SASKATOON -- The province has reduced the isolation period for COVID-19 positive people to 10 days from 14 effective immediately.

Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said emerging evidence shows that most people are not infectious10 days after testing positive. Shahab said it is important for people to be able to get back to their life if they’re not infectious.

U.S. officials have also recommended a shortened 10-day quarantine period for people exposed to COVID-19 if they haven't taken a test and have not developed symptoms.

People who are already in self-isolation should still continue to wait for a call from public health to confirm they are recovered, the province said.

Those who are self-isolating as a result of being a close contact must continue to self-isolate for 14 days as it can take several days for symptoms to appear.

In addition, people must self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.

Immunocompromised people should follow the isolation period recommendations of public health and follow up with their physician or oncologist.