Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre updates protocol for close contacts and confirmed cases

If you, or someone you know has tested positive for COVID-19 recently, you may be wondering what the latest isolation and quarantine procedures are that need to be followed. Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC) recently posted a step-by-step guide on its official social media channels on what a person should do if they test positive or were in close contact with someone who tested positive.

For the detailed proecedures to follow in Dubai, based on the advisory by Dubai Health Authority (DHA), click here.nullADVERTISINGnull

What do I do if my PCR test result is positive?

On January 14, 2022, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee and Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC) updated the protocol for those who test positive for COVID-19 as well as those who have been in close contact with them.

If your PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test result is positive, these are the steps to follow as per ADPHC:

1. High-risk categories

Those who are 50 years old and above, have symptoms, have a chornic disease or are women who are pregnant have been asked to follow these steps:null

1. Visit one of the designated COVID-19 Prime Assessment Centres for medical assessment and isolation measures.

To end isolation you must:

1. Get two negative results 24 hours apart

OR

2. Conduct a PCR test on Day 8 and Day 10 and complete 10 days in isolation with no symptoms in the last three days of isolation, after medical evaluation.

2. Other categories

Those with mild or medium symptoms and no chronic disease have been asked to follow these steps:

1. Retest in any health facility in the Emirate and continue to isolate.
2. If your PCR test result is negative, wait for 24 hours and do a retest. If your second PCR test result is negative, ADPHC advises people to resume normal activities and continue to follow precautionary measures.
3. If your PCR test result is positive, a specialist will contact you to complete the isolation procedures.

What do I do if I were in contact with a positive case?

As per the announcement made by ADPHC on January 14, close contacts receive an SMS to conduct a PCR test and self-register in home quarantine through the link provided in the SMS, with the necessity of adhering to the self-quarantine – 7 days for the vaccinated and 10 days for those who are not vaccinated.

1. Head to the nearest centre to conduct a PCR test as per instructions received in the SMS.
2. If your PCR test result is negative, and you are vaccinated, you have to quarantine for seven days and receive a negative result when retesting on Day 6. If you are not vaccinated, you have to quarantine for 10 days and receive a negative result when retesting on Day 9.
If this result is negative, ADPHC advises people to resume normal activities and continue to follow precautionary measures.
3. If your PCR test result is positive, you need to follow the protocol mentioned above for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.

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