KDHE announces new travel, quarantine recommendations related to COVID-19

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Posted at 5:40 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 18:40:01-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued new quarantine recommendations Sunday night due to the coronavirus pandemic.

KDHE Secretary Dr. Lee Norman said in a news release that public health officials will notify Kansas if they are a “close contact” of confirmed coronavirus case.

“One thing we want to stress is that having contact with someone who may have been exposed to someone who may be a COVID-19 case is not a reason to worry or quarantine yourself,” Norman said.

KDHE said in a news release that it suggests a 14-day “home quarantine” for Kansas who have:

  • Visited a state with “known widespread community transmission” on or after March 15.
  • Visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties in Colorado within the past week.
  • Traveled on a cruise ship or internationally on or after March 15.
  • Received notification from public health officials that they are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. Quarantine in this instance should be 14 days from the last time contact was made with the case.

KDHE said in the release that people who have previously been told the quarantine should complete the quarantine.

A home quarantine requires that people not attend school or work or be in any setting “where they are not able to maintain” a 6-foot distance from others.