Informatiebrief positief getest persoon - Engels

Information letter with illustrations to accompany the LCI COVID-19 guidelines | Version of 8 February 2021 (for version management see Overview of information letters

1. following positive test | 2. housemates | 3. close contacts | 4. other contacts

Letter to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus

Dear Sir/Madam,

You are receiving this letter because you have coronavirus.  

Please read this letter carefully. This letter details rules you have to keep to. 

You must stay at home because you may be infectious to others. All the people who live with you must also stay at home. You may have infected them with coronavirus. Staying at home will prevent the virus from spreading any further. 

When are you allowed to go outside and receive visitors again?

You are allowed to come out of isolation if you have no longer had any coronavirus symptoms for a period of 24 hours AND it has been at least 7 days since your symptoms started. Some people are only allowed to go outside and receive visitors 14 days after becoming ill. You should contact the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) to find out when you are allowed to go outside again. If you need help with having to quarantine at home due to coronavirus, please study the help and support when self-quarantining (staying at home) brochure at

If your coronavirus test was positive and you do not have any symptoms and do not develop any symptoms, you can come out of isolation 5 days after the test. You should always discuss this with the GGD

If you require medical assistance, do not go to your GP's surgery or to hospital, but telephone your GP first. Tell your doctor that you have coronavirus and are at home.

When you are allowed to leave your home again, you should observe the government's general coronavirus rules. For more information, please visit If you have any questions, please call your local GGD or study the information on coronavirus COVID-19 on

Rules you need to follow if you have coronavirus

Anyone who lives in the same house as you will be sent a separate letter detailing the rules. All the people who share your household (including children) must observe the rules. This will prevent the virus from spreading any further and infecting other people.

1. Stay at home and do not receive any visitors

  • You are not allowed to go outside, to school, the shops, or to work.
  • However, you are allowed to sit in your garden or on your balcony.
  • You are not allowed to receive visitors, except to receive medical care (for example a GP, or someone from the GGD). The people who live with you are not allowed to receive any visitors either. 
  • The only people who are allowed to be with you in your home are the people you live with.

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2. What should I do about the people who live with me?

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  • It is important that you observe the rules because then you will prevent your housemates from becoming infected with coronavirus.
  • Stay in your own room as much as possible. That is where you should sleep, and you should sleep alone.
  • The other people in your home should avoid coming into your room as much as possible.
  • Stay away from your other housemates as much as possible.
  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people in your home. So no hugging, kissing or having sex.
  • Use your own separate cutlery, plates, cups and glasses.
  • Use your own toothbrush.
  • Use your own separate towels.
  • If there are several bathrooms and lavatories in your home, use a different lavatory and bathroom to the one used by the people who live with you.
  • If your home only has 1 lavatory and 1 bathroom which you have to share with others, you should clean the lavatory and bathroom every day.
  • Open a window in the rooms you have been in for 30 minutes a couple of times a day. This will allow fresh air in.

3. Cough or sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands


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  • Regularly wash your hands with water and soap. You should always do so:
    • after coughing and sneezing;
    • after you have been to the lavatory;
    • after cleaning and clearing up;
    • before cooking and eating.
  • Please use a paper tissue if you have a cough.
  • If you do not have a paper tissue, please sneeze into your elbow.
  • Only use a tissue once and then dispose of it in a waste bin. Wash your hands afterwards.

4. Make sure your room is clean

3 afbeelingen: lichtknopje en deurklink, handen wassen, raam open frisse lucht

  • Stay in a separate room as much as possible.
  • Open a window in the rooms you have been in for 30 minutes a couple of times a day. This will allow fresh air in.
  • Clean the bathroom and lavatory every day. Also clean taps, light switches and doorknobs.
  • Then, wash your hands with water and soap.

5. Make sure your home is clean

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  • If possible, clean your own room and bathroom. Your housemates will then clean the other rooms in the house.
  • Every day you should clean items you use frequently, such as the flush, doorknobs and light switches.
  • Clean using ordinary cleaning agents. 
  • Afterwards, put the cleaning cloth in the wash straight away.
  • Then, wash your hands with water and soap.

6. Make sure things are clean

  • Make sure that other people do not come into contact with your faeces, spit, snot, sweat and urine.
  • Put your laundry into a separate laundry basket.
  • Do the washing at 40 degrees or more.
  • Use a full-length washing programme and normal detergent.
  • Do your washing up in a dishwasher using a full-length washing programme or do your washing-up separately from the other washing up, using washing-up liquid and hot water.
  • Dispose of your waste in a separate waste bag in your own room. This bag can be thrown away with normal waste in the (grey) bin.

7. Pets

If you have a pet dog or cat please read the recommendations on the RIVM Pets and Covid-19 web page.


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