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COVID-19 Contact Information

COVID-19 Contact Information

What to do if you have been in contact with a person with COVID-19

If you have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19, including up to two days before the person started to have symptoms or went for a COVID-19 test, you may be a close contact and may need to self-isolate.

How do I know if I am a close contact?

You are considered a close contact if:

  • You were near a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes when safety measures were not in place or were insufficient. Safety measures may include physical barriers or physical distancing of at least 2 metres.
  • If you were wearing a non-medical mask, you would still be considered a close contact. Some interactions that are less than 15 minutes can also be considered close contact.  
  • A person with COVID-19 sneezes or coughs on you.
  • You interacted with a person up to two days before they showed symptoms. Some people who don’t show symptoms may still be contagious.
  • You interacted with the person up to two days before they went for a COVID-19 test.

 

I am a close contact. Do I need to self-isolate?

Whether you need to self-isolate depends on your immunization status.

You are Fully Immunized.

You received your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine seven or more days before coming into close contact with a person with COVID-19.

  • You do not need to self-isolate 
  • Monitor closely for symptoms for 14 days
  • Get tested if you have any symptoms of COVID-19

You are Unimmunized or Partially Immunized

You have not been vaccinated, you have been vaccinated with a first dose, or you have been vaccinated with a second dose less than seven days before coming into close contact with a person with COVID-19.

  • You need to self-isolate for 10 days from time of close contact
  • Monitor closely for symptoms for 14 days
  • Get tested if you have any symptoms of COVID-19

How do I self-isolate?

Your self-isolation starts from the day you were last in close contact with the person with COVID-19.

Self-isolation means:

  • Monitoring for signs of COVID-19.
  • Staying at home
  • Staying away from others in the home
  • Using a separate bathroom if possible
  • Getting basics like groceries and medications delivered or brought to you by someone not in self-isolation

You can exercise outside as long as you can stay at least two metres away from others.

  • Do not go to work, school, or other public areas (such as grocery stores, shopping malls, fitness centres, or places of worship)
  • Do not have visitors
  • Do not share personal items with others
  • Do not use public transport

For more information see the BCCDC Self-Isolation and Self-Monitoring page.

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19?

If you get sick with signs of a cold, the flu, or COVID-like illness (even mild ones):

  • Get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible

No matter whether you have signs of illness or not, if you have been told to self-isolate and you test negative for COVID-19, you must do both of these things:

  • You must self-isolate for the full 10 days from when last in contact with COVID-19.
  • You must monitor for signs of COVID-19 for 14 days from when last in contact with COVID-19.

Where and how can I get tested?

  • To find the nearest testing location, go to our testing information page.
  • You can make an appointment online through the COVID-19 Test Booking Form 24 hours a day, or call 1-877-740-7747 for assistance between 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., PST, seven days a week. Please try to book within 24 hours or the first available test in the closest collection centre.

Can I get vaccinated if I am a close contact?

COVID-19 vaccines offer the best protection against COVID-19.

If you are self-isolating and have not received a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, once you’re self-isolation is over, please book an appointment or drop in to an immunization clinic.

If you do not need to self-isolate, please get your first or second dose as soon as you’re able (see the minimum interval for the second dose).

When should I get medical care?

People with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of more severe illness due to COVID-19. This can include older people and people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease.

  • If your symptoms feel worse than a common cold you can call your health-care provider
  • Call 8-1-1 any time day or night if you have any questions or concerns about your health
  • Call 9-1-1 if you have more severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing or chest pain
  • If you go for medical care, call ahead. Let them know you are self-isolating.

How do I self-monitor? 

Use the COVID-19 Assessment tool every day to check for any symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from when you were last in close contact with the person with COVID-19.

If you feel well, you may continue to go to work, school and all activities. Avoid being around people who would be at a higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, such as the elderly and people with weak immune systems due to medication use or illnesses.

If you become ill, isolate away from others and book an appointment to get a COVID-19 test. Continue to isolate until your results are back and symptoms go away.

 

Where can I learn more?

To learn more about COVID-19:

If you have any questions or concerns, please call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1. To speak with someone in your language, call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1.

When you call, say your language in English 3 times, then wait until an interpreter comes on the phone.