You are a close contact if you live with someone with COVID-19 and/or have been at a location of interest at the same time as a confirmed COVID-19 case.
If you are a close contact you will need to get tested, isolate away from others immediately, and stay in self-isolation for a minimum of 14 days. This means you must not leave your house for any reason, except for getting a test. You should not go to the pharmacy, supermarket or make any other stops. If you need to access food or other essential items, advice can be found here: Access to food or essential items.
ADVICE for Close Contacts
All close contacts are required to self-isolate at home for the full 14 day self-isolation period AND until Public Health clears you to leave.
You must get tested.
What it means to self-isolate at home:
If you are a Close Contact and have, or later develop, any COVID-19 symptoms the people in your immediate household should stay at home until you receive a negative test result; public health officials will provide you with further advice.
If your test shows that you have COVID-19, or you get sick, we ask you to move to a managed isolation facility (MIFQ).
Even if you are not sick, it may be better for you to go into a managed isolation facility.
We may suggest you and your family stay in this facility as -
Please discuss with the public health team whether you should bring immediate family members, e.g. children with you.
The managed isolation facility will tell you when you should arrive, please do not arrive unexpectedly. You will receive a pick up time, if transport is arranged for you and your family. This gives you time to make arrangements for others staying at home or for pets to be cared for.
When on site, please follow the instructions of the staff.
If you or your family become unwell, call your local doctor or free phone Healthline: 0800 358 5453, available 24 hours, 7 days a week, and interpreters are available.
Tell them you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to common illnesses such as a cold or influenza. You may have one or more of the following:
Some people may have less typical symptoms such as only: fever, diarrhoea, headache, muscle pain, nausea/vomiting, or confusion/irritability.
Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.
If you become severely unwell or have difficulty breathing, immediately call an ambulance on 111 and tell them you are a close contact of someone confirmed as having COVID-19.
Last updated 3.9.2021