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Our Travel-Related Quarantine page provides details on when quarantine is required and how to do it. Quarantine applies to both Kansas residents and visitors, and it begins the day after you arrive in Kansas.
Those under 14-day home quarantine should not attend school, work or any setting where a 6-foot distance from other people can’t be maintained.
While at home:• Use a symptoms log to monitor your symptoms for fever, cough or trouble breathing. If symptoms develop, notify your local health department.• If you need to seek medical attention: Call ahead and tell your doctor about recent travel or if you have been otherwise exposed to COVID-19. Wear a facemask to prevent further spread.• Consider wearing a facemask while at home because both asymptomatic and symptomatic people can spread the virus and wearing a facemask may help protect the people you live with.• If possible, separate yourself from other people in your home. Stay in a different room and use a separate bathroom, if available.• Cough or sneeze into the fold of your elbow. Alternatively, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.• Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day, including counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions.
No. If your travel was only to the airport (for example, a layover), you do not need to follow the quarantine orders. If you left the airport for any period of time, you would be subject to the 14-day quarantine
Traveling increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) cannot tell you whether or not you should cancel your trip; however, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all people postpone or cancel non-essential travel and avoid prolonged exposure to large groups of people. Be aware that individuals who travel outside the United States or to certain states with the U.S., may be expected to quarantine for at least 14 days upon arrival in Kansas. Anyone who chooses to travel at this time may face travel delays or quarantines when trying to get back into the state and may not be able to return to their daily life immediately upon return.
If you simply drove through a state with minimal stops and no extended period of stay, you do not need to fulfill the quarantine period. It is always a good idea to monitor your symptoms for 14 days, just in case.
Only the individuals who have traveled are required to fulfill the quarantine period. Household members who live with them should practice social distancing from those quarantined individuals but are not quarantined themselves.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is constantly evaluating whether or not other locations need to be added to the list of travel-based quarantines. A variety of factors are used to determine this list, but is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance of community transmission. A formula is used to evaluate new cases over a two-week period, then it is adjusted for population size to provide a case rate per 100,000 population. This provides a number that can then be compared to the rate in Kansas. States with significantly higher rates -- approximately 3x higher -- are added to the list.
Yes. The strains are identified as Type L and Type S. Type L is a more aggressive strain of the virus and accounts for 70% of cases, and appears to be more prevalent in early outbreaks. Type S is older and less aggressive, accounting for 30% of cases and becomes more prevalent as an outbreak progresses. These strains are still being analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization and require further study.
You can use this chart (PDF) when people talk about their symptoms.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) website has a map that is regularly updated that gives a variety of data regarding COVID-19 in Kansas.
Do not use surgical masks or N95 masks. These masks are considered specialized personal protective equipment (PPE) and should be reserved for first responders and health care workers to protect from serious injuries or illnesses while doing their jobs. If you have supplies of PPE, consider donating them.
Homemade masks are NOT meant to replace proven public health strategies like staying home, social distancing and practicing good hygiene, which are all still the best ways to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. If used correctly, masks are simply another tool to help people who may have the virus -- but don’t know it -- from transmitting it to others.
To use a homemade mask safely and effectively, remember this helpful acronym: M.A.S.K.M = Multi-layered, tightly-woven 100% cotton --180+ thread count. Don’t buy surgical or N95 masks.A = Avoid your face. Never touch the front of the mask. Always remove it from behind your head.S = Scrap it if it’s damaged, soiled or doesn’t fit. Make sure it’s breathable and fits snug. Don’t use while it’s damp, wet or dirty.K = Keep the mask and your hands clean. Wash your hands before and after use. Wash or dispose the mask after every use.
Learn how to make a mask.
Learn about children and masks.