Requirements for Isolation

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I Tested Positive, When Is My Isolation Over?

  • Isolation generally ends 10 days after your symptom onset IF you have not had a fever for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND your other symptoms have improved. If symptoms such as fever have continued, the isolation period should continue until 24 hours after fever has ended (without the use of fever-reducing medications). Some symptoms such as fatigue and cough may last longer than 10 days, but do not require a longer isolation.
  • If you never develop symptoms, your isolation period ends 10 days after the date when your first positive COVID-19 swab was taken.
  • If you’ve been told by a health care provider that you have a weak immune system or you are immunocompromised, or you have been hospitalized for severe COVID-19, your isolation period will usually end 14 days after your symptom onset IF you have not had a fever for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND your other symptoms have improved.
  • If your fever continues past 14 days or your COVID-19 symptoms are getting worse call your health care provider or 811
  • For a medical emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department and tell them that you tested positive for COVID-19


If I am a confirmed close contact but have tested negative and have no symptoms, do I need to isolate?

Yes, you must continue to isolate until 14 days after the last exposure to the case. The requirement for quarantine for close contacts or returned travellers supersedes any testing results (except if participating in the International Border Pilot Project where there is a specific regimen of testing and shortened quarantine).


If You Are Over the Age of 18 Years & Not in High School, You Are Legally Required To Self-Isolate If:

  • you test positive for COVID-19.
  • you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.
  • you have been in contact in the last 14 days with someone known to have COVID-19.
  • you have travelled outside Canada within the last 14 days.
  • see self-isolation guidelines.

Albertans who have symptoms of COVID-19 need to review isolation requirements and to complete a self-assessment and book an appointment for COVID-19 testing.

For Full Details on Isolation Requirements from the Alberta Government visit the link here