Directives for persons in self-quarantine

Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera has issued directives for persons directed to home quarantine.

Dr. Samaraweera said if an individual is identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 patient and is directed to self quarantine, other members of the household must also quarantine.

He noted a PCR test will be conducted on the close contact after 14 days, and if it returns negative, the quarantine period ends for all members of the relevant household.

Dr. Samaraweera however said if the result is positive the relevant individual will be admitted to hospital or a treatment centre while other members of the household must remain in quarantine for a further 14 days.

He further said if an individual who contracted COVID-19 returns home from hospital following recovery, only the relevant individual must undergo quarantine measures.

The Chief Epidemiologist added if an individual returns from overseas or underwent quarantine measures for 14-days at a dedicated facility, it is sufficient for only the relevant individual to self quarantine.

Meanwhile the Chief Epidemiologist also explained safety measures that need to be adhered to by a family directed to self-quarantine.

He noted the individual directed to self quarantine must maintain a distance of 1m from other household members and use a separate toilet when possible.

Dr. Samaraweera said if a common toilet is being used, the relevant individual must use the toilet after other household members and wash taps and door handles with soap after use.

He added other household members must also sanitize such places before use.

Dr. Samaraweera further said if the relevant individual must meet other household members, proper safety measures must be followed, including wearing a face mask.

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