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Information for Positive Cases and Close Contacts

BCHU is reviewing updated measures and guidelines from the Ontario government. Some information on this page may change accordingly, please check back for updates.

Due to more people testing positive for COVID-19 and the emergence of the Omicron variant, Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) is changing case and contact management practices. BCHU will not contact all positive cases who have received a PCR test as it has done in the past.

 In the event that you are unable or ineligible to access timely PCR testing and regardless of your vaccination status, you must self-isolate if:

  • You or anyone in your household have tested positive on a rapid antigen test 
  • You are a household member of someone who has tested positive on a PCR test 
  • You or anyone in your household are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19
Some of the requirements for high-risk contacts have changed and we ask that you review this webpage carefully and follow the instructions. Please be aware that high-risk contacts will not receive a call from BCHU at this time. 


I have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive.  Now what?

Click here to view the flowchart of what to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19 


People who are contacts of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 (high-risk/close contacts)

A high-risk contact is someone who was in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. Close contact is being within 2 meters (6 feet) of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time or having multiple close encounters, even when both people are wearing a mask.

Some examples of high-risk situations include: 

  • Physical contact such as shaking someone’s hand, hugging kissing, being sneezed or coughed on.
  • Living in the same household (this excludes individuals who live in a completely separate unit such as a self-contained basement apartment). 
  • Providing care to someone (e.g., taking care of an elderly parent).