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Alberta Health Services (AHS) Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines
Latest updates on quarantine and isolation guidelines according to Alberta Health Services (AHS).
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Commonly Used Terms
A close contact is anyone who, during the infectious period of the case:
- lived with or was within two metres of a person who has COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more of cumulative contact over a 24 hour period, (multiple interactions for a total of 15 minutes or more), even if a mask was worn during that contact, or
- had direct contact with infectious bodily fluids of a person who has COVID-19 – for example shared items such as drinks, personal hygiene items, cigarettes, vapes, lipstick, eating utensils, or was coughed or sneezed on, or
- provided direct care for a person who has COVID-19, or
had physical contact with a person who has COVID-19, such as handshake, hugging, kissing, or sexual activity
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Household Close Contact
Who Is a Household Contact of a COVID-19 Case?
People are household contacts with the person who tested positive if they:
- live together
- are sexual partners
- received or provided care
- are physically close together, often and for a long time
Household contacts are at higher risk of getting sick with COVID-19 because of how much and what kind of contact they have with the person who has COVID-19. Their recommendations for household contacts are different than other close contacts.
Learn More About Household Contacts and what to do if you are one.
Quarantine limits potential spread from people who have been exposed to COVID-19 but have not yet developed symptoms or tested positive. Close contacts of positive cases are no longer required to quarantine for 14 days according to Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidelines.
Federal border measures still apply for all international travellers entering Canada.
Isolation helps prevent the spread of Covid-19 by reducing the number of people you could infect if you have symptoms or test positive by staying home and avoiding others.
Effective January 3, Albertans are legally required to isolate as outlined by Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidelines:
- Fully vaccinated: Isolate for 5 days from the start of symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer, if symptoms are not related to a pre-existing condition. For 5 days following isolation, wear a mask at all times.
- If you test negative and have symptoms, you should still stay home and away from others until symptoms resolve.
If you test positive for COVID-19 you should follow the isolation recommendations below:
- You should stay home and isolate for at least 5 days from when you first started having symptoms of COVID-19 or had your positive test (if you never had symptoms). You should keep isolating until your symptoms have improved and you have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- You are the best person to decide if your symptoms are improving. An improvement in symptoms means that you are feeling better than you did in the previous days and you have no new COVID-19 symptoms.
- Some symptoms may continue after you’re no longer able to spread the virus to others. If you still have a cough, loss of sense of taste or smell, or fatigue that is not getting worse after 5 days of isolation, you don not need to keep staying home.
- to further reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 to others, you are recommended to wear a mask while indoors and around other people. You should wear a mask for 10 days after your symptoms start.
If you test negative* on COVID-19 test and continue to have symptoms, you should stay home and away from others until your symptoms have improved, you feel well enough to resume normal activities, and have been free of fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.
It is highly recommended that anyone with COVID-19 isolate away from their household members when possible. This helps to prevent ongoing exposure to the virus. Most people recover from COVID-19 without special treatment and can manage mild symptoms at home. Go to COVID-19 Self-Care Guide for more information.
What you should do:
- Stay home.
- Wear a mask if you are indoors and around others.
- Limit contact with other people in your household as much as possible.
- Avoid contact with vulnerable people such as seniors, people with weak immune systems and those with chronic health conditions.
- Check with your employer about any workplace restrictions.
Tips to Isolate at home:
- Stay away from others, in a separate room with access to your own bathroom.
- If you can’t have your own bathroom, put the toilet lid down before flushing. Clean and disinfect bathroom (all surfaces, light switches, and taps).
- Do not share household items like dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, blankets, and pillows. After using these, wash them well with soap and water, place in the dishwasher for cleaning, or wash in the washing machine.
- Everyone in the house should wash hands often with soap and water thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty.
- Remind household members not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in the garbage and wash hands right away with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If a breastfeeding parent or their child has COVID-19, breastfeeding may continue. The breastfeeding parent should wear a mask when near the baby, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze, and clean your hands before and after close contact with the baby.
- Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs light switches, and counters.
- Maximize ventilation and airflow in the living spaces. Even opening a window for a few minutes every hour can help improve ventilation.
- Watch everyone for symptoms of COVID-19. Call Health Link at 811 if you have questions about your (or your family member’s) health.
- Caregivers should avoid contact with bodily fluids from the person who is sick:
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water. You can use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available and our hands aren’t visibly soiled. Wash your hands right after: giving care, before and after taking off your mask, after taking off your gloves, cleaning surfaces, handling oiled items, or touching or have contact with bodily fluids. Throw the mask and gloves out after 1 use in a lined garbage can. Wash your hands well after handling these items or putting them in the garbage.
- Wear disposable gloves when you handle soiled items such as clothes, bedding, used household items, and when cleaning surfaces that may be contaminated with bodily fluids
Find more information on How to Care for a COVID-19 Patient at Home
Last updated: August 10, 2022
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