The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their quarantine recommendation in response to local circumstances and resources. The KDHE is supporting these recommendations but leaving it up to each Kansas County to decide what method they implement. McPherson County Health Department will be implementing the following protocols regarding quarantine and isolation for COVID-19:

  • Someone diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to isolate for 10 days from symptom onset and may be released from isolation when they have isolated for 10 days AND have had significant symptom improvement AND have been 72 hours fever-free without fever-reducing medication.
  • Someone diagnosed with COVID-19 but are not having any symptoms are required to isolate for 10 days from their COVID-19 test date and may be released from isolation after they have been isolated for 10 days and have not developed symptoms.
  • Someone identified as a close contact (within 6 feet for 10 minutes or longer) of a positive COVID-19 case are required to quarantine for 10 days from last exposure to the positive case.

If the close contact becomes symptomatic during quarantine, they should seek testing.

If the close contact does not become symptomatic by day 7 of their quarantine, they may seek PCR testing (not antigen testing) if they wish. If their result comes back before their 10th day of quarantine and it is negative, they may be released at that time. If their test comes back positive, they must begin their 10-day isolation as an asymptomatic case from their test date (see second bullet above)

If the close contact does not have symptoms and does not want to test or cannot find a location to get a PCR test, they are required to quarantine for 10 days.

If the close contact is long-term care or assisted living resident or an inmate at a correctional facility, they are required by KDHE to remain in quarantine for 14 days because of their high-risk setting.

Return to Practice Guidelines

At Home Covid Screening

Patient Information on Home Quarantine

Return to Play Protocol After Covid-19 (SRHC)