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You can contact Child Care Aware of Kansas at 1-877-678-2548 if you need help finding licensed child care options. Additionally, the following child care arrangements do not require a license from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE):
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is currently recommending that child care operations continue operating at this time. However, local health officers may choose to make more stringent guidelines for local communities, up to and including mandatory closures. Childcare providers should be in close contact with their county health department to stay up to date with the latest guidance. Child care facilities may voluntarily choose to close for a period of time. KDHE Child Care Licensing will not issue blanket exceptions to increase capacity or eliminate other health or safety requirements. Child care facilities may not operate at alternate locations without a temporary license. Existing child care facilities must continue to operate within the terms of their license and comply with requirements.
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Yes. Strong practices for screening for signs and symptoms of illness, exclusion policies, and increased sanitation are essential. These provisions are in place in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When enrolling new children and hiring new staff, screen by asking appropriate questions. At a minimum, consider the following:
Yes. To reduce the number of individuals touching serving dishes and utensils it is permissible to temporarily discontinue the practice of children passing and serving themselves. Staff should continue to sit with children during meals and encourage socialization.
While the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) supports continued child care operations, the Department recognizes that some licensees may make the difficult decision to temporarily close. Factors to consider include:
KDHE requests that licensees notify their local licensing surveyor when temporarily closing their facility and to let the surveyor know when the facility re-opens.
Updated: April 3, 2020
No. In the absence of more restrictive guidance from the state or local public health officer to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you are not required to close. However, you may choose to close based on your specific situation as stated above. Licensees are encouraged to remain in close communication with their local public health department as situations regarding COVID-19 are changing frequently. For additional information, refer to the Interim Guidance for Child Care Facilities licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Yes, please complete the short survey available on the KDHE Child Care Licensing homepage to notify KDHE of the temporary closure and provide this update to your local licensing surveyor. Be sure to complete the reopen survey, also available on the KDHE Child Care Licensing homepage, and notify your local licensing surveyor when you reopen.
Yes, you may renew your license. We strongly recommend renewing at this time to prevent future delays. KDHE staff are available to process applications and to issue renewal licenses.
Added: April 13, 2020
To support licensees facing economic or other obstacles, Governor Kelly issued Executive Order (EO) 20-19 on April 9, 2020. Renewal dates are extended under the provisions of the order. A license that was effective and in good standing as of March 12, 2020, and that has expired or will expire during the COVID-19 State Disaster Emergency shall remain valid until 90 days following termination of the emergency declaration (date not yet determined). Licensees experiencing hardship may delay submitting a renewal application for up to 90 days following the end of the Governor’s emergency declaration. For those that are able to submit a renewal application, thank you. This helps KDHE staff accurately report out on the number of facilities and will help to reduce the backlog of renewals to be processed following termination of the emergency declaration.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) continues to request initial surveys and issue licenses. KDHE has the authority to issue a second temporary permit when deemed necessary. If more time is needed to complete the initial survey, a second temporary permit will be issued. Pursuant to EO 20-19 the second temporary permit will remain effective until an initial survey is completed and a license is issued or for 90 days following termination of the emergency declaration (date not yet determined), whichever comes first.
If a licensed facility is located in a school building that is currently closed, you will need approval from the school district and the local public health officer in order to continue operating at that location. Programs are only authorized to operate at the location printed on the license.
We recognize that in some areas access to certain foods and supplies continues to be an issue. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has been working with our statewide partners to identify needs and troubleshoot solutions. Many communities are already addressing the problem locally through partnerships with local public health and emergency managers. Start by contacting your local licensing surveyor and resource and referral agency to see if they can assist you in connecting with local resources. Your local school district may also be able to connect you. The response to these needs may vary by community.
There are no waivers or exceptions to processes or regulations in place related to the COVID-19 response. This includes issuing temporary licenses for an existing facility to operate in an alternate location.
KDHE has not set enrollment criteria beyond what is permitted by regulation and under the terms of your license. It is important to keep in mind that local health officials have the authority to apply more restrictions to child care operations (e.g., who can be served, group size, etc.) than the state/KDHE when not otherwise stated in an Executive Order.
The total capacity, as stated on the license, is the maximum number of children that may be present at the facility at one time. Licensees may further limit the number of children based on their own unique situation and ability to meet the health and safety needs of the children in care.
In the absence of more restrictive guidance from state or local health officials, new enrollment is permitted in accordance to the terms of the current license (ages of children, group sizes, total capacity, etc.).
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is not putting limits on group size for child care because the Governor’s Executive Orders have exempted child care from these requirements. In the absence of more restrictive guidance from state or county public health officials, facilities may continue to operate within the terms of the current license. Local health officials may enforce more restrictive requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
As a public health matter and in order to meet goals to reduce the spread of infection, following foundational health and safety requirements are protective measures for all--child care providers/staff, the children in care, and families (caregiver’s and children’s). For this reason, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will not be granting exceptions to exceed license capacity or eliminate other health and safety requirements related to COVID-19 response.
In the absence of more restrictive guidance from state or local health officials, the provisions of the existing regulation (K.A.R. 28-4-114(j)(2)) apply. In addition to the number of children permitted under the terms of the license, K.A.R. 28-4-114(j) authorizes two additional school age children to be present full days during scheduled or emergency school closures. As authorized by the regulation, two additional school age children may be present in the licensed day care home/group day care home if a school district adopts a hybrid attendance model (part time in the classroom/part time remote learning) or a fully remote learning environment model during the 2020-2021 school year.
Licensees must continue to submit the necessary request for background checks for individuals working, regularly volunteering, or residing in the facility. KDHE staff are working and affiliate names are being processed. Currently, all affiliate names are undergoing name-based records checks. This process is similar to the KDHE requirements prior to June of 2018. Name-based records checks include Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) Kansas adult criminal and juvenile adjudications, Kansas sex offender registry, and the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) child abuse and neglect registry.NOTE: For affiliates requiring comprehensive fingerprint-based checks, the automatic NORPLY email with the OCA numbers will continue to be sent. KDHE expects fingerprints to be completed within 90 days from the date the state of emergency is lifted (date not yet determined). However, for now licensees may disregard the “14-day requirement” that is stated in the OCA email. Please keep a record of the OCA number on file; it will be needed once fingerprinting resumes.
Individuals who have lived outside of Kansas within the last five years will need to submit the necessary out-of-state request forms available on the KDHE Child Care Licensing Program website.
During the COVID-19 State Disaster Emergency, individuals may begin working once the request for background checks has been submitted to KDHE.
Updated: April 14, 2020
New prints are required if staff previously working for school districts are transitioning to work in licensed child care facilities. The reason for this is that background check information cannot be shared between agencies or businesses (in this case, school and child care) and each may have specific prohibitions mandated by law. Keep in mind that individuals transferring from one licensed child care facility to another licensed facility would not need to be fingerprinted if they had previously passed a fingerprint-based background check.
Yes. To accommodate the needs of parents, effective August 10, 2020 licensed school age programs may permit children attending kindergarten this fall to attend their program prior to the official start of the school year. Licensed capacity and staff/child ratios must be maintained at all times. At the start of the 2020-2021 school year, school age programs must revert to the terms of their current license.
Yes. Children may remain in the preschool unit until the start of the school year provided that the unit capacity and staff/child ratios are met. As an alternative, effective August 10, 2020 centers with units for kindergarten enrollees or school age units may transition children scheduled to attend school this fall to the next appropriate unit. Licensed capacity and staff/child ratios must be maintained at all times. At the start of the 2020-2021 school year, child care centers must revert to the terms of their current license.
Many training partners, including Child Care Aware of Kansas and Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities, are offering KDHE-approved initial health and safety training online. However, if face to face training is necessary, pursuant to EO 20-19 licensees and staff will have up to 90 days following the termination of the emergency declaration (date to be determined) to complete the initial professional development hours required to obtain a license.
KDHE understands that all classroom trainings have been cancelled. Please take the First Aid and CPR training as soon as it is offered. KDHE will not hold the licensee accountable for training that isn’t available. Pursuant to EO 20-19 licensees and staff will have up to 90 days following the termination of the emergency declaration (date to be determined) to complete the trainings.
Updated: April 13, 2020
Yes. In response to this outbreak, you may adopt social distancing practices intended to limit exposure to COVID-19. This may include asking parents to wait at the door or otherwise limit movement within the licensed premises.
Note: Be sure that all parents are aware of your practice/procedure and that you apply the practice uniformly across all families. For additional information, please see the comprehensive guidance for licensed child care facilities.
Many training partners offer KDHE-approved professional development training online. However, pursuant to EO 20-19 licensees and staff will have 90 days following the termination of the emergency declaration (date to be determined) to complete the annual professional development/in-service training hours required to renew the license.
Note: Be sure to remain current on the KDHE recommendations for screening as well as quarantine and isolation of travelers, continuously updated on the COVID-19 Resource Center. Additional information related to screening for symptoms of illness information is included in the Interim Guidance for Child Care Facilities on the COVID-19 (PDF). Additional information pertaining to isolation, quarantine, and travel is also available via our Isolation & Quarantine FAQs. Information about travel guidelines is also available through our Isolation & Quarantine Toolkit.
Screen children and staff for signs and symptoms as outlined above before daily admittance and monitor health throughout the day. In addition to asking the questions above, observe children and staff for signs of illness and check for fever. For more information, review the guidance for licensed child care facilities available on the COVID-19 Resource Microsite (https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/) under the Child Care and Foster Care tab.
In the absence of more restrictive guidance from state or county public health officials, there is nothing special a facility needs to do if children from other counties with confirmed cases are receiving care in a facility or if children being served are those of health care/emergency workers. The same guidance for screening for signs and symptoms of illness and exclusion apply.
First, review and update your current policies for the exclusion of sick children and staff as necessary. Determine how screenings will be conducted prior to entry and how health will be monitored throughout the day. Make sure that parents of children in care and staff are aware and follow the policies.
a fever greater than 100.4 degrees (F)
shortness of breath
sudden loss of smell or taste
other signs of illness (headache, sore throat, general aches/pains, fatigue/weakness/extreme exhaustion)
Current information about when individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should stay home is available on the COVID-19 Resource Microsite and on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html.
Updated: April 24, 2020
Immediately notify the local health department and your local licensing surveyor if someone who is infected (child, staff or resident of family child care home) has been in the licensed facility. The local health department will help determine a course of action for the facility.
To reduce the spread of illnesses, including COVID-19, it is important to intensify cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and frequently touched items, including but not limited to doorknobs, handrails, toys, and other shared items. In addition to the guidance for licensed child care facilities available on the COVID-19 Resource Center, Caring for Our Children, National Health and Safety Performance Standards has nationally recognized standards for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfection of child care facilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has detailed information and a list of EPA products is available on the EPA website. When choosing products be sure to read the label and carefully follow directions.
Yes, diluted bleach may be used. However, before purchasing bleach or a bleach product read the label. Some bleaches, for example Splash-less®, are only intended for laundry use, not for sanitizing or disinfecting.
Refer parents to the Child Care Aware website or toll-free number 877-678-2548 for assistance with searching for child care in their area. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has online information system that serves as a tool to support families in making informed child care choices and can be used to review compliance history of a current or potential child care provider. The online tool is an important step to verifying that a facility is licensed and provides compliance history for parents and guardians.
Providers are individual operators/licensees and set their own rates and policies regarding fee payments. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and local public health officials have no authority to set rates or limits on fees.
Recent federal legislation, the CARES Act, provides several forms of economic relief for small businesses, including child care.
Please contact your DCF Provider Enrollment staff or call 1-822-765-2003.
The CACFP program utilized by many licensed child care facilities is administered through the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). Current information about the program, including guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, is available on the CACFP website.
For more information about local licensing contacts, visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Child Care Licensing website and click on Local County Contacts.
There are no waivers or exceptions to processes or regulations in place related to COVID-19 response. This includes issuing a temporary license. For more information about applying to become licensed, contact your local licensing surveyor to start the process. For more information about local licensing contacts, visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Child Care Licensing website and click on Local County Contacts.
Note: A license is not required for:
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) website has guidance for people who visit homes regularly for a living. It includes how to assess the situation before going into the home and reassessing once in the home.
Review Guidance for Workers Who Go Into Homes (PDF).
KDHE is still approving licensures for daycares in Kansas. Home-based daycares frequently have ten or fewer kids, so are still in line with KDHE guidance for social distancing. We are working with daycare and childcare centers that have more than ten children to make sure that they are following proper protocols for the safety of the families and teachers involved. All daycares should take extra precautions to prevent the spread of illness, and children who exhibit any symptoms of illness should stay home.
You can call Child Care Aware of Kansas and they can help you find a licensed facility. The phone number is 1-877-678-2548.
County health officers have the authority to enforce quarantine orders in their county. If you are concerned about work environment, you should contact your county health department, who can put you in touch with your county health officer.
If you are not working or working reduced hours due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program was established to protect those who are unemployed due to no fault of their own. It is designed to be a short-term assistance program and may be able to help those whose employment has been adversely impacted by COVID-19. Contact the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) in your area with questions or to get more information on the KDOL website.
All questions regarding unemployment need to be directed to the Kansas Department of Labor.
Yes. Spanish materials that can be handed out to consumers are now availableon our website.
You can use this chart (PDF) when people talk about their symptoms.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) website has a map that is regularly updated that gives a variety of data regarding COVID-19 in Kansas.
Do not use surgical masks or N95 masks. These masks are considered specialized personal protective equipment (PPE) and should be reserved for first responders and health care workers to protect from serious injuries or illnesses while doing their jobs. If you have supplies of PPE, consider donating them.
Homemade masks are NOT meant to replace proven public health strategies like staying home, social distancing and practicing good hygiene, which are all still the best ways to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. If used correctly, masks are simply another tool to help people who may have the virus -- but don’t know it -- from transmitting it to others.
To use a homemade mask safely and effectively, remember this helpful acronym: M.A.S.K.M = Multi-layered, tightly-woven 100% cotton --180+ thread count. Don’t buy surgical or N95 masks.A = Avoid your face. Never touch the front of the mask. Always remove it from behind your head.S = Scrap it if it’s damaged, soiled or doesn’t fit. Make sure it’s breathable and fits snug. Don’t use while it’s damp, wet or dirty.K = Keep the mask and your hands clean. Wash your hands before and after use. Wash or dispose the mask after every use.
Learn how to make a mask.
Learn about children and masks.
There is very little information at this stage, so we do not currently know if pregnant women are at greater risk of getting COVID-19. We do know that pregnant women experience changes in their bodies that may increase their risk for contracting some infections. We also know that pregnant women have had a higher risk of developing severe illness with viruses from the same family as COVID-19 and other viral respiratory infections such as influenza. Therefore, it is important for pregnant women to take extra precautions to protect themselves from illness and talk with their doctor.
There is not enough information, research, or literature to definitively answer the question as to whether COVID-19 can cause problems during pregnancy. We also do not know if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her baby during pregnancy or delivery. There have been a very small number of newborns who have tested positive after being born to a mother with COVID-19, but due to an extremely small number of cases, studies still have not determined when the newborn became infected with the virus. It is unclear if it occurred in the womb, during the birthing process, or immediately after birth. The virus has not been found in samples of amniotic fluid, umbilical cord blood or breastmilk. It is critical that appropriate precautions are taken after delivery to prevent the spread of the virus from the mother to the infant. At this time, experts say there is no need to change the timing or method (cesarean vs. vaginal) of delivery to decrease the risk of spread to the infant. Overall, babies seem to do fairly well, with mild symptoms and good outcomes, although a limited study has shown infants to have a higher rate of severe disease than older children. In the rare case of infant death, it has not been determined if it was due to the virus or other underlying (original, or already existing) conditions.
Updated: April 30, 2020
Yes. Breast milk provides protection against many illnesses and is the best source of nutrition for most infants. Breastfed infants are generally less likely to have severe respiratory symptoms if they get sick. Breastfeeding is good for moms, releasing hormones during breastfeeding that promote wellness and can relieve stress and anxiety. Breast milk is readily available, and especially important during emergencies. In limited studies on women with COVID-19 and another coronavirus infection, the virus has not been detected in breastmilk. For moms who are infected with COVID-19, breastfeeding directly and pumping breast milk to be fed via bottle by an uninfected caregiver are both options for providing the best nutrition (breast milk) to babies. COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close contact, mainly through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Therefore, if the person feeding the baby by breast or bottle is COVID+, he/she should wear a face mask or mouth/nose covering and wash their hands before each feeding, as well as during breast milk pumping and/or any bottle preparation, to reduce the risk of transmission. All bottle, breast pump parts and supplies should be cleaned thoroughly following CDC guidelines. For more information please review resources about COVID-19 and breastfeeding provided by the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition. As always, it is important to talk with your doctor and a breastfeeding support professional to weigh the risks and benefits and help determine what is best in an individual situation.
Updated: April 30, 20
The following is guidance on how to prevent the spread:
Wear masks or cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2 due to risk of suffocation and strangulation.
Symptoms of pregnancy and postpartum related complications should always be communicated to your provider immediately. See this video on the importance of staying in communication with your provider regarding concerns with your baby’s well-being during pregnancy. Related to COVID-19 concerns, call right away if you experience a fever of 100.4 or greater, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
Continuing to see your provider throughout your pregnancy and in the postpartum period is the number one way to ensure that both you and your baby are healthy and doing well. Some providers may choose alternative options for routine check-ups for low-risk patients, such as altering the frequency or method of appointments (for example, offering appointments virtually via telehealth). Make sure that your contact information, including phone number and email, are always up-to-date with your healthcare providers so these changes can be communicated to you timely and easily.
It’s hard to predict how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact your labor and delivery experience, but be prepared for possible changes, such as shorter hospital stays and limitations on visitors and/or support persons. Although this may cause feelings of being anxious or scared, you can be reassured that there will be continuous support from a labor nurse. Your doctor and local birth center can keep you up-to-date on changes to normal procedures. Although the COVID-19 pandemic may change the labor and birth experience you planned for, it will continue to be special and memorable in so many ways.
As a KanCare beneficiary during your pregnancy, your coverage will extend beyond the typical coverage period of 60-days postpartum, until the end of the month in which the COVID-19 emergency period ends. Make sure that your contact information, including phone number and email, are always up-to-date with your KanCare provider so any changes in your benefits can be communicated to you easily.
Good hygiene (handwashing) and social distancing are the most effective ways to keep your infant safe from communicable diseases such as COVID-19. All caregivers should be reminded to wash hands thoroughly before touching bottles and other feeding supplies, and before feeding or caring for an infant or child. Continuing to follow all public health recommendations, lining up a symptom-free support person to help drop off supplies, and connecting with friends and family virtually (phone, text, FaceTime, social media) will limit the exposure of the virus/disease to you and your family. While screen time is typically not recommended for infants, connecting to loved ones via video chatting such as FaceTime is considered safe in limited amounts.
Ways of keeping your children safe:• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.• Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when handwashing is unavailable.• Reduce close contact with others by practicing social distancing. Limit public exposure and avoid unnecessary public contact.• If going out with the child is essential:o Cover the infant carrier (NOT THE INFANT) with a light-weight blanket, which helps protect the baby, but still gives them the ability to breathe comfortably.o Make the trip and time of coverage as brief as possible.o Do not leave the blanket on the carrier in the car or at any time when the baby and carrier are not in direct view by an adult caregiver.o Children only over the age of 2 should wear a mask or cloth face covering.• Keep your children away from others who are sick and keep them home if they are sick.• Teach kids to cough and sneeze into a tissue or their arm or elbow, not their hands.• Clean commonly used surfaces regularly with disinfectant. Clean commonly touched surfaces (e.g., countertops, tables, doorknobs) regularly with disinfectant.• Wash stuffed animals or other plush toys in the warmest water possible, being sure to dry them completely.• Teach children to avoid touching face.• Follow local and state guidance on travel and stay-at-home restrictions.
Yes. It is important to continue with regularly scheduled pediatric appointments and to continue with vaccinations as scheduled. These efforts will help protect your baby/child from other illnesses and will assure your baby/child grows and develops properly. Some providers may choose alternative options for routine check-ups for low-risk patients, such as altering the frequency or method of appointments (for example, offering appointments virtually via telehealth), or providing well-child and sick-child care at different times of the day or in separate spaces. Make sure that your contact information, including phone number and email, are always up-to-date with your healthcare providers so these changes can be communicated to you timely and easily.
If you have COVID-19 or are suspected of having COVID-19, staying in a different room from your baby is the safest way to keep your newborn healthy. A healthy caregiver should take care of the baby and can feed expressed breast milk. If you and your family decide to keep your baby in the same room as you, keep a distance of at least 6 feet from your baby when possible. When closer than 6 feet, wear a mask and make sure your hands are clean. Be sure not to touch the front of the mask, and change out the mask when it is damp. You can stop isolating yourself from your baby once you are fever-free without use of fever medicines (acetaminophen or ibuprofen) for at least 72 hours; when your other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving; and when at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms started.
Monitor for fever and call your baby’s provider if he/she has a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, even if there are no other symptoms. Other symptoms to be aware and to report to your provider include:
Because the prenatal and postpartum periods are a very vulnerable time in families’ lives, it is important to stay connected with support services in your community. Most resources and support services, such as WIC, home visiting and mental health services, continue to be available. These services may be offered through alternative methods, such as telephonic or virtual options; therefore, it is important to stay informed through local communication (e.g., contacting the service provider/agency, visiting their website, social media, local newspapers, and radio stations) and keeping your contact information up-to-date with all service providers
Our Travel-Related Quarantine page provides details on when quarantine is required and how to do it. Quarantine applies to both Kansas residents and visitors, and it begins the day after you arrive in Kansas.
Those under 14-day home quarantine should not attend school, work or any setting where a 6-foot distance from other people can’t be maintained.
While at home:• Use a symptoms log to monitor your symptoms for fever, cough or trouble breathing. If symptoms develop, notify your local health department.• If you need to seek medical attention: Call ahead and tell your doctor about recent travel or if you have been otherwise exposed to COVID-19. Wear a facemask to prevent further spread.• Consider wearing a facemask while at home because both asymptomatic and symptomatic people can spread the virus and wearing a facemask may help protect the people you live with.• If possible, separate yourself from other people in your home. Stay in a different room and use a separate bathroom, if available.• Cough or sneeze into the fold of your elbow. Alternatively, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.• Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day, including counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions.
No. If your travel was only to the airport (for example, a layover), you do not need to follow the quarantine orders. If you left the airport for any period of time, you would be subject to the 14-day quarantine
Traveling increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) cannot tell you whether or not you should cancel your trip; however, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all people postpone or cancel non-essential travel and avoid prolonged exposure to large groups of people. Be aware that individuals who travel outside the United States or to certain states with the U.S., may be expected to quarantine for at least 14 days upon arrival in Kansas. Anyone who chooses to travel at this time may face travel delays or quarantines when trying to get back into the state and may not be able to return to their daily life immediately upon return.
Only the individuals who have traveled are required to fulfill the quarantine period. Household members who live with them should practice social distancing from those quarantined individuals but are not quarantined themselves.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is constantly evaluating whether or not other locations need to be added to the list of travel-based quarantines. A variety of factors are used to determine this list, but is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance of community transmission. A formula is used to evaluate new cases over a two-week period, then it is adjusted for population size to provide a case rate per 100,000 population. This provides a number that can then be compared to the rate in Kansas. States with significantly higher rates -- approximately 3x higher -- are added to the list.
The Ad Astra: Plan to Reopen Kansas can be found on our website or on the Kansas Covid-19 Response & Recovery website.
Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Plan to Reopen Kansas on our website or on the Kansas Covid-19 Response & Recovery website.
With more testing supplies available in Kansas, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is encouraging providers to begin testing anyone who is symptomatic.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
(without an alternate more likely diagnosis)
More information on symptoms and the definition of Person Under Investigation can be found here.
If testing is done through KDHE, the person needs to have two or more symptoms. If testing is being done through private labs, we encourage testing of those having one or more symptoms.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) does not charge for testing. However, providers may assess collection fees and private labs may assess charges. You should check with your provider for information concerning any tests.
We are aware that the following are testing in Kansas:
The time it takes to complete a sample can depend on a number of factors. The test itself takes between 4 to 6 hours to complete, but there are pre-testing procedures that must take place. Additionally, the method of transport of the sample to the lab will also determine how long it takes to complete the test. Patients awaiting test results should stay in contact with the healthcare provider who took the sample regarding the results. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) cannot release results to anyone via email or over the phone.
Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 who believe they need to be tested should contact their healthcare provider or doctor to be evaluated. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) cannot provide medical evaluation or provide direct testing; KDHE will only accept test requests from healthcare providers or local health departments. Only those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will be tested.
If you were recently tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for your results, you should contact your healthcare provider. The test results will be sent to them and they will give them to you. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) cannot release the results to you over the phone due to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) restrictions. The test can take up to 3 days to get results back. Your provider can log into EpiTrax to view the results faster than waiting for notification from KDHE.
Our Travel-Related Quarantine page provides details on when travel-related quarantine is required and how long to quarantine yourself.
Visit our Countries / States Included in Quarantine page to learn how the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) determines what countries or states are included in the list of areas that require travel-related quarantine.
Our Travel-Related Quarantine List page contains information as to how often the list is maintained and how often it is updated.
To learn what to do if you are quarantine for travel-related exposure, visit our Quarantine for Travel-Related Exposure page.
A travel-related quarantine is 14 days, starting the day after you arrive in or return to Kansas. Learn more.
See what steps to take if you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on our If You Develop Symptoms in Quarantine page.
A negative test result does not allow a patient to end quarantine early. You would still need to complete the remaining days of your quarantine.
For information about when a quarantine would be recommended visit our Recommendations for Exposure to a Case page.
Learn what steps to take if you are in quarantine for exposure to a case on our What to Do if in Quarantine for Exposure page.
An exposure to a case-related quarantine is for 14 days, starting with the day after your last contact with the case. If you do not develop symptoms of COVID-19 during your quarantine period, then you are released from quarantine at the end of the 14 days.
Find information on what to do if you develop symptoms while in quarantine on our Developing Symptoms While in Quarantine page.
If your symptoms are not severe enough to be hospitalized, it may be appropriate for you to isolate at home. Learn more.
Find information on what to do if you are in isolation due to being a lab-confirmed case on our Isolation for Lab-Confirmed Cases page.
Lab-confirmed cases, including healthcare, public health, and law enforcement workers must be isolated in the same manner as any other lab-confirmed case. See Isolation for Lab-Confirmed Cases for determining if home isolation is recommended and find tips to assist.
Each county’s Local Health Officer, as well as State Health Officer Dr. Lee Norman, has the authority to issue isolation and quarantine orders. Learn more.