What do I need to know about COVID-19 self-isolation?

Directions for self-isolation may vary slightly for each person, based on their personal situation. Please find specific information for different situations below.

SELF-ISOLATION REQUIRED

I have COVID-19 symptoms

What do I do? Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to complete a COVID-19 Self-assessment. If your symptoms get worse, call 811 for health advice from a registered nurse or call 911 for for access to emergency care.

Do I need to self-isolate? Yes. You must self-isolate immediately and continue to self-isolate until you receive your results and directions for next steps. Learn more about how to self-isolate 

I am a Nova Scotia Health or IWK health care worker who was at one of the places listed in the potential exposure notifications on the Nova Scotia Health website, and the notice advised getting tested.

What do I do? Contact occupational health at Nova Scotia Health or IWK, or contact your employer  for instructions on impact to health care workers and direction about reporting to work. 

I was recently informed by Public Health that I am a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 and I need to get tested.

What do I do? 

  • Get tested for COVID-19 whether or not you have symptoms. Please book your test online at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en or by calling 811 and identify yourself as close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Book a second test 10 to 12 days after your last exposure date.

Do I need to self-isolate? Yes. You must self-isolate immediately and continue to self-isolate for 14 days after your last exposure to the known case. Learn more about how to self-isolate 

I have travelled outside of Nova Scotia in the last 14 days. 

What do I do? If at any time you develop COVID-19 symptoms, visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to complete a COVID-19 Self-assessment.

Do I need to self-isolate? Yes. You must self-isolate for 14-days and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Learn more about how to self-isolate 

If you have entered Nova Scotia from elsewhere in Canada, you should get tested twice while you’re self-isolating. Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to book your COVID-19 test on day 1 or 2 and day 12, 13 or 14 of your self-isolation. You can still end your self-isolation on day 14 even while awaiting your second test result.

If you have entered Nova Scotia from outside Canada, please follow federal guidelines.

I believe I am a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 that is currently under investigation by Public Health

What do I do? 

Get tested for COVID-19 whether or not you have symptoms. Please book your test online at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en or by calling 811.

Do I need to self-isolate? Self-isolate until you receive a negative test result. If you receive confirmation from Public Health that you are a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case, you must self-isolate for 14 days from your date of exposure.

I am a rotational worker with no symptoms coming home from my worksite outside of Nova Scotia.

What do I do? Two COVID-19 tests are mandatory for rotational workers. Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to book your COVID-19 test on day 1 or 2 and 6, 7 or 8 of your self-isolation.

Do I need to self-isolate? Yes. You must complete 14 days of modified self-isolation, even if you receive a negative test result. Learn more about the self-isolation requirements for rotational workers.

SELF-ISOLATION NOT REQUIRED

I have one mild symptom, other than fever or new or worsening cough.

What do I do? To book an appointment, visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca 

Do I need to self-isolate?  No. You do not need to self-isolate unless you receive a positive result and direction on next steps. Please monitor for symptoms and follow public health guidelines.

I do not have COVID-19 symptoms, am aged 16 or older and want to get tested at a rapid pop-up site.

What do I do? No appointment is required – first come first serve. Find out about upcoming rapid testing dates and locations.

Do I need to self-isolate? No. You do not need to self-isolate unless you receive a positive result and direction on next steps. Please monitor for symptoms and follow public health guidelines.

I do not have COVID-19 symptoms, do not fall into any other category listed above and want to get a standard COVID-19 test at a primary assessment centre.

What do I do? To book an appointment, visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca 

Do I need to self-isolate? No. You do not need to self-isolate unless you receive a positive result. Please monitor for symptoms and follow public health guidelines.

SPECIFIC DIRECTIONS PROVIDED

I was at one of the places listed in the potential exposure notifications on the Nova Scotia Health website, and the notice advised getting tested.

What do I do? Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to book your COVID-19 test immediately, even if you don’t have symptoms. 

Do I need to self-isolate? Carefully read the potential exposure notification to see the specific directions given about self-isolation. Learn more about how to self-isolate  Learn more about how to self-isolate