COVID-19 exposure, isolation and quarantine protocols


Students, employees and visitors should self-assess their symptoms and should not come to campus if they are sick, have a temperature over 100.4 degrees F, or have other illness symptoms of the coronavirus as listed on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, website. Persons who develop any of these symptoms while on campus should leave and return to their local residence.

Students, employees and visitors may be directed by health officials to enter isolation or quarantine for health reasons and must follow the university’s isolation and quarantine guidance before returning to in-person university programs or activities.

Isolation due to COVID-19 infection

If you test positive for COVID-19, you’re required to isolate for at least five days. This includes any positive PCR or rapid antigen test.

Remain in isolation until the following criteria are met:

  • If symptomatic: Individuals must remain in isolation at least five days from symptom onset. You can discontinue isolation after five days if symptoms are resolving and you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • If asymptomatic: Individuals may discontinue self-isolation five days after the date of your first positive test.

After isolation:

  • You may resume normal activities, but for an additional five days, you must wear a well-fitting mask at all times when you are around others.
  • Repeated testing is not recommended or required at this time.

Quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure

  • If boosted/vaccinated: Individuals who have received a COVID-19 booster or have completed the primary series of the Moderna vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine within the last five months or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last two months do NOT need to quarantine but should wear a well-fitted mask at all times when around others for 10 days after the exposure.
  • If unvaccinated/unboosted: Unvaccinated individuals and those who are not yet boosted but are more than five months out from receiving their second dose of the Moderna vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine or two months out from receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are required to quarantine for five days. These individuals must also wear a well-fitted mask at all times when around others for an additional five days following the completion of their quarantine period.
  • If tested positive within the previous 90 days: Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within the past 90 days and subsequently recovered and are without symptoms do not need to quarantine or get tested after close contact. These individuals should wear a well-fitted mask around others at all times for 10 days from the date of last contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Regardless of vaccination status: If symptoms occur at any point during the 10 days following exposure, you should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms the symptoms are not due to COVID-19. Anyone exposed to COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should be tested five days after exposure. Testing can be done through a local health provider or home tests.

Quarantine due to travel

Students, employees, and visitors who are traveling or returning to Kansas from a high-risk area must quarantine according to Kansas Department of Health and Environment, or KDHE, travel and exposure guidance. Individuals subject to this quarantine will not attend in-person university programs or activities, including attending classes or returning to work. They should follow the self-quarantine guidance for care while at home provided by KDHE.

The university is following national, state and local guidance for its COVID-19 exposure, isolation and quarantine protocols. The university guidance has been updated to reflect recent isolation and quarantine changes announced by the CDC and KDHE.

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