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Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

Local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long isolation and/or quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to isolate or quarantine.

Isolation

Isolation is for people who are already sick with COVID-19.

For most cases, isolation lasts 10 days from the beginning of symptoms OR 72 hours after fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medicine and other symptoms have significantly improved. WHICHEVER IS LONGER.

If you are in isolation:

Quarantine

Quarantine is for those who don’t currently have symptoms but were exposed to the disease through a close contact. Quarantining helps prevent the spread of the disease.

For vaccinated individuals:

People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms of COVID-19. However, it is recommended that fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

For unvaccinated individuals:

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If you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms, please call your provider or call the COVID-19 hotline to schedule a test.
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Close Contacts

You are a "close contact" if any of the following situations happened, even if COVID-19 positive person you had contact with didn't have symptoms (regardless of mask wearing):

Those who are considered a close contact is at the discretion of public health authorities.

In School Exposures:

In the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) were correctly and consistently wearing well-fitting masks the entire time. These students would not need to quarantine but should wear masks while in public indoor settings and monitor for symptoms for 14 days after exposure.

This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

Low Risk Close Contact

If a student is considered a low-risk close contact, they may participated in a modified "Test to Stay and Learn" quarantine. Students are considered low-risk close contacts if:

The final decision on what constitutes a low-risk close contact is mad at the discretion of public health.

Travel Related Quarantine

Those who have traveled to any of these locations need to quarantine upon arrival in Kansas.  This applies to both Kansas residents and those visiting Kansas.

Event related quarantine

Per KDHE, there is a mandatory home quarantine for people in Kansas who have attended at any out-of-state or in-state mass gatherings of 500 or more where individuals do not socially distance (6 feet) and wear a mask.

Mass gatherings are defined as any event or convening that brings together 500 or more persons in a single room or space at the same time such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater or any other confined indoor or outdoor space. This includes parades, fairs and festivals. Mass gatherings does not include normal operations of airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and centers, or other spaces where 500 or more persons may be in transit. It also does not include typical office environments, schools, restaurants, factories or retail/grocery stores where large numbers of people are present, but it is unusual for them to be within 6 feet of one another for more than 10 minutes.