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. The KDHE or Health Department will contact you with more information. However, due to significant numbers of positive cases, there may be a delay. 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, direct contact with the secretions of a person positive for COVID-19, or travel to specific locations as outlined by the KDHE.

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.
  • Quarantine (identified as a close contact of a person positive for COVID-19)
    • For unvaccinated people; people five months past their completed initial series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations with no booster; people two months past their initial Johnson & Johnson dose with no booster: 
      • Stay home and quarantine for at least five days.
      • After five days in quarantine, wear a mask indoors and around others an additional five days.
      • It is recommended to take a COVID-19 test at least five days after you last had close contact with a person positive for COVID-19.
      • Continue to monitor for symptoms for 10 days after your close contact.
    • For people fully vaccinated and boosted; people within five months of their completed initial series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations; people within two months of their initial dose of Johnson & Johnson; people confirmed to have had a COVID-19 infection in the past 90 days:
      • You do not need to quarantine.
      • Take a COVID-19 test at least five days after you last had close contact with a person positive for COVID-19.
      • Continue to monitor for symptoms for 10 days after your close contact.

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.
    • Schools may require a negative antigen test in order to return to school.
    • 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
      • Stay home and quarantine for five days. If you have no symptoms after five days in quarantine, the person can return to school. Wear a mask indoors and around others an additional five days. OR, 
      • Five days with the Test to Stay option for participating school districts. Schools will designate specific testing protocols. A mask must be worn by school contacts at school, including activities. 
    • Household contacts who attend school
      • If possible, quarantine from the person positive for COVID-19 for five days.
      • If quarantining away from a person positive for COVID-19 is not possible, the household contact should remain home and begin a five-day quarantine from the time the person positive for COVID-19 has either completed isolation, or after symptoms have resolved. 

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 fully vaccinated and boosted
      • 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 10 days.
  • Quarantine (identified as a close contact of a person positive for COVID-19)
    • Stay home and quarantine for 10 days, OR
    • Quarantine for five days with the option to take a PCR test on day six. The person can return after day seven if the test result is negative.
    • 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 5 years old and older. For more information on COVID-19 vaccine availability in Harvey County, click here.

(Updated Jan. 14, 2022)