Isolation and Exposure Guidance for People Who Work, Reside or Attend a Congregate Setting (ex. Correctional Facilities, Homeless Shelters)

Guidelines Table updated 12/22/22

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 or homeless shelters. People who work in healthcare should follow the guidelines outlined on the healthcare worker webpage.

The guidance below does not include long-term care facility residents. These residents should follow guidance outlined by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) or Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Isolation (Test Positive or Have Symptoms after Exposure)

What happens if someone who works, resides in, or attends a congregate setting test positive for COVID-19?

COVID-19 Exposure (Close Contact of Someone with COVID-19)

CDC and KDHE no longer recommended quarantine after exposure to someone with COVID-19. However, people with COVID-19 exposure should still follow the recommendations below, regardless of vaccination status. 

Who is considered a “close contact?”

CDC has moved away from the previous definition of a close contact and moved toward information for individuals on "Understanding Exposure Risks" (more information).

Multiple factors increase the risk of getting COVID-19 after being exposed to someone with COVID-19 including:

  1. Longer time spent with the infected person
  2. If the infected person was coughing, singing, shouting or breathing heavily
  3. If the infected person had symptoms
  4. If neither the infected person nor the exposed person was wearing a high-quality mask
  5. If the space was poorly ventilated
  6. If the exposed person was very close or touching the infected person.

When two more of these factors are present, the exposed person should follow exposure guidelines and mask for 10 days. 

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

Guidelines for Facilities

Additional information about updated COVID-19 guidelines for congregate settings can be found on the CDC website at