Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for General Public (Including K-12 Schools)

KDHE Guidelines Table updated 1/24/22

The general public does not include people who work in healthcare settings or people who work in, reside in, or attend other congregate settings, such as correctional facilities, long-term care facilities, preschool/daycare, and residence halls/group living at institutions of higher education. People who work in those settings continue to follow the previous KHDE isolation and quarantine guidance at this time. KDHE and the CDC are developing updated guidance for these settings, but that has not been released yet.

Isolation (Test Positive or Have Symptoms after Exposure)

What happens if someone from the general public tests positive for COVID-19?

What happens if someone from the general public tests positive for COVID-19 using an at-home test?

How can you protect your family from getting COVID-19 after you test positive?

Quarantine (Close Contact of Someone with COVID-19)

Who is considered a “close contact?”

You are considered a “close contact” if any of the following situations happened while you were with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 – even if they did not have symptoms:

What happens if someone from the general public is a close contact of someone with COVID-19?

At-Home Quarantine for People who are Unvaccinated; Fully Vaccinated with Pfizer/Comirnaty or Moderna more than 5 Months Ago without a Booster and Are 18 Years Old or Older; or Fully Vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson more than 2 Months Ago without a Booster

Currently Allowed Quarantine Exemptions