Exposure & Isolation Requirements

by Nathan Couvillon

Current Obligations Under Health Unit and Reopening Ontario Act

All orders remain in effect. All section 22 based on local health units are still active:

  • Active screening required
  • Contact tracing

Enforcement

  • Reopening Act of Ontario (ROA)
  • Bylaw enforcing
  • Individual fines begin at $750+
  • Business fines begin at $1,000+

PROVINCIAL Exposure & Isolation Requirements

Situation Unvaccinated/Partially Vaccinated Fully Vaccinated
Exposed to close contact that test positive Immediately test (PCR) & isolate for 10 d Immediately test (PCR) & isolate until negative test is received
If you are not symptomatic …and test negative, test again on day 7 and complete remainder of isolation Immediately test (PCR) and self-monitor for 10 d and follow public health measures
If you are symptomatic …and test negative, test again on day 7 and complete remainder of isolation

…and test positive, remain in isolation until symptom free for 24 h

Immediately test (PCR) & isolate

…if negative, stop isolation

…if positive, isolate for 10 d until symptom free for 24 h


WECHU Outbreak Process

Vaccinated or Unvaccinated workers testing POSITIVE

  1. Isolate
  2. Day-7 Test
  3. If negative and asymptomatic, they may exit
  4. If they refuse the test it will be treated as a positive and therefore required to isolate for remainder or until asymptomatic (up to 20 days)

Unvaccinated – Close Contact

  1. Isolate
  2. Day-7 Test
  3. If negative and asymptomatic, they may exit
  4. If they refuse the test it will be treated as a positive and therefore required to isolate for remainder or until asymptomatic (up to 20 days)

Positive or Close Contacts

Vaccinated workers TESTING POSITIVE – isolate, day 7 test and remainder of isolation until symptom free (could be up to 20 days inclusive of the initial test)

  1. Those that are close contacts testing negative initially must isolate and test again on day 7. If this is negative, they can exit quarantine.
  2. Similar to scenario 2 (above), if they refuse the day 7 test, they must isolate for the extension of days until 20 have passed since the initial test.

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