Durham Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Kyle, said there is no need to self-isolate for asymptomatic individuals who have had contact with Covid-19 infected individuals.
- If individuals are fully vaccinated and have symptoms, they should self-isolate and get tested for Covid-19;
- Fully vaccinated close contacts with no symptoms do not need to self-isolate, but it is recommended that they still get tested;
- If students are identified as close contacts at school, they will receive instructions from their school; and
- Fully vaccinated students with no symptoms can return to school and should follow instructions received from their school.
Please refer to the Covid-19 Close Contact Fact Sheet and the Covid-19 School/In-School Childcare Close Contacts Fact Sheet to learn what steps you should follow if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. In general, contacts are required to: stay home and self isolate for 10 days after their last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19; monitor themselves for symptoms; seek testing for Covid-19; and only leave the house to get tested or for medical attention, said Dr. Kyle.
He said now updated information is also available about Covid-19 Vaccines. “I encourage all unvaccinated residents born in 2009 or earlier to review the latest information and get vaccinated as soon as possible. It is important to continue to stay informed of the latest guidance and instructions so we can take actions to help prevent the spread of illness and keep our community safe,” he added.