Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
HomeLOCAL NEWSMINISTRY OF HEALTH UPDATES ON TESTING, QUARANTINING AND ISOLATION GUIDELINES

MINISTRY OF HEALTH UPDATES ON TESTING, QUARANTINING AND ISOLATION GUIDELINES

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment (MOHWE) wishes to inform the public of the current testing, quarantining and isolation guidelines being implemented for vaccinated and unvaccinated persons are as follows:

Vaccinated Persons – Isolation Period:

1. Persons presenting with symptoms of COVID-19 may be diagnosed using a rapid antigen test or by clinical diagnosis without any test by a healthcare provider. Once a rapid antigen test is positive, no further testing such as a RT-PCR or a repeat rapid antigen test, be required.

2. A vaccinated person who is diagnosed with COVID-19 will isolate for 5 days in the first instance and can be cleared from isolation on day 6 without a test, once they have no existing symptoms. Once the home isolation period has ended the persons can return to work or school without a test. These persons must wear an N95 or KN95 mask for an additional following 5 days.

- Advertisement -

3. If the person has a fever, or any other known sign or symptom of COVID-19, their isolation will continue for a further 5 days or until they are confirmed to be symptom free by a healthcare provider. The isolation period can end without a test and the person will end isolation but continue to wear an N95 or KN95 mask.

Unvaccinated Isolation Period:

1. Persons presenting with symptoms of COVID-19 may be diagnosed using a rapid antigen test or by clinical diagnosis by a healthcare provider without any test. Once a rapid antigen test is positive, no further testing such as a RT-PCR or a repeat rapid antigen test would be required.

2. An unvaccinated person who is diagnosed with COVID-19 will isolate at home for 10 days in the first instance. The home isolation period can end without a test on day 11once the person has no symptoms. The person can then return to work or school wearing an N95 or KN95 mask for an additional following 5 days.

3. If the person has a fever, or any other known sign or symptom of COVID-19, their isolation will continue for an additional 4 days until they are confirmed as symptom free by a healthcare provider. The isolation period can end without a test and the person will continue to wear an N95 or KN95 mask.

Vaccinated Close Contacts of a Positive:

A close contact is defined to be a member of an immediate household, spouses or anyone a person interacted with for more than 15 minutes without a mask.

1. A vaccinated person who is a close contact of a known positive person will not undergo home quarantine but will continue normal activities (working quarantine) always wearing a N95 or KN95 mask, maintain physical distancing where possible and frequently sanitize. The person may, if not having symptoms, get a rapid antigen test on day five (5) after their last exposure to the known positive. If the test is positive vaccinated home isolation requirements beings, if the test is negative no further testing or quarantine is required.

2. If the vaccinated person develops symptoms during those 5 days of working quarantine, they will be clinically diagnosed with COVID-19 and go into home isolation for five (5) days. No test is needed.

Unvaccinated Close Contact of a Positive:

A close contact is defined to be a member of an immediate household, spouses or anyone a person interacted with for more than 15 minutes without a mask.

1. An unvaccinated person who is a close contact of a known positive will home quarantine for seven (7) days after the last exposure in the first instance. The person will, if not having symptoms at the end of the seven (7) days, be “cleared” from their home quarantine.

2. If the unvaccinated person develops symptoms during those seven (7) days of home quarantine, they will be clinically diagnosed with COVID-19 and continue at home in isolation for an additional five (5) symptom free. If symptoms continue additional days may apply as necessary by the health care provider.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment would like to appeal to all schools, work places (private and public) and households to consider the updated testing, quarantine and isolation guidelines. Those with protocols outside of the guidelines of the MOHWE are asked to implement those protocols utilizing the resources of the private sector.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Most Popular

- Advertisement -
Get new posts by email

- Advertisement -

Recent News

- Advertisement -Advertisement

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you