Quarantine is for people who do not currently have symptoms but were exposed to the disease. KDHE continues to recommend a 14-day quarantine following exposure to COVID-19, as the incubation period for this disease is 14 days. CDC has released modified guidance allowing for shorter quarantine periods to increase better compliance with quarantine and increase people getting tested. Local Health Departments may choose to opt into this guidance. For information in your county, please contact your local health department.
How the Shortened Time Period Works (Please check in with your local health department for specific information in your community)
7 Day Quarantine (Includes Testing and No Symptoms)
• After exposure, you monitor yourself for symptoms daily or participate in monitoring by Public Health for 7 full days.
• If you have no symptoms during this time frame, on or after Day 6, you may get a PCR test (antigen and antibody tests are NOT allowed for this purpose)
• IF the test is negative, and you remain symptom-free, you can be removed from quarantine on or after Day 8.
• If Testing Results are pending, you must wait until you receive results
10 Day Quarantine (No Testing and No Symptoms)
• After exposure, you monitor yourself for symptoms daily or participate in Public Health monitoring for 10 full days.
• If you have no symptoms during the 10 days, you can be released from the quarantine without a test on Day 11.
KDHE recommends all exposed people should self-monitor for fourteen (14) days from exposure and contact healthcare provider if symptoms develop. Disease can still develop through day 14.
Who is Not Eligible for Shortened Quarantine
• Residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities
• Offender populations in Department of Corrections prisons
When is it preferable NOT to allow Shortened Quarantine:
KDHE recommends that close contacts of cases infected with variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that are known to be more infectious observe the full 14-day quarantine.
Rice County will be adding the 7-day minimum quarantine option for people in our county. You may still use the 10-day option if you would not desire to be tested on day 6 of quarantine. If you have been exposed and not vaccinated, you may now do this with testing on the 6th day resulting in a negative result. PCR Testing can be conducted at the Rice County Health Department, Lyons and Sterling Medical Centers. If you have been exposed, not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated and would like to use the minimum quarantine option please call to make an appointment. Please do not expect to be able to walk in and be tested without an appointment.