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Who needs to quarantine?

  • People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 – excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 6 months or who are fully vaccinated.
  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 6 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
  • People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
  • People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.

Options for individuals who cannot quarantine for 14 days

There are two options for a shorter quarantine period.

Exposed individuals who have no symptoms of COVID-19 can shorten their quarantine to 7 days if they get a negative result from a PCR test (nasal swab or saliva) taken no earlier than on day 6 of their quarantine. If the test is negative and the person has NO symptoms, the person may resume activities on day 8. If someone chooses not to get tested, they will need to remain in quarantine for 10 days and can resume activities on day 11 if they have NO symptoms.

If someone needs to quarantine and develops symptoms, this individual may NOT test out of quarantine with a negative test result. They must quarantine for 14 days and their symptoms must be improved in order to be released from quarantine.

Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should monitor for symptoms for 14 days and get tested if symptoms develop.

Due to high-risk situations, residents in long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities and prisons are not eligible for the shortened quarantine period.