How to notify your close contacts if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19

Who are close contacts?

Close contacts are the people you were around 2 days before the start of your symptoms through to 7 or 10 days after your symptoms develop. Some people are infectious for longer than 10 days. This is your infectious period. It’s important to remember if you have not had your booster dose, you have not had a COVID vaccine in the last 6 months, you may not be up to date for your COVID vaccine, this means you are considered infectious for 10 days. See the information at What to do if you get a positive COVID-19 test result to understand what this time is for you.

Specifically, a close contact is anyone who you were within 6 feet (2 metres) of for a combined total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Some people are infectious for longer than 10 days.

If you’re asymptomatic when tested, which means you do not have symptoms, your infectious period is 2 days before the date you tested positive COVID-19 through to 7 or 10 days after your testing date. This is based on your immunizations as described above.

Where we do contract-tracing

We’ll do contact-tracing in certain locations. Some of these locations include:

  • health care facilities;
  • long-term care;
  • correctional facilities; and
  • shelters.

When you need to notify your close contacts

If you’ve been to any setting other than those listed above, you need to notify your close contacts.

Who do I need to notify?

Your close contacts are the people who you were within 2 metres (6 feet ) of for a combined total of 15 minutes or more over any 24-hour period during your infectious period. We’ll tell you what the length of your infectious period is.

Make a list

Think back over who your close contacts have been and make a list of who you need to notify. There are certain things to think about when you make this list.

Consider the following:

  • Who lives with you?
  • Have you gone to work?
  • Who did you have direct physical contact with, such as hugging or kissing?
  • Have you gotten together with others at a restaurant?
  • Have you gone out for drinks?
  • Did you exercise with others or go to a gym?
  • Did you have friends or family over to your house?
  • Did you volunteer somewhere?
  • Did you go to a party, pool or park?
  • Have you gone to in-person appointments (for example, the salon, barber, doctor’s or dentist’s office)?
  • Have you ridden in a car with others or taken public transportation?
  • Have you been inside a church, synagogue, mosque or other place of worship?

How to notify your close contacts

When you let your close contacts know they may have been exposed to COVID-19, you’re helping to protect them and others in your community.

What should I say to my close contacts?

You can call, text or email your contacts. You should let them know:

  • that you tested positive; and
  • when they might have been exposed to the virus.

An example of what to say might be as follows. Feel free to modify this to fit your own language and personality.

“Hi. I need to talk to you about something important. Do you have a few minutes to talk privately? I was diagnosed with COVID-19 (or tested positive) on [exact date]. We spent time together on [exact date] and I wanted to let you know so that you can follow the Yukon guidelines for contacts of someone with COVID-19.”

Get vaccinated

If you are not yet immunized, book an appointment after your isolation period has ended.