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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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

Check Your COVID-19 Test Result Online

How to Care for Someone with COVID-19

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (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