The Harvey County Health Department, in consultation with the county's public health officer, has adopted the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's quarantine and isolation guidance regarding COVID-19.

If you have received a positive COVID-19 test, please begin to isolate for five days. Please notify other individuals that would be identified as close contacts to inform them they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor for potential symptoms. Close contact exposure includes someone within 6 feet of a person positive for COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes in a 24-hour period, living or staying with a person positive for COVID-19 or direct contact with the secretions of a person positive for COVID-19.

The quarantine and isolation guidance is different for specific groups. Below, please find the guidance for the general, K-12 school, health care and child care populations.

General Population

  • Isolation (positive for COVID-19)
    • Stay at home away from people for five days.
    • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after five days, and you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, you can leave your home.
    • Continue to wear a mask indoors and around others throughout the duration. This includes the five days in isolation, and an additional five days beyond isolation as a precaution. Or, take antigen tests 48 hours apart beginning on day six, and if the results are negative, you can be around others without a mask.
  • Quarantine (identified as a close contact of a person positive for COVID-19)
    • All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, should begin to wear a mask immediately after finding out they were a close contact: 
      • Continue precautions for 10 full days. Day 1 is counted as the first full day after your last exposure.
      • Watch for symptoms, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately, get tested for COVID-19 and stay home until you know the result. If the test result if positive, follow isolation recommendations.
      • Take a COVID-19 test at least five full days after your last exposure. Test even if you do not develop symptoms.
        • If the test is negative, continue taking precautions through Day 10. COVID-19 can still develop up to 10 days after exposure.
        • If the test is positive, follow isolation recommendations.

K-12 School Population

  • Isolation (positive for COVID-19)
    • Stay at home for five days. 
    • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after five days, and you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, you can return to school. Wear a mask indoors and around others an additional five days, or take antigen tests 48 hours apart beginning on day six, and if the results are negative, you can be around others without a mask.
    • Schools may require a negative antigen test in order to return to school on Day 6.
    • If symptoms continue during the initial five-day isolation, continue to isolate an additional five days (10 total days). 
  • Quarantine (identified as a close contact of a person positive for COVID-19)
    • School contacts
      • Students, teachers or staff who choose to wear well-fitting masks daily for at least 10 days after exposure should be tested on Day 5 following their exposure. 
      • Students, teachers or staff who choose not to mask should be tested upon notification of their exposure, and then every other day through Day 7. 
    • Household contacts who attend school
      • If possible, quarantine from the person positive for COVID-19 for five days.
      • Students, teachers or staff who choose to wear a well-fitting mask indoors daily should mask while household exposure is ongoing and for 10 days following their last exposure. Testing is recommended on Day 5 after last exposure, or immediately if symptoms develop.
      • Students, teachers or staff who choose not to wear a mask should be tested upon notification of their exposure, and then every other day through Day 7. 

Health Care Population

  • Isolation (positive for COVID-19)
    • Conventional Staffing
      • Isolate for 10 days, OR
      • Isolate for seven days with a negative test if asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic with improving symptoms.
      • Employee returning to work during 10-day infectious period should only work with COVID-19 patients.
    • Contingency Staffing
      • Isolate for five days with or without a negative test if asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic with improving symptoms.
      • Employee returning to work during 10-day infectious period should only work with COVID-19 patients.
    • Crisis Staffing
      • No work restrictions. Prioritization considerations for asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic health care workers.
  • Quarantine (identified as a close contact of a person positive for COVID-19)
    • For people up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations
      • Conventional Staffing
        • No work restrictions. Required negative test on day two and one day between day five and seven after exposure.
      • Contingency Staffing
        • No work restrictions.
      • Crisis Staffing
        • No work restrictions.
    • For people vaccinated or unvaccinated, even if within 90 days of prior infection
      • Conventional Staffing
        • Quarantine 10 days, or seven days with negative test.
      • Contingency Staffing
        • No work restrictions. Negative tests required on days one, two and three, and any one day between day five and seven after exposure.
      • Crisis Staffing
        • No work restrictions. Test if possible.

Child Care Population

  • Isolation (positive for COVID-19)
    • Stay home for five days.
    • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after five days, and you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, you can return to the child care center. Wear a well-fitting mask indoors consistently for an additional five days.
  • Quarantine (identified as a close contact of a person positive for COVID-19)
    • Staff and children who were close contacts but not up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, or did not have confirmed COVID-19 in the past 90 days, should quarantine for five days, and then can return after five days while wearing a well-fitting mask consistently for an additional five days.
    • For staff and children who cannot wear a mask - including children under 2 years old - the safest option is to quarantine for 10 days
    • During periods of critical staffing shortages, facilities may consider shortening the quarantine period for staff to ensure continuity of operations. This decision should be made in consultation with the Harvey County Health Department.


Additional guidance for specific populations may be established in the future.

COVID-19 vaccines are available for people 6 months old and older. For more information on COVID-19 vaccine availability in Harvey County, click here.

(Updated Sept. 21, 2022)