Types of isolation

Last modified: 
09/02/2021 - 14:27
  1. Self-isolation (mandatory self-isolation)

    • For travellers returning from travel outside of the NWT.
  2. Isolation (mandatory isolation)

    • For those confirmed to be COVID-19 positive or contacts of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • Those who have had an exposure to COVID-19 and who are now symptomatic.
    • Those who become symptomatic with COVID-19 symptoms, or
    • Any household member of anyone required to isolate.
    • “Isolation” is sometime referred to as “Mandatory Isolation” or “Medically advised Isolation”
  3. Mandatory Federal Quarantine


Self-Isolation

Self-isolation means that you must:

1. Self-isolate at home, a designated isolation centre, or private suite.The required self-isolate time is different for vaccinated travellers and their household members than for unvaccinated travellers and their household members.

  • Avoid contact with other people to help prevent spread of the virus before the development of symptoms or at the earliest stage of illness
  • You can go out for fresh air if you don’t have symptoms by yourself or with other self-isolating household members while practicing physical distancing. This includes boating, unoccupied playgrounds, ski trails, drive-thrus, etc. – as long as you avoid areas that have many people and maintain your distance or wait until others leave. You cannot enter public areas such as a golf course or territorial parks as there is too much risk of contact with others.
  • If an individual is within a community’s boundary, the OCPHO ask that they limit their outings to 90 minutes as there is a higher risk of coming into contact with others if they are in town.  If they are outside a community boundary they cannot enter another community boundary, but can stay out longer than 90 minutes to enjoy outdoor activities as they are less likely to come in contact with others. Self isolating individuals must ensure they are back in their place of isolation each day and complete their symptoms checks on time. 
  • If you must run an urgent errand, try to contact a care group in your local area first. If you must run an urgent errand by yourself (e.g. picking up medication), wear a non-medical mask while practicing physical distancing.
  • Do your part to prevent the spread of disease by practicing physical distancing in your home

2. Monitor yourself for symptoms (even just one mild symptom). 

  • You and other household members should follow healthy respiratory practices:
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes
    • Wash your hands
    • Clean and disinfect

If symptoms develop during your self-isolation:

  1. Isolate yourself from others as soon as you notice your first symptom
  2. immediately call a health care provider to discuss your symptoms and travel history, and follow their instructions carefully
  3.  If you are at risk of more severe diseases or outcomes, monitor yourself for worsening or severe symptoms
  4. Call 9-1-1 if you develop severe symptoms and let them know that you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

For the full legal requirements of self-isolation view the current public health orders.


Isolation

Self-isolation means that you need to:

  1. Stay at home, a designated isolation centre, or private suite and monitor yourself for symptoms, even just one mild symptom.
  2. DO NOT leave your property unless you need to seek medical attention. This is to prevent spreading the virus to others in your home and community.

If you start to develop symptoms during your Isolation, you must:

  1. Isolate yourself from others as soon as you notice your first symptom
  2. Immediately call a health care provider to discuss your symptoms and travel history, and follow their instructions carefully
  3. If you are at risk of more severe diseases or outcomes, monitor yourself for worsening or severe symptoms
  4. Call 9-1-1 if you develop severe symptoms and let them know that you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

For the full legal requirements of isolation view the current public health orders.


Mandatory Federal Quarantine

All travellers entering Canada, regardless of citizenship, must follow testing and quarantine requirements.