Information for Manitobans


Showing symptoms or waiting for COVID-19 test Results?

It's CRITICAL to SELF-ISOLATE when showing symptoms or when waiting for test results to keep COVID-19 from spreading.

On this page:

  • Why 14 Days of Self-Isolation (quarantine) is important
  • How-to Self-Isolate


Self-Isolation Requirement for regions that are in Red/Critical in the Pandemic Response System

It's CRITICAL to SELF-ISOLATE when showing symptoms or when waiting for test results to keep COVID-19 from spreading.

Once someone has been tested, public health officials are advising that the entire household needs to self-isolate while waiting for COVID-19 test results.

Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear PPE while at work such as health-care workers or first responders.

Why 14 Days of Self-Isolation (quarantine) is important

It can take up to 14 days to develop symptoms after being exposed to COVID-19.

Going for testing before symptoms develops is not recommended by public health, as it may not guarantee the exposed individual does not have COVID-19.

How-to Self-Isolate

Stay away from others if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, even if you have not been exposed to COVID-19.

Follow these important steps to properly self-isolate and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others in your home and your community:

  • Avoid contact with other people.
  • Stay at home.
    • In a room or on a separate floor away from household members.
    • Stay away from common areas in the home.
    • Use a separate bathroom, if possible. If it is not possible, clean the shared bathroom frequently.
    • Wear a medical mask and stay two metres (six feet) away from others if you must leave your room or floor for necessary reasons, including using the bathroom.
    • Avoid contact with pets in your home.
  • Clean your hands regularly.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
      • Before and after preparing food (avoid preparing food for others)
      • Before and after eating
      • After using the toilet
      • After touching shared household items (e.g., dishes, towels, etc.)
      • Before and after touching/using a face mask
    • After disposing of waste (e.g. a tissue) or handling contaminated laundry
    • Whenever hands look dirty.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze.
    • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue.
    • Throw used tissues in the garbage and immediately wash your hands, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid sharing household and personal items.
    • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, serving/eating utensils, towels, bedding or other items.
    • Do not share cigarettes or other items that are put in the mouth.
  • Keep your environment clean.
    • Clean and disinfect high touch areas (toilets, taps, light switches, doorknobs, TVs, phones, electronics and TV remotes) at least twice daily, or as needed.
    • Use store bought disinfectant. If disinfectant is not available, use a diluted bleach solution (20 ml [four teaspoons] bleach for every litre of water) and allow the surface to remain wet for one minute before scrubbing.
    • Clean and disinfect shared bathrooms or common areas frequently.
    • Use hot water when operating the dishwasher or washing machine.
  • Make sure your home has good airflow.
    • Open the window, as weather allows.
  • Confine activities to your home and outdoor property.
  • Do not leave home to go to work, school or other public places.
  • Do not attend faith-based services.
  • Arrange to have groceries and supplies dropped off at your door. Do not go to curbside pickup from stores and restaurants.
  • Do not have any visitors to your home. 
  • Cancel or notify service providers who regularly come into your home that a household member is sick.
  • Consult with home care workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, and other service providers that come to your home about the best action for care.

Leave your home if you need emergency or urgent medical care.

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