts that you tested positive and ask them to self-isolate for 14 days from their last contact with you. Learn more about what to do if you have been exposed or are a close contact of a positive case.
  • The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will contact you to follow-up.
  • For medical or health advice, call your health care provider or Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000.
  • If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Tell them you have tested positive and if you have any symptoms.

Please be advised that WECHU is contacting positive cases as quickly as possible. In the event that your isolation period has ended and you are symptom-free for 24-hours, it is acceptable to end your isolation prior to being cleared or contacted by the WECHU. The WECHU does not provide written clearance for employees or employers related to COVID-19 testing or isolation periods. If you require a written proof of your test result, please contact the assessment centre which administered your test.

How long should you self-isolate for?

  • Have mild to moderate symptoms: 
    Self-isolate for 10 days following the day your symptoms started. After 10 days, if you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, you can stop isolating.
  • Have severe symptoms or are immunocompromised:
    Self-isolate for 20 days after the day your symptoms started. After 20 days, if you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, you can stop isolating.
  • Do not have symptoms:
    Self-isolate for 10 days after the day you were tested. After 10 days, if you still have no symptoms, you can stop isolating.
  • Developed symptoms during self-isolation:
    Self-isolate for 10 days after your symptoms started. After 10 days, if you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, you can stop isolating.
  • Finished isolation with symptoms:
    Self-isolate until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours.
  • Develop symptoms after isolation:
    Self-isolate immediately and complete the online self-assessment to determine next steps.

If your test result is NEGATIVE:

  • Continue to self-isolate until you determine your next steps.
  • Please note that if you test negative, the Health Unit will not contact you.
  • For medical or health advice, call your health care provider or Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000.
  • If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Tell them you if you have any symptoms or possible exposure.

Determine your next steps. What to do if you:

  • Are a close contact of someone who tested positive or may have COVID-19:
    Self-isolate for 14 days from your last contact with the positive person, even if you have tested negative. After 14 days, if you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, you can stop isolating.
    A “close contact” is a person who lived with, provided care for, or had close, prolonged contact (within 2 metres for at least 15 minutes, without appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment) with someone who tested positive.
  • Had exposure to COVID-19:
    Self-isolate for 14 days from your last exposure, even if you have tested negative. After 14 days, if you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, you can stop isolating.
  • Have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days:
    Quarantine for 14 days after your return, even if you have tested negative. After 14 days, if you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, you can stop quarantining. Learn about quarantine for travellers without symptoms and travellers with symptoms.
  • Have not been exposed but have symptoms:
    Self-isolate until you are symptom-free for 24 hours.
  • Have no symptoms and no possible exposure:
    Continue practicing physical distancing and self-monitoring for symptoms. If you develop symptoms, self-isolate immediately and complete the online self-assessment to determine next steps.
  • Develop symptoms after isolation:
    Self-isolate immediately and complete the online self-assessment to determine next steps.

I’m a CLOSE CONTACT or may have been EXPOSED to COVID-19

A “close contact” is a person who lived with, provided care for, or had close, prolonged contact (within 2 metres for at least 15 minutes, without appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment) with someone who tested positive.

  • Self-isolate immediately and schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 test. Learn how to get tested.
  • Self-isolate for 14 days from your last contact with the positive person, even if you have no symptoms or have tested negative. After 14 days, if you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, you can stop isolating.
  • Make a list of your close contacts from 14 days prior to finding out you are a close contact to assist with contact tracing if you test positive.
  • Tell your close contacts that you are a close contact of a positive case and ask them to monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their last contact with you.
  • The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will contact you to follow-up.
  • For medical or health advice, call your health care provider or Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000.
  • If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Tell them you if you have any symptoms or possible exposure.

What to do if you:

  • Develop symptoms:
    Self-isolate for 14 days from your last contact with the positive person. After 14 days, if you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, you can stop isolating.
  • Finish isolation with symptoms:
    Self-isolate until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours.
  • Develop symptoms after isolation:
    Self-isolate immediately and complete the online self-assessment to determine next steps.

Low Risk Exposure

You have “low risk” exposure to COVID-19 if you:


Next steps for Low Risk Exposure:

High Risk Exposure

You have “high risk” exposure to COVID-19 if you:

  • Were in close contact with someone who tested positive,
  • Received a notification from the COVID Alert app that you have been exposed,
  • Were in a high-risk outbreak setting as identified by the Health Unit, or
  • Have recently travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.

Next steps for High Risk Exposure:

  • For medical or health advice, contact your health care provider or Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000.
  • If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Tell them if you have symptoms or possible exposure to COVID-19.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 3:07pm