What’s the difference between self-isolation and physical (or social) distancing?

Self-isolation assumes you may be infected and includes measures to prevent the possible spread of infection: it means staying home and following strict cleaning procedures.

Physical distancing assumes you may spread the virus or it may spread to you. It includes measures to protect yourself and others in public places by keeping a physical space of two metres or six feet between you and others, following specific instructions for washing your hands, covering your coughs and sneezes, not sharing utensils, and cleaning common objects and surfaces often.

In Cochrane, we’re calling it “physical distancing” so we remember to find ways to still connect socially, even from a distance.

Depending on your circumstances, you may self-isolate for up to 14 days, whether or not you have symptoms.

Everyone else should follow current physical distancing guidelines for as long as the COVID-19 response is underway.

Alberta Health says you should self-isolate for 14 days if:

  • recently returned from travel outside of Canada
  • have a cough, fever, fatigue and/or difficulty breathing
  • are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • have been asked to by a health care professional for another reason

Self-monitor for 14 days. If symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing develop, stay home, do not go to an ER or clinic — self-isolate for 10 days from the beginning of your symptoms or until you feel better, whichever is longer. Take the COVID-19 online self-assessment tool and call Health Link 811 if directed by the self-assessment tool.

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1. YOUR HEALTH
2. How can I protect myself?
3. If I have flu-like symptoms, should I self-isolate?
4. SELF-ISOLATION
5. What is self-isolation?
6. How to self-isolate
7. What’s the difference between self-isolation and physical (or social) distancing?
8. I know of someone in Cochrane who just returned from a trip a few days ago and has decided not to self-isolate. What do I do? Can they be fined?
9. What should snowbirds coming home do?
10. Is there a limit to gatherings in Town?
11. GENERAL
12. How many cases of COVID-19 are there in Cochrane? Can you tell me where these individuals are located?
13. Is there somewhere in Cochrane get tested if I am showing symptoms?
14. Are we getting a COVID-19 testing site?
15. What are the travel restrictions and recommendations?
16. Should separated families continue to swap their children between parents?
17. Can I still meet friends, gather and socialize at this time?
18. Can I take my kids out to play? What Town parks are open?
19. Do I need to be worried about my pets getting sick?
20. COMMUNITY RESOURCES
21. What should I do if I feel anxious or stressed?
22. What is being done to support residents financially?
23. What should I do if I think a facility or business is not following provincial guidelines?
24. I need volunteers/I want to volunteer.
25. Our local Society has an AGM and tax reporting coming up - what do we do?
26. TOWN BUSINESS
27. What is the Town doing in response?
28. Is the RCMP building open to the public?
29. Are permitted outdoor community events booked through the Town being cancelled?
30. Will my garbage/recycling/organics still be picked up?
31. Where do I put soiled paper products (when using something other than toilet paper)?
32. Can I have a garage sale?
33. How are Town emergency services being supported at this time?
34. Are there relief measures available to help with property taxes, mortgage, lease or rent payments?
35. Will there be a break on taxes and utility bills?
36. I recently applied for employment with the Town. What’s the status of hiring for new positions?
37. Is COLT still running?
38. Can we still spend time in our local parks?
39. Are Cochrane’s off-leash parks still open?
40. What should I do if I meet someone on a pathway?
41. What role, or extended services, is our Urgent Care offering?
42. How will information be distributed to those not on social media?
43. Where do I find more information?
44. Has Cochrane’s assessment complaint deadline been extended?
45. How is the Town implementing the provincial relaunch strategy?
46. Are playgrounds/sports parks open?
47. LOCAL BUSINESSES
48. Should I support local businesses, or stay home?
49. When families require groceries or prescriptions, is it okay if all family members go to the grocery store?
50. Are there measures being taken to control the flow of public into businesses?
51. Are personal service providers (massage, nail techs, hair stylists, etc) working now?
52. Will our local stores continue to receive shipments?
53. Are businesses allowed to open again? If so, which ones?
54. What if I see a business open that’s supposed to be closed?
55. FACE COVERING BYLAW
56. Are masks mandatory in Cochrane?
57. Who would be exempted from wearing a mask?
58. How will the Town advise residents if the mandatory mask bylaw comes into effect?
59. How can I see if Cochrane has reached 10 active cases?
60. What is considered indoor public premises?
61. What is considered a public vehicle?
62. Are businesses required to enforce the bylaw?
63. Can businesses require patrons to wear a mask if the bylaw has not been enacted?
64. Do face coverings need to be worn in places of worship?
65. Do face coverings need to be worn in private meetings?
66. Does this bylaw apply to gyms, sports and fitness centres?
67. Does this bylaw apply to restaurants, cafés or cafeterias?
68. Will children and staff in daycares have to wear face coverings?
69. Does the bylaw apply to schools?
70. Why was this bylaw put in place?
71. Where can I dispose of used masks in Town?