Self-Monitoring, Self-Isolation and Isolation Instructions for COVID-19

At this time, it is strongly recommended that everyone stay at home as much as possible and avoid all non-essential trips in the community.

Self-monitoring
Self-isolating
Isolating

Self-monitoring

You should self-monitor if:

  • You have no symptoms, AND
  • You may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days, OR
  • You are in close contact with older adults or people who are medically vulnerable, OR
  • You have been asked to do so by the local public health authority

Self-monitoring means to:

Self-isolating

You must self-isolate if:

Self-isolation means to:

  • Stay at home
    • you CANNOT leave your private property to go for a walk or other physical activity, or to walk your pet until the EOHU advises you that you are no longer at risk of spreading the virus. You can only leave your property for an emergency
    • However, if you have a private yard, deck or balcony, you can use these to go outdoors as long as you are following the instructions for self-isolating/isolating. If you live in an apartment, you cannot leave your apartment unit
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days (Click here if you develop symptoms of COVID-19).
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • If you need to shop, use food delivery services or online shopping. Do not go into stores or supermarkets in person.
  • Arrange to have groceries and supplies dropped off at your door to minimize contact.
  • Ask family, a neighbor or friend to help with essential errands.

Isolating

If you are isolating, you must stay in isolation until the EOHU says you are no longer at risk of spreading the virus. You must isolate yourself if:

Isolation means to:

  • Stay at home except to get medical care. 
    • You CANNOT leave your private property to go for a walk or other physical activity, or to walk your pet until the EOHU advises you that you are no longer at risk of spreading the virus. You can only leave your property for an emergency
    • However, if you have a private yard, deck or balcony, you can use these to go outdoors as long as you are following the instructions for self-isolating/isolating. If you live in an apartment, you cannot leave your apartment unit
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • If you have pets or other animals, see How to Care for Pets and Other Animals If You Have COVID-19.
  • Monitor your symptoms of COVID-19 (Click here if you develop symptoms of COVID-19). If your symptoms are worsening, and you are concerned, contact Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider. 
    • If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and tell them if you have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Use food delivery services or online shopping if you need to shop. Do not go into stores or supermarkets in person. Arrange to have groceries and supplies dropped off at your door to minimize contact. Ask family, a neighbor or friend to help with essential errands.
  • Take care of yourself:
    • Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medication as directed, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), to help you feel better.
    • Keep your area well ventilated; if possible, open windows and avoid tobacco or other smoke.
    • For support for quitting or reducing tobacco use, contact your health care provider, Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000, or visit www.smokershelpline.ca.
    • Stay connected with friends and family by phone or computer.

If there are others in your home, you need to:

  • Stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if possible.
  • Keep at least 2 metres between yourself and other people.
  • Keep interactions brief and wear a mask.
  • Do not share personal items, such as toothbrushes, towels, bed linen, utensils or electronic devices.
  • At least once daily, clean and disinfect surfaces that you touch often, like toilets, bedside tables, doorknobs, phones and television remotes.
  • Avoid contact with individuals with chronic conditions, compromised immune systems and older adults.
  • Avoid contact with pets if you live with other people that may also be touching them.

Related information:

How to Self-Isolate

Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts

Tested. Now what? Instructions for Individuals Tested for COVID-19

Check Your COVID-19 Test Result Online

COVID-19: Stop the Spread (Ontario Ministry of Health)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Prevention and risks (Public Health Agency of Canada)

Eastern Ontatio Health Unit / Bureau de santé de l'Ontario