KDHE updates isolation, quarantine guidance

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has updated the isolation and quarantine guidance following the recent changes by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for health care workers in a hospital setting and the general population. CDC is in the process of updating guidance for other settings such as correctional facilities, long-term care facilities, preschool, K-12 schools and institutions of higher education.

Health Care Workers in a Hospital Setting

Health care workers with lab confirmed COVID-19 infections should isolate for 10 days or seven days with negative test, if asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic (with improving symptoms).

Health care workers with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic can return to work only with COVID-19 positive patients during the remainder of the 10-day infectious period.

Boosted and asymptomatic health care workers who are close contacts of a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection have no work restrictions with negative test on days two and five through seven.

Not boosted and unvaccinated asymptomatic health care workers who are close contacts of a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection must quarantine for 10 days or seven days with a negative test.

General Population

The general population does not include people who work in a health care setting or other congregate setting. If individuals develop symptoms, they should get a test and stay home.

People with lab confirmed COVID-19 infections, regardless of vaccination status should stay home for five days. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after five days, and you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications, you can leave your house. Individuals should continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.

Boosted or fully vaccinated individuals with Pfizer/Moderna within last six months or Johnson & Johnson within last two months, who are close contacts of a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection, do not have to stay home and should wear a mask around others for 10 days. If possible, individuals should get tested on day five.

People who are unvaccinated or have completed the primary series of Pfizer/Moderna vaccine over six months ago and are not boosted, or completed the primary series of Johnson & Johnson over two months ago and are not boosted, who are close contacts of a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection, should stay home for five days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days. If unable to quarantine, individuals must wear a mask for 10 days. If possible, individuals should get tested on day five.

 

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