Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for Healthcare Workers

KDHE Guidelines Table updated 2/3/22

These guidelines are specific for healthcare workers, including healthcare workers in long-term care facilities or similar settings.

KDHE defines a healthcare worker as all paid or unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings. This may include, but is not limited to, emergency medical service personnel, nurses, nursing assistants, home healthcare personnel, physicians, technicians, therapists, phlebotomists, pharmacists, dental healthcare personnel, reception, students and trainees, contractual staff not employed by the healthcare facility, and persons not directly involved in patient care, but who could be exposed to infectious agents that can be transmitted in the healthcare setting (ex. environmental services).

Isolation (Test Positive or Have Symptoms after Exposure)

What happens if a healthcare worker tests positive for COVID-19?

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 a healthcare worker is a close contact of a person with COVID-19?

Quarantine for People who are Unvaccinated or Not Up to Date for Vaccination

Quarantine Exemption for People who are Up to Date for COVID-19 Vaccination or within 90 days of COVID-19 Infection and Asymptomatic

Who determines if the facility is operating in conventional, contingency, or crisis staffing levels?

It is up to the facility to determine if their facility is in conventional, contingency, or crisis staffing. Definitions for each level are provided below.