Isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. This means all situations where you may come in contact with others, such as social gatherings, work, school, child care, athletic events, university, faith-based gatherings, healthcare facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, shopping malls, and all public gatherings.
There are a number of reasons why a person would be required to isolate:
|Reason to Isolate||Length of Time|
|You have returned from Canada from outside the country.||Isolate for 14 days if you returned from travel outside of Canada after March 12 and monitor for symptoms.|
|You have been tested, but do not have your results yet.||Until you receive you test results. If negative, isolation is not required unless you have symptoms (see below). If positive, isolate as per below.|
|You have been identified by Alberta Health Services as a close contact to someone that has tested positive.||Isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms if you are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19.|
|You have tested positive for COVID-19.||Isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.|
|Someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19 (and therefore you are a close contact to someone that has tested positive).||Isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms if you are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19.|
|You have ANY symptoms of COVID-19 that are not related to a pre-existing condition.||Isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer. Symptoms such as a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.|
If you have been ordered to isolate, it is incredibly important that you do so and follow all the isolation requirements. This means staying in one location, as in one address. Moving around, going for walk, or going for a drive is not allowed - it is illegal. You cannot leave your house to get groceries, your mail, supplies or prescriptions.
- Stay home – do not leave your home or attend work, school, social events or any other public gatherings.
- Avoid close contact with people in your household, especially seniors and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- You are prohibited from taking public transportation like buses, taxis or ride-sharing.
- Do not go outside for a walk through your neighbourhood or park. This includes children in mandatory isolation.
- You can get fresh air in your backyard, if you have one, but you must remain on private property not accessible by others.
- If you live in an apartment building or high-rise, you must stay inside and cannot use the elevators or stairwells to go outside. If your balcony is private and at least 2 metres away from your closest neighbour, you may go outside on the balcony.
For more information about isolation, visit the Alberta Health Website.
It’s a good idea to have an action plan in place for your household in case you are required to isolate. Plan ahead and arrange for things like groceries, prescriptions and other essential supplies to be delivered.
- Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan.
- Discuss with household members, other relatives, and friends and what the needs of each person will be.
- Make sure you have proper names and contact information for people that would be included as "close contacts" if you were to test positive.
- Plan ways to care for those at greater risk of serious complications, such as ensuring you have sufficient medication, and determining what supplies are needed and if they can be delivered.
- Talk with your neighbours about emergency planning.
- Create a list of local organizations you can contact if you need access to information, health-care services, support or resources.
- Create an emergency contact list.
- Choose a room in your home you can use to separate sick household members from healthy ones.
- Choose a separate bathroom for sick individuals to use, if possible.
- Plan to clean these rooms as needed when someone is sick.
- Have 72 hours’ worth of food and supplies at home. We do not recommend stockpiling goods.