Kansas Department of Health & Environment

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has been leading the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. KU has been closely following KDHE guidance to inform our own planning and response.

KDHE Coronavirus Website

KDHE has provided specific guidance and materials to help colleges and universities in Kansas open as safely as possible, including eight priorities:

  1. Promoting behaviors that reduce spread of disease.
  2. Physical distancing.
  3. Face masks.
  4. Symptom and temperature checks.
  5. Be prepared to test.
  6. Understand isolation and quarantine mandates.
  7. Plan for alternate housing.
  8. Understand your role in public health response.

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COLLEGE COVID-19 RISK LEVELS
LOWLOW to MEDIUMMEDIUMMEDIUM to HIGHHIGH
Online ClassesGrocery shoppingGoing to the rec centerSmall indoor partiesLarge indoor parties
Exercising outside by yourselfWalking across campusStudying at the library alone or with a friendEating at the dining hallParticipating in intramurals
Virtual study groupsPlaying disc golf TailgatingCommunity housing & activities
Playing video games   Attending a sporting event

All of these ratings are subjective and can vary depending on social distancing, wearing masks, number of people and other factors.