Quarantine & Isolation
If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should take protective actions such as social distancing, wearing a mask, staying home and contacting your health care provider if you’re experiencing symptoms.
Testing is also available at Watkins for individuals with or without symptoms. To reduce risk of transmission, please make an appointment by calling the Watkins Health Services Nurse Helpline at 785-864-9583.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, vaccinated persons with an exposure 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).
- Are within six months following receipt of the last dose in the series.
- Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
Persons who do not meet all three of the criteria above, and/or are not vaccinated, should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
Isolation is recommended for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are symptomatic and awaiting test results; but unlike quarantine, isolation does not have a prescribed number of days. After completion of a time period set by a medical professional, isolation can be discontinued under the guidance of Watkins Health Services staff member or your personal physician, who can also provide clearance to return to normal activities or have further medical care.
Quarantine & Isolation Guides
What is a Close Contact?
If you are within six feet of someone for 10 minutes, you are considered a close contact even with proper use of a mask or other personal protective equipment (PPE).
The difference between social distancing, quarantine and isolation:
Who is it for?
What is it?
When do I use it?
Consult the KDHE website or contact your local health department if you are unsure if you should self- quarantine.
How long is it for?
Once your quarantine period has ended, if you do not have symptoms, you may return to your normal routine.
What does this mean for my daily life?
If possible, work from home.
Practice good hygiene and avoid shaking hands or touching your face.
If you are feeling sick, stay home and if needed, call a healthcare provider.
For food, medication, and other necessities. - have friends, family, or delivery services deliver supplies.
Standard hygiene and precautionary measures like not sharing household items, washing your hands, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces often.
If you are in home quarantine, monitor your symptoms and if you become ill and need medical attention call your healthcare provider.