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COVID - What you need to know as a close contact

September 09, 2021

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How do I know I was exposed?

  • A family member, friend, acquaintance, roommate or co-worker has spent time with you when they were infectious with COVID-19.

But I've been vaccinated, now what?

  • It depends when and how many doses you have received.

 

HOW MANY DOSES OF VACCINE

HAVE YOU RECEIVED?

DO YOU NEED TO

GET TESTED?

DO YOU NEED TO

SELF-ISOLATE?

NONE
YesYes, for 14 days after your last exposure
1 DOSE ONLYYesYes, for 14 days after your last exposure

2 DOSES AND THE LAST DOSE WAS

IN THE LAST 14 DAYS

YesYes, for 14 days after your last exposure

2 DOSES AND BOTH DOSES WERE

MORE THAN 2 WEEKS AGO

No, unless you work in a

high risk setting

ONLY if you have symptoms and until they

are improved for 48 hours

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

ยท         Common: fever, chills, cough, tired, muscle aches, nausea / vomiting, diarrhea

  • Less frequent: shortness of breath, sore throat, new or unusual worsening of chronic conditions, decreased or loss of appetite, new loss of smell and/or taste
  • Rare: confusion, runny nose, fainting, skin rashes, eye symptoms

What does self-isolation mean?

  • STAY HOME
  • DO NOT leave your private property. This means do not go to work, stores, malls, restaurants, places of worship, social events or any other public setting.
  • STAY and SLEEP in a completely separate room from others in your home. USE a separate bathroom if you can.
  • A negative test result for a close contact does not mean that you can stop self-isolating earlier than 14 days after the last exposure.
  • Visit www.saskatchewan.ca/self-isolation for more information

 

What is a high risk setting?

  • Hospitals, long term care facilities, personal care homes, group homes, correctional facilities, homeless shelters

I work in a high risk setting, what should I do as a close contact?

  • GET TESTED
    • If you are FULLY IMMUNIZED, you do not need to SELF-ISOLATE
    • If you are not fully immunized, SELF-ISOLATE for 14 days after the last exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, you are not permitted to return to work until symptoms have significantly improved for 48 hours or your end of isolation date โ€“ whichever is later.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?


What should the people I live with do while I self-isolate?

ยท         If they are 12 year of age and older, GET IMMUNIZED.

  • If they have had two doses of vaccine more than 2 weeks ago, there is no need to get tested or self-isolate, unless they have symptoms.
  • If they have symptoms, GET TESTED and SELF-ISOLATE until symptoms have improved for 48 hours.
  • If your child is a close contact and cannot self-isolate alone, a parent or guardian should stay with them. The parent or guardian will not need to self-isolate. However, choose a consistent person and minimize unnecessary outings and interactions with others during the child's self-isolation period.

 


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