Friday, May 27, 2022

Province Makes Changes to Isolation Requirements

Public Health is making changes to a number of isolation requirements to coincide with the return to school.

As of Monday, if a school-age child is a close contact of a case who doesn’t live in the same household, and they are not fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms, they can return to school but must isolate when not at school for 10 days.

If that same child’s close contact is someone in their household, they are considered a high risk contact and must fully isolate for 10 days before returning to school.

The guidance for those who are fully vaccinated is similar.

Anyone who is fully vaccinated, asymptomatic, and is a close contact of someone outside their household can proceed to work or school, but must isolate the rest of the time for five days. Public Health says there are high-risk situations where these rules will not apply, such as those who work with vulnerable people.

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People who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic who are close contacts of someone in their home must fully isolate for seven days before returning to work or school.

There are no changes in isolation requirements for anyone with symptoms.

People who live in the same household are considered high-risk even if the confirmed case is isolating away from everyone else. This also includes sexual partners and couples who don’t live together.

Meanwhile, isolation requirements have also been changed for travelers entering the province, effective today.

They will still be given five rapid tests upon arrival, but can leave isolation after two negative tests taken 24 hours apart. However, they must continue testing for the other 3 days after leaving isolation.

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