Counseling patients to self-isolate at time of COVID-19 testing

Here’s some information as well as resource links that may help.


Counseling checklist

  • Discuss the need for immediate isolation, even before results of the test are available.
  • Advise patients to inform their immediate household/contacts that they may wish to be tested and quarantine as well.
  • Review locations and people they have been in contact with in the past two weeks. Review the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Inform patients that if positive, they will likely be contacted by a public health worker and asked to provide a list of the people they’ve been with for contact tracing, encourage them to “answer the call.”
  • Discuss services that might help the patient successfully isolate and quarantine at home.