For what situations are there quarantine recommendations for exposure to a case?

If you have been told by a public health professional or other authority that you are a close contact of a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, you must quarantine yourself for 7, 10 or 14 days after your last contact with the case, depending on whether you have been tested for COVID-19 and the recommendations of your local health officer. KDHE recommends all exposed people should self-monitor for fourteen (14) days from exposure and contact their healthcare provider if symptoms develop. Learn more about the Updated Isolation and Quarantine guidance.

You are a "close contact" if any of the following situations happened while you spent time with a person with COVID-19, even if they didn't have symptoms:

  • Were within 6 feet of the person for 10 consecutive minutes or more 
  • Had contact with the person's respiratory secretions (for example, coughed or sneezed on; kissed; contact with a dirty tissue; shared a drinking glass, food, towels or other personal items).
  • Live with the person or stayed overnight for at least one night in a house with the person.

People who work in healthcare, public health, law enforcement and the meat packing industry may be allowed a modified quarantine, which allows them to continue working during their quarantine period while wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as long as they remain symptom free. The decision to allow a modified quarantine is made by the local health officer. 

Employees who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 due to exposure to a case should monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including checking for a fever of 100.4 (F) or higher at least twice per day and monitoring for lower respiratory symptoms including cough or shortness of breath. Use this symptoms log. If symptoms develop during the quarantine period, employees should stop work immediately and notify their employer and public health.