Quarantine & Isolation


If you are sick, have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID, or have tested positive yourself, you will need to either quarantine or isolate. Guidelines vary depending on where you are located. KU's local health authority is the Lawrence Douglas County Health Department (LDCHD). Details on the LDCHD quarantine and isolation guidelines can be found on this page.


Quarantine & Isolation Calculator

This tool will calculate the exact dates for your quarantine or isolation period. Start by identifying the situation that best applies to you and then enter the requested date information to calculate your results.

Tested positive and have symptoms

If you are symptomatic and have tested positive for COVID-19 then you must stay at home and isolate, regardless of your vaccination status. Use the date calculator below to determine the exact duration of your isolation period.

Tested positive with NO symptoms

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, even if you don't have symptoms, you must stay at home and isolate, regardless of your vaccination status. Use the date calculator below to determine the exact duration of your isolation period.

Identified as a close contact and are unvaccinated

If you have not received a COVID vaccine or are not fully boosted, you are required to quarantine for 5 days following an exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID. You should watch for symptoms and take a test upon the conclusion of quarantine. Use the calculator below to determine dates of your quarantine and test.

Identified as a close contact and are up-to-date on your COVID vaccines

Individuals who are up-to-date on their COVID vaccine do NOT need to quarantine following exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID, however it is recommended that you wear a mask around others and take a test. Use the calculator below to determine how long you need to take precautions and on what day you need to take a test.

Previously tested positive for COVID and want to know when you are susceptible to reinfection (90 days after contracting COVID)

Reinfection among individuals who test positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 appears to be uncommon during the initial 90 days after symptom onset of your COVID-19 diagnosis. Use the calculator below to determine the exact date your 90-day window ends.


COVID Health Assessment & Guidance Form

Click on the button below to access the COVID Health Assessment & Guidance form. Answer a few brief questions to generate customized, detailed instructions on what you need to do given your individual circumstances.


Quick Reference Guide

Quickly identify what steps you need to take if you are sick, have been exposed to someone who has COVID, or have tested positive for COVID yourself.