Mandatory Isolation

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Wed, 05/13/2020 - 13:26

For COVID-19 positive individuals and their household

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Mandatory isolation means staying in your place of isolation (home) or in a designated area of your home (if possible), when you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. This is to prevent spreading the virus to others in your home and community. DO NOT leave your property unless you need to seek medical attention.

You have to be in mandatory isolation:

  • If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • All household members must also be in mandatory isolation.

To mandatorily isolate, you must:

  • Follow the direction provided by your health care provider.

How long do I have to be in mandatory isolation?

COVID-19 Positive Person:

Your health care provider will be the one to tell you when you can come off isolation. Their assessment will include the following:

  • A minimum of 10 days since you developed symptoms; and
  • You have no fever and your symptoms have improved; and
  • You receive two (2) negative test results taken 24 hours apart.

Your health care provider may extend your isolation time based on their assessment.

Household Members:

Household members need to isolate for a minimum of 14 days from their last exposure to the person with COVID-19 and may have to isolate longer based on health care provider advise.

To minimize the length of time you household members are exposed households may choose to isolate in different locations.

Look after yourself: 

If you are having a hard time or are feeling down, support is a phone call away.

  • NWT Helpline: 1-800-661-0844
  • NWT Family Violence: 867-767-9061
  • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

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