SCHD Adopts KDHE Changes to COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Sedgwick County has adopted the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) changes to COVID-19 contact tracing.  Consistent with the KDHE changes, Sedgwick County’s guidelines for schools include a temporary suspension of the recommendation that K-12 schools conduct contact tracing. The Sedgwick County Health Department will wind down contract tracing on January 24, 2022.

Per KDHE, individuals who are positive for COVID-19 will now be responsible for letting their close contacts know about their potential exposure. If the person with COVID-19 exposed others at high-risk settings such as schools, correctional facilities, long-term care facilities, homeless shelters, daycares and churches, KDHE or the local health department will notify the setting. The setting will be responsible for identifying close contacts and notifying them about the potential exposure. 

For more information about KDHE’s changes to contact tracing, read KDHE’s January 18 News Release (