CHANGES TO SELF-ISOLATION PROTOCOLS ANNOUNCED ON JANUARY 5/2022

As a reminder, there now different isolation timelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Full details can be found here https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html

  • People who are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms need to isolate for five days from the date of their positive test.
  • People who are fully vaccinated and have symptoms need to isolate for five days from the day their symptoms started or the date of the test, whichever is later. They must also continue to isolate until they no longer have a fever and their other symptoms have been improving over the past 24 hours.
  • People who are not fully vaccinated need to isolate for 10 days from the date of their positive test. They must also continue to isolate until they no longer have a fever and their other symptoms have been improving over the past 24 hours.

The Manitoba government has made changes to the self-isolation public health order to adapt to the prevalence of rapid antigen tests and to help address the surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant. The public health orders went in to effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.

The changes include:

  • requiring all people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to isolate including those who completed a rapid antigen test;
  • changing isolation requirements to five days from 10 days since the date of the test for fully-vaccinated people who are not showing symptoms;
  • changing isolation requirements to five days from 10 days since the date symptoms started appearing or the date of the test, whichever is later, for fully-vaccinated people as long as their symptoms are improving and they do not have a fever;
  • requiring individuals who have only isolated for five days due to the changes above to wear medical-grade mask while in a public setting for the five days immediately following their self-isolation; and
  • requiring isolation for people who have tested positive who are not fully vaccinated for 10 days after the date of their test as long as their symptoms are improving and they do not have a fever.

Public health documents and online guidance for stakeholders and the public is being updated and will be finalized in the days ahead.

Public health officials also advise that people leaving isolation must avoid any non-essential visits to high-risk settings or non-essential contact with individuals at high risk for severe disease for an additional five days.

Consistent with previous orders, the order continues to include:

  • requiring close contacts who are not exempt from self-isolation requirements to self-isolate for 10 days; and
  • requiring people to provide information about locations where people have been in the previous 10 days for contact tracing purposes as required.

Public health officials also ask all household close contacts who are exempt from self-isolation to be particularly cautious while the case is isolating and avoid any non-essential visits to high-risk settings or non-essential contact with individuals at high risk for severe disease.

“We have looked at data from Manitoba and other jurisdictions, and feel these changes will balance reducing the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring critical services can continue to operate,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer. “I ask all Manitobans to get immunized as soon as possible, including a third dose when eligible to reduce the number of close contacts they have, and to stay home as much as possible to reduce the risk of severe illness and reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Manitobans should continue to follow the fundamentals, including wearing a well-fitting mask, washing their hands frequently and covering their cough.

For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.