What happens if I develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while I am in quarantine?

Symptoms of COVID-19 include a measured fever of 100.4 (F) or higher and lower respiratory symptoms like coughing or shortness of breath.

If the symptoms you develop during your 14-day quarantine are mild and you normally would not seek healthcare, stay home for:

  • 10 days from the onset of symptoms OR
  • 72 hours after fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medication AND there has been a significant improvement in symptoms
  • WHICHEVER IS LONGER.

If you have shortness of breath and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 while traveling. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

If you have questions, contact your local county health department, or KDHE at 877-427-7317.

If I develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while I am in quarantine, and my test comes back negative, do I still need to finish out my 14-day quarantine?

A negative test result does not allow a patient to end quarantine early. You would still need to complete the remaining days of your quarantine.