Health Advice

Niagara Region Public Health

Niagara Region Public Health is leading the community response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Public Health updates their website on a regular basis and should be used as the source of credible information for:

  • Current activity of COVID-19 in Niagara
  • Risks & symptoms
  • Prevention
  • Cleaning
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Niagara Region Public Health - Instructions for Positive COVID-19 Cases and High-Risk Close Contacts 

Niagara Region Public Health - Screening for Symptoms of Novel Coronavirus

Close Contacts

COVID-19 is spread through close contact with an infected person. A close contact is typically someone who had a prolonged exposure in close proximity to a person diagnosed with COVID-19. Niagara Public Health Services identifies close contacts through a detailed review of factors such as the individual’s symptoms, where they have been, and who they have interacted with. There are a variety of situations in which you may be exposed to someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Niagara Public Health also provides instructions for Positive COVID-19 Cases and High-Risk Close Contacts on their website. 

How do you know if you’ve been in close contact?

Close Contact

  • You were within 6 feet/2 metres of an infected individual. There are different activities that increase risk in this case.  For example, face to face conversations increase the risk and the longer you spend with an infected person, the greater the risk.
  • You had multiple close encounters with someone over a 24-hour period.
  • You had close, physical contact with the person, such as a hug.
  • You live or provide care in the same home.

Not a Close Contact

  • You had brief, close contact while wearing a mask and/or with a barrier in place.
  • You passed someone quickly.
  • You greeted someone and kept your distance.
  • You made a delivery to someone who was self-isolating but had no contact with them. 

If you have been identified as a close contact by public health or someone in your life who has tested positive, it is very important that you take the following steps to stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home and self-isolate for 14 days after your last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Only leave the house to get tested. Find a testing centre in Niagara.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, go get tested, even if you have been tested previously.
  • If you get tested, you must still self-isolate while you wait for your results. Even if your test result is negative you must continue to self-isolate for the full 14 days.

Who is a Close Contact


Recommendations from Niagara Public Health:

Self Assessment Tool  (Ontario Government)

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, use this self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care.

Start Self Assessment

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Mental Health & Addictions Services

  • COVID-19 has impacted people in varying ways and it is understandable that during times like this, people may be feeling worried, anxious and overwhelmed
  • While you are staying at home practicing social distancing and self-isolation, stay in touch with each other, and reach out if you need support

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