KDHE has adopted the following guidelines regarding isolation and quarantine:
Healthcare Workers (HCW) in the Hospital Setting
- HCW in the hospital setting that have lab confirmed COVID-19 infection isolate for 10 days OR 7 days with a negative test if they are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic with improving symptoms.
- HCW in the hospital setting with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic can return to work only with COVID-19 positive patients during the remainder of their 10-day infectious period.
- Boosted and asymptomatic HCW who are close contacts of a COVID-19 case have no work restrictions with negative tests on day 2 and between 5-7.
- Asymptomatic HCW that are not boosted and unvaccinated who are close contacts of a COVID-19 case quarantine for 10 days OR 7 days with a negative test.
General Population (does not include HCW or congregate settings)
- People with diagnosed COVID-19 isolate at home for 5 days. If they do not have symptoms or their symptoms are resolved after 5 days and they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications they can leave their house. They must continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
- If someone is exposed to COVID-19 but is boosted OR have completed the primary series and is not eligible for a booster yet (6 months between 2nd dose and booster dose of Pfizer/Moderna, 2 months between 1st dose and booster dose of J&J), they do NOT have to quarantine but should wear a mask around others for 10 days. If possible, individuals should get tested on day 5.
- If someone is exposed to COVID-19 and is unvaccinated OR is eligible for a booster and has not received it (6 months between 2nd dose and booster dose of Pfizer/Moderna, 2 months between 1st dose and booster dose of J&J), they are required to quarantine at home for 5 days. They must continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. If unable to quarantine, individuals must wear a mask around others for 10 days and should get tested on day 5 if possible.
KDHE investigates almost all McPherson County COVID-19 cases and contacts. McPherson County Health Department continues to investigate congregate settings like nursing homes and other special circumstances. We expect to see specific guidance updates for correctional facilities, nursing homes, PreK-12 schools and higher education facilities in the coming days. Infographics and other helpful tools will also be available. We know this change will be difficult to adjust to and we hope it is an effective step toward balancing a pandemic transitioning to an endemic and the wellbeing of our society.
Our local healthcare infrastructure is being heavily impacted by surging case load. Individuals with and without COVID-19 are filling beds both inpatient and in our ERs. It is pertinent that those who are eligible, anyone 5 years old and above, seek vaccination, including your booster dose if you are eligible for it. Help us help you; help us help our community. The staff of MCHD are McPherson County residents and we care deeply about our community on a personal level.
Have a safe and happy New Year,
Shalei and MCHD Staff