Additional Information for Employees
In light of the KCTCS universal masking requirement that is effective as of August 6, 2021, we have made a change to the quarantine protocols for individuals that have been exposed to someone that has tested positive to COVID-19 as noted below. These protocols are in alignment with CDC guidelines and recommendations and are subject to change at any time.
Quarantine Protocols Due to Exposure
Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet* of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated including booster.
People who are fully vaccinated including booster do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms.
*NOTE: For KCTCS the “within 6 feet” guideline should be used for anyone reporting a possible exposure off campus/outside of work. If the exposure is due to an on-campus exposure (i.e. a classroom or office area) then the determination for those that need to quarantine can be anyone that was within 3 feet of the positive case individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during that day. Your Healthy at Work Officer will make that determination.
What to do if you are NOT fully vaccinated
- Stay home for 10 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19 and monitor for symptoms.
- Watch for fever (100.4°F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
- If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.
Accommodating Health Department Guidance
Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine. Options they will consider include stopping quarantine
- After day 10 without testing
- After day 5 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later from exposure date)
As always, if you have questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact your Healthy at Work officer.