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Northern Health makes changes to contact management of COVID-19 cases

With our region continuing to experience relatively high rates of COVID 19 activity, Northern Health contact tracing teams continue to modify their self-isolation requirements.

In December, changes to the process resulted in significant improvements to the timeline for follow up with newly lab-confirmed cases, and with people who tested positive in high-priority groups.

The shift in focus was directed towards high-priority settings and circumstances, such as known clusters and outbreaks, health care workers, school communities, industrial projects, and Indigenous communities.

In addition, residents who test positive will now receive a single call from Public Health, where they will be given instructions including the date their self-isolation will end.

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A second call, confirming the end of self-isolation, will no longer be made.

Residents who receive a call with a positive test result, should self-isolate immediately, along with those in their household, and advise close contacts they should self-monitor for symptoms.

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