COVID-19 self-assessment result
October 26th, 2020 at 9:02 p.m.
1. Get tested
Make an appointment and go to the nearest assessment centre for a COVID-19 test.
2. Except for testing, stay home
This is called self-isolation. You could be carrying the virus without knowing it and spread it to people in your community.
Do not go into public spaces unless it is for a critical reason (like going to an assessment centre or for a medical emergency).
These are general guidelines. Follow the instructions of the assessment centre staff after getting tested.
If you have symptoms with no known exposure
Stay home for 10 days. The 10 days start from the date you began feeling symptoms.
You do not have to self-isolate anymore if you get tested and the result is negative (you do not have the virus) and you are feeling better.
If you were exposed to a COVID-19-positive person
Stay home for 14 days and monitor for symptoms. The 14 days start from the date you were exposed.
It is 14 days because that is how long it may take for symptoms to appear.
If you got a COVID Alert exposure notification
Stay home until you get your test result.
You do not have to self-isolate anymore if you get tested and the result is negative (you do not have the virus) and you are feeling good.
Face coverings and masks
- use one when you are on the way to get a test or visit a hospital
- cover both your mouth and nose
- do not touch it without washing or sanitizing your hands first
- learn how to wear and use face coverings and masks This link will open in a new window
Groceries, medications, and essential items
- get someone who does not live with you to deliver these items
- place orders over the phone or online
- do not go into stores or supermarkets in person
Work and workspaces
- work from home (if possible)
- if you cannot work from home, call your manager and occupational health and safety representative
- let them know you have been instructed to self-isolate
- discuss your next steps with them to make sure you and your company are taking the right safety precautions
- find out if you are eligible for unpaid, job-protected infectious disease emergency leave (your employer cannot fire you for taking this leave)
Roommates and family you live with
- they should self-isolate only if you test positive for the virus, however, check your local public health unit's website or call to see if there are any actions they need to take (some public health units, like Ottawa and Peel, have different rules based on local risk)
- stay in a room away from them (if possible)
- use a different bathroom (if possible)
- keep a distance of at least 2 metres in shared spaces like kitchens or living rooms
- wear a face covering or mask when you are around them
People you do not live with
- only contact them over the phone or online
- do not invite them over or socialize in person
3. Tell people you have been in close physical contact with
This is for people you were in close physical contact with in the:
- 2 days before your symptoms started
- days between now and when you were exposed to the COVID-19-positive person
If you got a COVID Alert exposure notification, follow the instructions in the app.
Tell them to:
- pay attention to their health and note if anything changes
- take this self-assessment
Close physical contact means any of the following:
- being less than 2 metres away in the same room, workspace, or area
- living in the same home
- being in the same classroom
4. Monitor your health
Pay attention to your health and note if anything changes for 14 days.
Your doctor or the assessment centre will tell you your next steps and if you need to be re-tested.
Most COVID-19 illnesses are mild. If you start to experience worsening symptoms, please visit your local emergency department. Call before you go and let them know you have used this self-assessment.
Roommates and family you live with
- they should note any changes to their health too (this is called self-monitoring)
- young children might have less specific symptoms like sluggishness or lack of appetite