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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 and to get tested. 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 your symptoms have been improving for at least 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 your symptoms have been improving for at least 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 your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours, you can stop isolating.
  • Finished isolation with symptoms:
    Self-isolate until your symptoms have been imporving for at least 24 hours.
  • Develop new or worsening symptoms after completing the required isolation period:
    Everyone’s immune system reacts differently to the COVID-19 virus. Contact your health care professional if you develop new or worsening symptoms after being cleared by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit or after completing your isolation period.

    Symptoms Within 90-days of Clearance
    If your symptoms reappear within 90 days of clearance, following a re-exposure to a confirmed case within the 90 days, isolate yourself from others and contact the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. You do not need to have another COVID-19 test within that 90 day period, unless directed by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

    Symptoms After 90-days of Clearance
    If 90 days have passed since the last confirmed COVID-19 infection, take the COVID-19 online self assessment or contact your health care provider, and follow the recommendations provided. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will contact you to follow-up if you get tested and have a positive COVID-19 result.


If your test result is NEGATIVE:

  • Continue to self-isolate until you determine your next steps (see below).
  • 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.

  • 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 your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours, or you remained symptom-free, 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.
  • If you had exposure to COVID-19:
    Self-isolate for 14 days from your last exposure, even if you have tested negative. After 14 days, if your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours, or you remained symptom-free, you can stop isolating.
  • If you have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days:
    Quarantine for 14 days after your return, even if you have tested negative. You must have two COVID-19 molecular tests in Canada. 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.
  • If you have not been exposed but have symptoms:
    Self-isolate until your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours.  Contact your local assessment centre or your healthcare provider to get tested. If you are not tested and receive no alternative diagnosis from your healthcare provider, you must continue to isolate for 14 days from when your symptoms began.
  • If you 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.
  • If you develop new or worsening symptoms after completing the required isolation period:

    Everyone’s immune system reacts differently to the COVID-19 virus. Contact your health care professional if you develop new or worsening symptoms after being cleared by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit or after completing your isolation period.

    Symptoms Within 90-days of Clearance
    If your symptoms reappear within 90 days of clearance, following a re-exposure to a confirmed case within the 90 days, isolate yourself from others and contact the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. You do not need to have another COVID-19 test within that 90 day period, unless directed by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

    Symptoms After 90-days of Clearance
    If 90 days have passed since the last confirmed COVID-19 infection, take the COVID-19 online self assessment or contact your health care provider, and follow the recommendations provided. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will contact you to follow-up if you get tested and have a positive COVID-19 result.


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 your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours, or you remained symptom-free, you can stop isolating.
  • If you have no symptoms, others in your household must stay home except for essential trips (e.g., work, school, groceries, medical appointments)
  • If you develop symptoms, everyone in your household must self-isolate and only leave the house for medical reasons (e.g., COVID-19 test or medical appointment).
  • 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 your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours, you can stop isolating.
  • Finish isolation with symptoms:
    Self-isolate until your symptoms have been improving for at least 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:
  • Monitor for symptoms for 14 days after exposure.
  • If you develop symptoms, everyone in your household must self-isolate and only leave the house for medical reasons (e.g., COVID-19 test or medical appointment).
  • If you develop symptomsself-isolate immediately and complete the online self-assessment to determine next steps.

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:
  • Self-isolate immediately and book an appointment for a COVID-19 test at a local assessment centre. Learn how to Get Tested.
  • If you have no symptoms, others in your household must stay home except for essential trips (e.g., work, school, groceries, medical appointments)
  • If you develop symptoms, everyone in your household must self-isolate and only leave the house for medical reasons (e.g., COVID-19 test or medical appointment).
  • Follow guidance for if you test positive, test negative, or are a close contact.
  • If you have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, you must quarantine for 14 days. Learn about quarantine for travellers without symptoms and travellers with symptoms.

  • 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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Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 12:06pm