Information for people who have tested positive for COVID-19

Please note: If you test positive using a rapid test OR,  when you ARRIVE IN PEI (on your regular arrival test), OR you are a truck driver or worker testing after hours at the Borden Testing Clinic - you must self-isolate, and go to a testing clinic to confirm your test result.

I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do next?

  • Self-isolate right away.
    • To prevent further spread of COVID-19, it’s important for you to self-isolate right away.
    • Information related to self-isolation can be found online.
  • Notify your close contacts and let them know they also need to self-isolate right away
    • Close contacts may include:
      • Members of your household,
      • Friends and family,
      • Anyone with whom you attended a social gathering, event, or extracurricular activities
      • Teammates on a sports team
      • Work colleagues and others at your workplace
      • Playdate friends
      • Guests at a personal or social gathering event
    • During your infectious period, a Close contact is someone:
      • you had face to face interaction with or were within 2 meters (6 feet) indoors for at least 10 minutes, including 10 minutes in total over a 24 hour period
      • you were hugging, touching, kissing, coughing or sneezing near
      • who provided care to you at home (If both individuals wore a medical mask for the duration of the interaction, this wouldn’t be considered a close contact situation)
    • If both individuals wore a well-fitting mask properly for the duration of the interaction, this wouldn’t be considered a close contact situation.
    • Please advise your close contacts to visit COVID-19 Close Contact for detailed directions on self-isolation and testing based on vaccination status.
  • If you were at work during your infectious period, notify your manager.
  • If you visited any of the following locations during your infectious period, advise the management:
    • Long-term care facilities
    • Hospitals
    • Corrections facilities
    • Shelters
    • First Nations communities
    • Other congregate (group living) settings
    • Public schools and early learning childcare centres
  • Seek medical help if your symptoms get worse by calling 811 or 911.
  • If you need support during isolation, please call 211
  • If you have further questions, including on isolation, please call 1-800-958-6400.
  • Public Health will be prioritizing who receives phone calls after a positive COVID-19 test. Not everyone will receive a call from Public Health Nursing. If you are over age 50 or under age 5, you will be contacted; due to high case volumes, it may take 24 to 48 hours before you receive a call.
Visit Caring for yourself or others with COVID-19 for information that may be useful for someone who is recovering at home or caring for someone with COVID-19.

How long do I need to isolate?

If you are fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 7 days from the time you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or from the date you tested positive, whichever is shorter. You can exit self-isolation after 7 days if you are not experiencing any symptoms or if symptoms are improving and you have not had a fever in the last 24 hours. Do not visit high-risk settings or individuals for 10 days from the start of self-isolation. If your symptoms are not improving, you need to extend your self-isolation period to 10 days total.

  • After completing the 7 day isolation, the restriction on not visiting high risk settings or individuals does NOT apply to staff who are wearing well-fitting masks and following appropriate COVID-19 protocols, provided they are not experiencing any symptoms.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the time you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or from the date you tested positive, whichever is shorter. You can exit self-isolation after 10 days if you are not experiencing any symptoms or if symptoms are improving and you have not had a fever in the last 24 hours.

PLEASE NOTE: You do not require testing to exit isolation as a positive case of COVID-19. Do not get tested with antigen tests for 14 days from your COVID-19 diagnosis/symptom onset as you may continue to test positive during that time.

If you have arrived from international travel in the previous 14 days, you are also subject to applicable federal measures.

How long am I infectious or able to spread COVID-19 to others?

  • Beginning 48 hours (two days) before symptoms started, or, if no symptoms, 48 hours before the positive test was taken
  • If you are fully vaccinated, ending 7 days from the time you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (or from the date you tested positive, whichever is shorter) provided no symptoms or if symptoms are improving and you have not had a fever in the last 24 hours. If your symptoms are not improving your infectious period extends to day 10

  • If you are not fully vaccinated, ending 10 days from the time you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (or  from the date you tested positive, whichever is shorter) AND provided no symptoms or you are feeling better (no fever and improving).

You need to self-isolate while you are considered infectious to limit further spread.

When am I considered recovered?

You are considered recovered when you are no longer infectious or able to spread COVID-19 (see previous question). For those who are immunocompromised or have severe disease (i.e., need to be hospitalized), this period can be longer.

For the immediate three months (90 days) after you are considered recovered, COVID-19 testing is typically not recommended. If you develop symptoms in these 3 months, you must self-isolate until symptoms resolve.

If I interacted with some individuals during my infectious period before I found out I have COVID-19, but I wore a properly fitting medical mask or three layer mask with a filter, are they still considered close contacts?

If you were wearing a properly fitting medical mask or three layer mask with a filter throughout the interaction, the other individuals would not be considered close contacts.

What if I am pregnant and have been diagnosed with COVID-19?

Please call QEH Labour and Delivery at 902-894-2243 to connect with a health care provider who will give you direction regarding your prenatal care during your isolation period and for the duration of your pregnancy.

Are there supports available during my isolation?

Any Islander who is currently impacted by COVID 19 should visit Covid-19 Supports and Services to access available funding programs, emergency isolation support, and mental health support services.

If I am diagnosed with COVID-19 and a few days later another member of my household is diagnosed with COVID-19, when does my isolation end?

Your isolation as a positive COVID-19 case ends when you have completed 7 days (if fully vaccinated) or 10 days (not fully vaccinated), so you can then return to work, school etc. After your isolation is complete, you should remain separate from anyone in your household still isolating as a positive case.

What if I require an official record of my COVID-19 test result?

If you require an official record of your COVID-19 test result, such as for the purpose of employment, visit Request your COVID-19 Test Result Report.

What do I do if I think I have been exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace?

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and think that you may have been exposed in the workplace, you may be entitled to benefits if it is determined that COVID-19 is related to your work. More information is available through the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) here.

If I’m an employer whose employee has tested positive, what should I consider?

Visit the Business Guidance for employee diagnosed with COVID-19 webpage.

Published date: 
January 21, 2022
Health and Wellness

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca