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Province updates COVID-19 isolation protocols

The provincial government has updated the COVID-19 isolation protocols. If you or a close contact develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, you can complete the provincial self-assessment tool to help determine your isolation requirements. The updated self-isolation guidelines are also available on the KFL&A Public Health website.

Some key highlights of the updated guidelines include:

  • Individuals should stay home when they feel sick or have symptoms of respiratory illness – whether or not they test positive for COVID-19. This means staying home until:
    • Your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours for nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea), and
    • You do not have a fever, and
    • You do not develop any additional symptoms.
  • After having symptoms, additional precautions are recommended for a total of 10 days following the day symptoms started. If you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19, additional precautions are recommended for 10 days from your last exposure. Additional precautions include:
    • Wearing a well-fitted mask in all public settings
    • Avoiding non-essential activities where mask removal is necessary
    • Avoiding visiting anyone who is immunocompromised or may be at higher risk of illness (for example, seniors)
    • Avoiding non-essential visits to highest risk settings such as hospitals and long-term care homes
  • Individuals who are immunocompromised and have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 should still isolate for 10 days from their symptom onset or positive test result.
  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 but are asymptomatic do not have to isolate, but should take additional precautions (see above) for 10 days from test date.
  • Workers in highest risk settings (e.g., hospitals and long-term care homes) who are close contacts of individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or positive COVID-19 test are able to return to work without isolating, provided they have no symptoms and follow additional precautions.

If a student needs to miss a class, exam, or other academic requirement due to COVID-19 illness, symptoms, or self-isolation requirement, academic consideration will be granted. Medical documentation of illness is not required. Students can submit an academic consideration request by following your Faculty's/School's established protocol for students with extenuating circumstances.  Find additional information about the Extenuating Circumstances procedure and policy.