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Quarantine

Drive-thru testing is available by appointment at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment clinic in Olathe. Additional community testing sites are available and can be found at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/280/COVID-19-Testing.

The state of Kansas and Johnson County will only rely on PCR test results to shorten the quarantine period. The PCR is more reliable than the antigen rapid test. Free PCR tests are widely available in Johnson County.

A close contact is anyone who was within six feet of an infectious individual for a total of 10 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. A person is infectious (can spread COVID-19) starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person had any symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.

Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 can take up to 14 days to show symptoms. Modeling studies show that the risk of transmission after day 10, particularly if an individual has a negative PCR test at least 48 hours prior, is reduced. Additional information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/scientific-brief-options-to-reduce-quarantine.html

  • People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19- excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 month or who are fully vaccinated.
  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
  • People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
  • People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.

Options for individuals who cannot quarantine for 14 days

There are two options for a shorter quarantine period.

Exposed individuals who have no symptoms of COVID-19 can shorten their quarantine to 7 days if they get a negative result from a PCR test (nasal swab or saliva) taken no earlier than on day 5 of their quarantine. If the test is negative and the person has NO symptoms, the person may resume activities on day 8. If someone chooses not to get tested, they will need to remain in quarantine for 10 days and can resume activities on day 11 if they have NO symptoms.

If someone needs to quarantine and develops symptoms, this individual may NOT test out of quarantine with a negative test result. They must quarantine for 14 days and their symptoms must be improved in order to be released from quarantine.

Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should monitor for symptoms for 14 days and get tested if symptoms develop.

Due to high risk situations, residents in long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities and prisons are not eligible for the shortened quarantine period.

Quarantine, What do I need to know about vaccines

Vaccinated persons who are exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine).
  • Have not had any symptoms since the current COVID-19 exposure.

If any of the above criteria are not met, persons should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

*However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Fully vaccinated people (2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series [Pfizer or Moderna] or 2 weeks after a single dose vaccine [Johnson &Johnson]) can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommends schools continue to follow their school guidance, which includes masking and physical distancing.

Quarantine, Testing

Passengers traveling within the United States do not need to take COVID-19 test, however, testing is recommended before and after travel, especially if you have symptoms or have been told you were exposed to someone with COVID-19. If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected and do not travel. It’s also a good idea to avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days after your trip, whether you get tested or not.

Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Travel & Exposure Related Isolation/Quarantine

Those who have traveled to the following locations need to quarantine upon arrival in Kansas. The length of quarantine varies depending on whether you have been tested for COVID-19. This applies to both Kansas residents and those visiting Kansas. Visit the KDHE COVID-19 website for the current list of locations: https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran.

Vaccinated persons are not required to quarantine regarding travel if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the travel

Persons who do not meet both of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance for travel.

People with previous COVID-19 disease are not required to quarantine following travel if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have evidence of a previous infection supported by a positive PCR or antigen test
  • Are within 6 months following infection. If an investigation was done documenting the date that symptoms resolved, or the date isolation measures were discontinued for asymptomatic patients, then the 6-month period can start from that end date. If those dates are not available, then the period will start from the date of the positive laboratory test. A serology or antibody test may not be substituted for a laboratory report of a viral diagnostic test.
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the travel

Persons who do not meet all three of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance for travel.

If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.

  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
  • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
  • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
  • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
  • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.

Business

The risk of contracting coronavirus (COVID-19) from a drive-thru or from carryout is much less than if you were eating in a restaurant. COVID-19 is spread from one person to another through talking and respiratory dropletsby breathing in air when close to an infected person or coming into contact with respiratory droplets. The risk of catching COVID-19 from food containers like cardboard boxes and bags is exceptionally low.

If you are eating at a restaurant, try to eat outdoors where we know transmission of coronavirus is less likely. If you are eating inside a restaurant, make sure the restaurant staff and particularly the servers and people you interact with are wearing masks, because that will help protect you from contracting it if those individuals are spreading the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines steps you can take before and during a trip to a restaurant to help protect yourself from COVID-19.

This a respiratory virus. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 through your food is low.

Data

Lab results are generally reported to KDHE electronically from laboratories, hospitals, clinics, etc. The results are entered into a database called EpiTrax that local health department and others can access. This is the mechanism with which new cases are identified and reported to both state and local health officials.

EpiTrax is a communicable disease surveillance and outbreak management application that allows multiple jurisdictions to identify, investigate, and mitigate communicable diseases, environmental hazards, and bioterrorism events.

It is worthwhile to address some misinformation about this concept circulating in the community. Local health department call positive cases and ask questions about where they have been and who they have been around during their infectious period. People identified in this process are called “close contacts” and are at high-risk for developing COVID-19 because of their exposure to a positive individual. These individuals are notified of their exposure and asked to quarantine for 14 days while watching for symptoms. These actions have the effect of building a “wall” around the infection and preventing the further spread.

The way health officials track this information is in EpiTrax. It is accurate to say that the contacts of positive cases are “epi-linked,” meaning they are connected to one another through some common source, such as a person or place. That way, if close contacts develop COVID-19, JCDHE knows the source of the infection and can use the information to deploy additional mitigation techniques. It is NOT accurate to say that “epi-linked” individuals are included in case counts. These are separate processes.

Zero. National public health organizations do not include antibody tests in their definitions of confirmed COVID-19 cases. The case counts included on JCDHE’s dashboard are based on Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests for coronavirus.

This is now located under the Cumulative Summary tab, at the bottom.

There are many ways to look at data. Positivity rates, any way they are calculated, is one way to look at data. It can provide an indication of whether adequate testing is going on. It can also be an early indication of increasing rates of infection. No matter how it is calculated, the trends appear to be similar. It tells us the percent of people who tested positive for COVID-19 over the number of COVID-19 tests performed. A high positivity rate can tell us if there is a high level of transmission in the community. It can also tell us if we are testing broadly enough and if testing numbers are down. A positivity rate of 5% or less over a 14-day period is recommended by the World Health Organization prior to reopening.

General

A person is generally thought to be infectious, or able to spread COVID-19 to others, up to 2 days before their symptoms begin (or 2 days before their test date if no symptoms) and up to 10 days after their symptoms begin (or 10 days after their test date if no symptoms).

Visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Frequently Asked Questions about quaratines for the latest information.

Dr. Joseph LeMaster, Johnson County public health officer, recommends surgical masks or cloth face coverings made with two layers of fabric. 

Surgical masks are disposable masks that have multiple layers of protection. They're the type of masks worn by health care professionals in a clinical setting.

You should wash cloth masks after you wear them in hot water with detergent. Bleach is not necessary to kill the virus on cloth masks.

Surgical and cloth face masks are not tight enough around your face to protect you, but by wearing them, you protect others.

Make sure masks fit securely over your nose. These types of masks are not effective if you pull them down below your nose.

LeMaster does not recommend masks with valves in them, because the valves allow all of the mask wearer's exhalation to exit through the valve.

Children can get COVID-19. Symptoms in children may be very mild, for example a runny nose, sneezing and/or a mild cough. Some children may exhibit no symptoms. Some children can develop severe complications and may require hospitalization.

Children ages 12 and older are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. It is recommended those that are eligible get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can to protect themselves and others against getting COVID-19.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment can test children ages 5 and older during testing clinics. Children ages 5-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If your child is younger than 5, and you believe they need to be tested, contact your child's physician.

If you're sick, stay home.

If you must attend a gathering and are unvaccinated, stay at least six feet away from other guests and wear a mask. If you can't stay six feet apart, always wear a mask, except when eating and drinking. If possible, hold the gathering outdoors.

Fully vaccinated people (2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series [Pfizer or Moderna] or 2 weeks after a single dose vaccine [Johnson &Johnson]) can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

Rather than serving food buffet style where guests use a single utensil to put food on their plates, have someone wear a mask, wash their hands thoroughly and serve the food to each person.

Wash your hands frequently. Use hand sanitizer frequently when soap and water aren't available.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates it is a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus first identified in 2019. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness like the common cold.

COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than 6 feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected.

COVID-19 is spread in three main ways:

  • Breathing in air when close to an infected person who is exhaling small droplets and particles that contain the virus.
  • Having these small droplets and particles that contain virus land on the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially through splashes and sprays like a cough or sneeze.
  • Touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus on them.

In severe cases, infection can cause bronchitis, pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. From what we know so far, illness seems to be more severe in older individuals and in people with other health conditions.

In general, symptoms usually appear 2–14 days after exposure. CDC is gathering information on whether this novel coronavirus can be spread by people before they show symptoms. At this time, CDC’s guidance is based on the available science, which suggests that the incubation period ranges from 2 to 14 days and that patients are most contagious when they have a fever/symptoms.

 

Anyone infected with COVID-19 can spread it, even if they do NOT have symptoms.

To protect yourself against getting COVID-19 from inhalation:

  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others.
  • Stay 6 feet apart.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and improve ventilation.

To protect yourself against getting COVID-19 from splashes or sprays:

  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others.
  • Stay 6 feet apart.
  • Avoid crowds.

To protect yourself against getting COVID-19 from touching your eyes, nose, or mouth:

  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others.
  • Wash your hands.

Anyone who is exposed to COVID-19 may become infected. Traveling to an area with widespread transmission of COVID-19 increases your risk.

High-risk persons include older adults and people who are immunocompromised and/or have severe chronic medical conditions (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, lung disease).

A MILD case of COVID-19 causes mild fever, headache, body aches and cough. A SEVERE case of COVID-19 causes fever, cough and shortness of breath (i.e., difficulty breathing while doing daily activities, going up stairs, walking, eating, bathing, sleeping, talking, etc. and is NOT related to a previous health condition). Some patients may develop pneumonia. Symptoms appear two-14 days after exposure.

Johnson County recommends all symptomatic individuals be tested for COVID-19. Drive-thru testing is available by appointment at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment clinic in Olathe. Additional community testing sites are available and can be found at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/280/COVID-19-Testing

If you get sick, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment recommends you isolate at home for 10 days after the onset of symptoms, until you are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and until you have a significant improvement in symptoms.

For detailed information about what to do if you're sick, including when to see a doctor and how to protect others from becoming sick, see this guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NO. Being exposed to COVID-19 is not an emergency. Call your healthcare provider to discuss your exposure and symptoms. Do NOT go to your healthcare provider office or clinic until after you have spoken with someone in the office or clinic.

School Reopening Criteria

This is not required by JCDHE. Schools/districts may have their own requirements for returning to school. All COVID-19 tests are voluntary, whether administered by JCDHE, the school or otherwise. Parental consent is required for testing of those under age 16 at the JCDHE drive-thru.

JCDHE and school districts are collaborating to conduct case investigations and contact trace when infected individuals expose others during the school day or during school-related activities. Isolating infected individuals and quarantining people who had high-risk exposures is critical to containing the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

Spread can be minimized by limiting activities to those that are compatible with masking and physical distancing; cohorting to minimize the number of contacts (groups should be stable with limited numbers); limiting spectator attendance to family members; create distance between households in audience areas; and routine monitoring of symptoms and immediate exclusion, as appropriate. Athletics, because of excessive exhalation, close physical contact, and a lack of masks, present an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. Similar risks exist with band and choir rehearsals/performances and other indoor extracurricular activities when mitigation measures are not implemented.

The differences in the recommended learning modes for elementary and middle/high school students are based on existing evidence that shows older students can transmit COVID-19 like adults. Younger children are less able to learn online and have social and language development needs that should be addressed in person. Elementary schools are also better designed to cohort students to prevent transmission.

Generally, high-risk in schools means unmasked exposure within six feet for longer than 10 minutes. Low-risk is when a positive case and contacts are both masked and were more than six feet (three feet for elementary children in some cases) apart (this guidance is different than guidance for the general public). JCDHE staff and school personnel collaborate to thoroughly investigate these exposures. There will be times when parents are unable to “see” their child’s exposure in this guidance and will feel that their child should not be excluded. In these cases, there is often additional information revealed during the investigation that led to quarantine recommendations. In order to protect the privacy of all individuals involved, these details will not be made public. These situations can be frustrating, but it is important to know that JCDHE does not take the recommendation to quarantine lightly. We thank you for acting in a manner that protects others from being exposed to the virus.

Daily symptom screenings, physical distancing, face mask use, regular/frequent hand hygiene, appropriate ventilation, limiting room occupancy, reducing singing and shouting indoors, holding many activities outdoors, teaching proper ways to sneeze and cough into elbows, cohorting as much as possible, students and staff staying home when ill and symptom surveillance. Regular cleaning and disinfecting is important. Continued collaboration with JCDHE on case investigations and contact tracing is key. Outside visitors should be limited.

The COVID-19 incidence rate is the key metric the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) looks at when determining the current recommended phase for schools. However, JCDHE also considers several other factors when changing the recommendations to school districts. JCDHE also looks at the trend of positivity rate and additional indicators including the trend of cases, the capacity of the school districts to assist in case investigations and contact tracing, and public health capacity. JCDHE also considers the risk of spread within school buildings which can be minimized by the schools’ ability to implement mitigation measures (e.g., masking, distancing, etc.). Other considerations are factors such as student mental health, educational needs, and the impacts on families and school staff. These factors must be considered together in making decisions about the recommended learning mode. 

JCDHE does not recommend changing learning modes with every change in incidence rate or other metrics. Health department staff monitor these metrics daily and will make additional recommendations to the districts when/if the ability to implement mitigation measures become challenged. We have also been clear that districts will make decisions that are best for them in consultation with their parents, teachers, staff, and school boards. 

It is always safer for schools to offer in-person learning when community transmission is low. The community must continue to work to break the transmission cycle in Johnson County by wearing masks appropriately and consistently, physically distancing, washing hands frequently, staying home when sick, and getting a flu shot.  
 

As new evidence emerges, recommendations may change. JCDHE and school districts are working closely together to monitor community and school conditions and make amendments if necessary.

Yes. Mitigation measures such as masking and physical distancing work, but they are not perfect. There is transmission risk anytime groups gather during a pandemic. The risk of transmission increases the more people are together. Risk increases with every step in the continuum of virtual learning to hybrid to in-person learning. When transmission in the community is low, risk of spread within the schools will also be low. CDC still currently recommends schools follow guidance, which includes masking and physical distancing (May 2021).

JCDHE will be in contact with the schools to communicate next steps when positive cases are identified, including isolation dates for the affected individual. Schools and JCDHE staff collaborate to identify close contacts and notify parents of quarantine dates.

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, loves the indoor environment. JCDHE is not recommending schools allow athletics and activities where risk cannot be mitigated, including sports that produce excessive exhalation, require close physical contact, and do not allow for masks. If these activities are allowed, schools should take adequate risk reduction precautions, including masking, cohorting teams, testing to quickly identify infections, not allowing spectators or limiting spectator attendance to immediate family members, and monitoring for symptoms. JCDHE will continue to work with schools to prevent secondary transmission and respond as necessary. Our mitigation efforts continue to depend on a mask mandate, public education and our community members following public health advice to wear masks, physical distance and other measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Testing

The FDA is reminding the public of the limitations of COVID-19 antibody, or serology, testing and providing additional recommendations about the use of antibody tests in people who received a COVID-19 vaccination.

Antibody tests can play an important role in identifying individuals who may have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and may have developed an adaptive immune response. However, antibody tests should not be used at this time to determine immunity or protection against COVID-19 at any time, and especially after a person has received a COVID-19 vaccination.

The FDA will continue to monitor the use of authorized SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests for purposes other than identifying people with an adaptive immune response to SARS-CoV-2 from a recent or prior infection.
 

If your test comes back positive, JCDHE will send your result via email if you were tested through JCDHE if you provide verbal consent. Soon after, JCDHE will call you at the number you provided to begin a case investigation. JCDHE attempts to call all persons with positive test results to begin a case investigation.

If your test result is negative, JCDHE will email your result if you provide verbal consent when tested through JCDHE. If you don't provide verbal consent for email, you will receive a letter in the mail with your negative test results.

Test results are available within 1 to 2 business days. Test results will be sent via email if you provide verbal consent. Check your email account’s spam/junk folder if you have not received your results within 4 business days. Do not call our office for test results as this delays the process. If your test is POSITIVE and you choose not to receive your results via email, you will receive a phone call at the number you provided when you scheduled your appointment. If your test is NEGATIVE and you choose not to receive results via email, you will receive a letter in the mail at the address you provided when you scheduled your appointment.

Cars will be instructed to keep windows rolled up until they pull up next to a testing station. A team member delivers prelabeled lab form, media and swab to the testing station. Drivers will be instructed to roll down their windows and keep their head inside the car. JCDHE staff will ensure that all infection prevention & control steps are followed including hand hygiene before and after the procedure and before and after the sample collection.

JCDHE staff will be responsible for collecting the specimen samples and information (name, DOB, address, gender, occupation, race/ethnicity, and information about symptoms) from the individuals being tested. Johnson County is entering into a contract(s) with laboratories to provide testing materials, receive samples, analyze specimens and report the results.

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. 

The CDC recommends that all international travelers, regardless of vaccination status, get tested 3–5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel, even if their test is negative. Travelers who don’t get tested should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. Travelers who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and follow public health recommendations. It’s also a good idea to avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days after your trip, whether you get tested or not.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Travel & Exposure Related Isolation/Quarantine

Those who have traveled to the following locations need to quarantine upon arrival in Kansas. The length of quarantine varies depending on whether you have been tested for COVID-19. This applies to both Kansas residents and those visiting Kansas. Visit the KDHE COVID-19 website for the current list of locations: https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran.

Vaccinated persons are not required to quarantine regarding travel if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the travel

Persons who do not meet both of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance for travel.

People with previous COVID-19 disease are not required to quarantine following travel if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have evidence of a previous infection supported by a positive PCR or antigen test
  • Are within 6 months following infection. If an investigation was done documenting the date that symptoms resolved, or the date isolation measures were discontinued for asymptomatic patients, then the 6-month period can start from that end date. If those dates are not available, then the period will start from the date of the positive laboratory test. A serology or antibody test may not be substituted for a laboratory report of a viral diagnostic test.
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the travel

Persons who do not meet all three of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance for travel.

Quarantine, Testing

Passengers traveling within the United States do not need to take COVID-19 test, however, testing is recommended before and after travel, especially if you have symptoms or have been told you were exposed to someone with COVID-19. If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected and do not travel. It’s also a good idea to avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days after your trip, whether you get tested or not.

Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Travel & Exposure Related Isolation/Quarantine

Those who have traveled to the following locations need to quarantine upon arrival in Kansas. The length of quarantine varies depending on whether you have been tested for COVID-19. This applies to both Kansas residents and those visiting Kansas. Visit the KDHE COVID-19 website for the current list of locations: https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran.

Vaccinated persons are not required to quarantine regarding travel if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the travel

Persons who do not meet both of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance for travel.

People with previous COVID-19 disease are not required to quarantine following travel if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have evidence of a previous infection supported by a positive PCR or antigen test
  • Are within 6 months following infection. If an investigation was done documenting the date that symptoms resolved, or the date isolation measures were discontinued for asymptomatic patients, then the 6-month period can start from that end date. If those dates are not available, then the period will start from the date of the positive laboratory test. A serology or antibody test may not be substituted for a laboratory report of a viral diagnostic test.
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the travel

Persons who do not meet all three of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance for travel.

If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.

  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
  • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
  • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
  • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
  • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.

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If you have questions about Johnson County’s public health recommendations, email [email protected].

If you have virus-related questions, call the Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline. You can also call this number if you need a safe place to quarantine or isolate.

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913-715-CV19 (2819)
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