Testing for COVID-19, Flu and RSV

Sedgwick County residents tested at the Health Department sampling site are tested for multiple viruses using one swab. Individuals are tested for COVID-19, influenza (flu) and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). Below you will find information on what you should do if you test positive for any of these viruses. 

For all of the below, you should:

If you test positive for COVID-19:

Remain at home in isolation for 10 full days after your symptoms start or 72 hours after symptoms stop, whichever is longer. If you do not have symptoms, you should remain in isolation until 10 full days after the day you were sampled. 

Your close contacts will be quarantined for 10 days after date of last exposure and continue watching for symptoms for 4 more days. Close contacts are people you were around within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more, with or without a mask. 

What does isolation mean?

When isolated, you should be separated in a location and under conditions that will prevent any possible spread of the virus to others. This includes remaining at home at all times and not attending work, errands, school, religious events, parties or gatherings, or any other activities or events. In addition, there should be no visitors to your home other than people who live there.

COVID-19 quarantine guidance

If you are a close contact of a COVID-19 case or are in quarantine due to travel, you should remain home for 10 days after the last day you had close contact with the COVID-19 case or for 10 days after you returned from traveling. Close contacts are within 6 feet of COVID-19 positive people for 10 minutes or more, with or without a mask.

You may leave your home on Day 8 if you meet all three of the following conditions: 

  1. Have no COVID-19 symptoms 
  2. Were tested for COVID-19 on or after the sixth day with a PCR test
  3. The result of that test was "Negative" or "Not Detected"

If you meet the three conditions above and leave quarantine on Day 8, continue to monitor your symptoms until 14 days after the case is released from isolation. If you develop one or more symptoms of COVID-19 during the 14 days after you were exposed, you should be retested.

If you test positive for flu:

Remain at home in isolation for 5 days after your symptoms started or 24 hours fever-free without the use of fever reducing medication, whichever is longer. 

If you test positive for RSV:

Remain at home until your cough has improved, you no longer have a runny nose, and you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. 

If you test positive for flu and RSV:

Remain at home in isolation for 5 days after your symptoms started or 24 hours fever-free without the use of fever reducing medication, whichever is longer. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 and influenza:

Since you tested positive for COVID-19, you should remain at home in isolation for 10 days after your symptoms start or 72 hours after symptoms stop, whichever is longer. If you do not have symptoms, you should remain in isolation until 10 days after the day you were sampled. 

Your close contacts will be quarantined for 14 days after date of last exposure. Close contacts are people you were around within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more, with or without a mask. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 and RSV:

Since you tested positive for COVID-19, you should remain at home in isolation for 10 days after your symptoms start or 72 hours after symptoms stop, whichever is longer. If you do not have symptoms, you should remain in isolation until 10 days after the day you were sampled. 

Your close contacts will be quarantined for 14 days after date of last exposure. Close contacts are people you were around within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more, with or without a mask. 

If you test positive for COVID-19, flu and RSV:

Since you tested positive for COVID-19, you should remain at home in isolation for 10 days after your symptoms start or 72 hours after symptoms stop, whichever is longer. If you do not have symptoms, you should remain in isolation until 10 days after the day you were sampled. 

Your close contacts will be quarantined for 14 days after date of last exposure. Close contacts are people you were around within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more, with or without a mask.