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How to self-quarantine?

  • Stay in your home or accommodation. Do not go to work, school or other public areas
  • Separate yourself from others in your home or accommodation. If possible, find alternative accommodation and stay by yourself.
  • Do not allow visitors in your home or accommodation
  • If possible, use separate facilities (e.g. bathrooms). If sharing these should be cleaned/sanitized before use by others
  • Wear a mask when you are around others
  • Have food, medication and other supplies delivered to you
  • Wash your hands before and after contact with you pets

(see Self-quarantine Guidelines)

Who should self-quarantine?

  • Persons who have come into contact with someone who is suspected of having COVID-19 (as determined by a health care professional)
  • Persons who have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Persons with the signs and symptoms of COVID-19: Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath, Extreme tiredness.
  • Persons who have recently travelled to Trinidad and Tobago from another country may be required to self-quarantine in accordance with the Guidelines for Passengers Entering Trinidad and Tobago.

How long is the quarantine process?

Although a person may not show symptoms, it is still possible to spread the virus. Thus, an authorized, public medical officer will advise on the required quarantine timeframe.

Can someone be quarantined at home?

An authorized, public medical officer overseeing the quarantine process for the patient will make a decision on the type of quarantine required.

What happens after the required days of Self-Quarantine have passed?

If someone was officially placed in quarantine on the instruction of an authorized, public medical officer then that officer will advise when self-quarantine has ended.

Once a person has officially been cleared by an authorized, public medical officer they may come out of self-quarantine and follow the general public health guidelines.

If a person develops symptoms during or after self-quarantine, then they should inform the public health official during a routine check-in call or contact the hotline 877-WELL (9355) or 800 –WELL (9355) for further guidance. If severely ill they should call the 811 Emergency Hotline or call ahead to the nearest Accident and Emergency Department for help and go in immediately.

Source: Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) and World Health Organisation (www.who.int). 

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