QUARANTINE — This is the removal of a person to a separate location where they are away from physical contact with others while their status can be determined. People in quarantine are kept away from others while it is determined if they have Covid-19.
Those in quarantine are in one of the following two situations:
- They have been in close proximity (within 6ft for more than 10 minutes) with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 (this is referred to as quarantine “for proximity” and is the most common reason to quarantine)
Tip: The fewer people you are within 6ft of for more than 10 minutes, the lower the likelihood that you will need to quarantine “for proximity”.
- They are experiencing symptoms that could be from Covid-19 and are awaiting test results (this is sometimes referred to as quarantine “for cause”)
“for proximity” defined — This refers to the reason that a person who has been within 6ft for more than 10 minutes of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 during the time which that person was contagious is required to quarantine. The standard length of quarantine “for proximity” is 14 days from the last date of contact with the person who tested positive for Covid-19.
“for cause” defined — This refers to the reason that a person who has displayed Covid-19 like symptoms and is awaiting test results is required to quarantine. Those in quarantine “for cause” can leave quarantine upon receipt of a negative test result.
ISOLATION — This is the removal of a person to a separate and different location (than the quarantine location) due to the person testing positive for Covid-19. The standard length of isolation after a person tests positive is 10 days from the date of the positive test provided they are over their symptoms.