Self-isolation: New instructions given by Ministry of Health & Wellness

Written on 09/01/2021


Following the latest report (August 2021) issued by Ministry of Health & Wellness, the Covid-19 self-isolation guidelines are now as followed:

Who can self-isolate at home?

  • People under 65 years and who have been tested positive

  • Fully vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 14 days prior to case detection, or vaccinated with one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 28 days prior to case detection.

  • People who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, as determined by a health assessment conducted by a physician of the Ministry of Health & Wellness



How long shall self-isolation last?

  • The self-isolation period shall last at least 10 days, from the date the person was tested positive.

  • For asymptomatic patients who begin to develop symptoms during their self- isolation, the isolation period will be extended for a period determined by a physician of the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

  • At the end of the home isolation period, social and professional activities can be resumed the following day.

 

How is the medical follow-up conducted during self-isolation?

  • Individuals tested Covid-19 positive, in home isolation will be under the care of the DOMICILIARY MONITORING UNIT (DMU) of the Ministry of Health & Wellness. The person shall receive a first medical visit to allow the DMU to assess their health status.

  • A HOTLINE for emergencies will be provided to individuals tested positive in home isolation.

  • Another visit from the DMU shall be done once the period of isolation is over. The person will be able to resume normal activities the day after the end of self-isolation.

It is important to note that every individual who was in self-isolation will receive a medical certificate that will also serve as a certificate attesting the period of home isolation.



How is self-isolation done?

The self-isolation of at least 10 days must be scrupulously respected. Positive people should not go out under any circumstances. Failure to comply with the obligations attached to home isolation constitutes a breach of the law, punishable by penalties.

- Persons in self-isolation must remain in a separate room so as to isolate themselves from other persons residing in the same household.

- If the layout of the house does not allow for isolation in a separate room, a person who tests positive will be required to wear a mask at all times when in the same room with other people. This precautionary measure also applies to other people in the room.

- A distance of at least two meters must be maintained between each family member.

- Surgical masks are for single use and strictly personal. The mask must be correctly placed on the face, so as to cover the nose and mouth. It is imperative to disinfect hands before and after placing or removing the mask.

- A person who tests positive should dispose of used masks in their own trash bag and place it in a garbage can with a lid. If the person tested positive uses a washable mask, he should wash the mask with warm water and conventional laundry products.

- No visitor will be allowed in a house where a self-isolated person resides, with the exception of the DMU from the Ministry of Health & Wellness.

- Rooms in the home should be ventilated, as much as possible, in a natural way by opening the windows.

- Meals should be eaten separately from others living in the same household.

- During this period of self-isolation, those living under the same roof should ensure that they do not mix plates, cutlery, glasses, cups and other utensils used for meals.

- A positive patient should, whenever possible, not share a bed with another person living in the same household.

- Regularly disinfect surfaces such as tables, chairs, telephones, door handles, remote controls and bathroom fixtures.

Another important point to bear in mind is that people with comorbidities will not be eligible for home isolation.