Ontario isolation, school dismissal rules now depend on vaccination status

Fully vaccinated Ontarians, who are considered close contacts to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, do not need to isolate unless they develop symptoms or are directed to do so by public health.

Fully vaccinated Ontarians, who are considered close contacts to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, do not need to isolate unless they develop symptoms or are directed to do so by public health.

The new rule is part of an updated provincial guideline issued today on dealing with virus outbreaks, including in schools.

In its school-specific guidelines, the province says that high-risk, fully immunized contacts of positive or probable COVID-19 cases need not be isolated or dismissed from class unless they have symptoms.

Vaccinated individuals with symptoms who receive a negative COVID-19 test result can return to school if their symptoms improve within 24 hours, or 48 hours if they had gastrointestinal symptoms.

Unvaccinated, high-risk contacts from positive or probable cases must be isolated for 10 days, and it is recommended that a COVID-19 test be performed for seven days until isolated.

The province says household members of people who have close contacts on positive cases must follow similar rules.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 11, 2021.

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