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This page includes the latest information and guidance from Halton Region Public Health, the province and federal governments on how to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Have you tested positive for COVID-19?

You will receive a phone call from Halton Region Public Health with instructions. While you are waiting for your phone call, follow these steps:

  1. Self-isolate (external PDF)
  2. If you require medical attention, call your health care provider or telehealth, 1-866-797-0000.
  3. If you require immediate medical attention, call 911.
  4. Review this Instruction Letter for Cases (PDF file) on what to do when you have tested positive for COVID-19.
  5. If you receive a COVID-19 text notification, click on the secure link and complete the form
  6. Tell people who had a high risk exposure to you that you have tested positive and share this Instruction Letter for Individuals who have had a High Risk Exposure to COVID-19 (PDF file).
  7. If you attended work while you were infectious, Halton Region Public Health may direct you to provide your workplace with an instruction letter.

To download and view this information in another language, select one of the links below:

Need a COVID-19 test?

COVID-19 testing locations in Halton include:

Find additional locations in Ontario (external link).

If you, or someone you know were near someone who tested positive for COVID-19:

If you have had a high-risk exposure (“close contact”) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, follow the testing and isolation directions for vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals in the High-risk Exposure flowchart (external PDF). For further instructions, review this Instruction Letter for Individuals who have had a High Risk Exposure to COVID-19 (PDF file).

COVID-19 Core Information

Please read important information below on how you can protect yourself, protect others and stop the spread of COVID-19. Visit Public Health Ontario for translated resources available in multiple languages (external link).

Symptoms range from mild (like the flu and other common respiratory infections) to severe. Common symptoms of COVID-19 are listed below. These symptoms are subject to change. Please visit the Ontario Ministry of Health website for latest information(external PDF).

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 that require immediate self-isolation and COVID-19 testing include:

  • Fever and/or chills (temperature of 37.8°C/100°F or higher)
  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
  • Shortness of breath (out of breath, unable to breathe deeply)
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell

In addition to the following:

For adults (18 years of age and older)

  • Muscle aches/joint pain - not related to getting a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 48 hours. 
  • Extreme tiredness/no energy/general feeling of being unwell - not related to getting a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 48 hours.

For children  (less than 18 years of age)

  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea


If you are experiencing severe symptoms (trouble breathing or chest pain), please go to your nearest Emergency Department or call 911.

Individuals must follow the appropriate screening tool or self-assessment tool to determine if they can enter a setting and/or get tested for COVID-19:

Anyone who is sick or has any symptoms of illness, including those not listed in the screening tool (for example, runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion, abdominal pain, headache, pink eye, decreased/lack of appetite, etc.), should stay home until symptoms are resolved for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours for adults with nausea, vomiting or diarrhea symptoms). It is recommended to consult with a health care provider as needed.

If an individual is symptomatic (with any symptom) and gets tested for COVID-19, they (and their unvaccinated household members) should self-isolate pending test results.

Individuals with symptoms must self-isolate even if they have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Individuals with symptoms (even if mild) associated with COVID-19 are required to self-isolate(external PDF) under the class order (PDF file) issued by the Medical Officer of Health under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.  Individuals with symptoms must self-isolate even if they have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Provincial Roadmap to Reopen

Halton Region and all of Ontario moved to Step 3 of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen (external link) on Friday, July 16, 2021. This is a three-step plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures based on ongoing progress of province-wide vaccination rates and improvements of key public health and health system indicators.

Proof of Vaccination

Proof of vaccination is required for some public settings. For Halton Region’s FAQs related to the Province’s proof of vaccination, visit the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Enhanced vaccine certificates with unique QR codes are available from the provincial portal (external link). The Verify Ontario app for businesses is now available for download in app stores. For more information read the Province’s October 15 media release (external link).

Roadmap to reopen - Key highlights:


Roadmap to reopen Step 3 (external link)

70-80% adults with one dose
25% fully vaccinated

Permit with restrictions

Additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues

For questions related to the Province-Wide Roadmap to Reopening, please visit the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions webpage. Businesses can call the Stop the Spread Information Line at 1-888-444-3659 with any questions about impacts to operations or employment.

Visit COVID-19 Resources for Businesses for more information on public health guidance for businesses and sector specific information.

Quick Links

  • Visit Halton Region’s COVID-19 School and Child Care Information for up-to-date information and guidance.
  • Halton Region continues to offer prenatal and breastfeeding education programs for expecting parents and families with newborns. For more information, visit Halton Region’s webpages on Prenatal classes and supports and Breastfeeding.
  • Child care operators can find information on the Sector-Specific Information section of the COVID-19 Resources for Businesses page.