If You Have or Suspect COVID-19


On February 1, 2022, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) discontinued contact outreach and monitoring, also known as contact tracing, which notified close contacts exposed to COVID-19. Local Health Departments were already winding down contact tracing, and K-12 schools who were participating in contact tracing as part of a Test to Stay program may have temporarily suspend contact tracing as well. Local Health Departments may no longer issue written orders of quarantine or work release letters. For county specific information, please contact your Local Health Department

What to do if You Know or Suspect You Have COVID-19

Regardless of vaccination status, if you have tested positive for COVID-19, or if you are exhibiting symptoms or have been notified by a health care professional as having a suspected case of COVID-19, follow the guidance as detailed on this page:

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If you test positive for COVID-19, notify your close contacts up to 48 hours before symptoms or positive test occurred.

Si da positivo por COVID-19, notifique a sus contactos cercanos hasta 48 horas antes de que ocurran los síntomas o la prueba positiva. 

  1. Symptoms & When to Seek Care
  2. Contagiousness & Close Contacts
  3. Isolation
  4. Isolation Calculator

People at High Risk

For people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 infection, medications are available that can reduce your chances of severe illness and death. Don't delay. Seek testing and treatment early

What Are The Symptoms of COVID-19?

People report a wide range of symptoms, from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure, and anyone can have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status. Typical symptoms  include, but are not limited to:

  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention:

If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately, or upon experiencing any symptoms that are severe or concerning to you:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone