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:

  • 7 days from the onset of symptoms
  • 72 hours after fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medication AND there has been a significant improvement in symptoms

Please also notify your local health department. Due to national shortages in sampling supplies and testing reagents, we will be prioritizing testing to:

  • Healthcare workers and first responders who had contact with a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 patient or have COVID-19 symptoms with no known exposure
  • Potential clusters of unknown respiratory illness, with priority given to long-term care facilities and healthcare facilities
  • Hospitalized patients with no alternative diagnosis, Older Americans over the age of 60 who have symptoms of COVID-19 with priority given to people who reside in a nursing home, long-term care facility, or other congregate setting
  • Individuals with other illnesses that would be treated differently if they were infected with COVID-19 and therefore a physician’s judgement is especially important for this population.

If you have shortness of breath and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you may have been exposed to COVID-19. If

possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

If you have questions, contact your local county health department, or the Kansas Department of Environmental Health (KDHE) at 877-427-7317.