The Simcoe Muskoka Safe Voluntary Isolation Site (SVIS) is a place for area residents who need to self-isolate due to COVID-19 but do not have access to an adequate shelter or cannot safely self-isolate in their own homes. The SVIS is designed to give people a secure, comfortable, and private space to rest and recover, without fear or anxiety of transmitting the virus to their family, roommates, or other people they live with.
Self-isolation is a proven way to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 among household members and the community at large. People in Simcoe Muskoka must self-isolate if they have any of the following:
- Symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status and/or if they get tested.
- A positive COVID-19 test result.
- Recent close contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test result.
- A household member who has had recent close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Do you need help to self-isolate?
Any Simcoe Muskoka resident that is unable to safely self-isolate is eligible to access this service. There are no costs associated with staying at the SVIS and transportation can be arranged for those who need it, free of charge. Through case and contact investigations, public health professionals at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit will assess individuals’ needs to help identify those who require safe accommodation for COVID-19 self-isolation. Please call our Health Connection line at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 ext. 5829 or send an email to Health Connection using our online form for more information and how to access this service. Please note that the health unit is required to provide your COVID-19 status, either positive or negative, to the SVIS so that they can take any necessary infection prevention and control measures. Your COVID-19 status will only be shared with the necessary staff.
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