Kansas changes COVID-19 rules amid rising cases

On Tuesday, the Marion County Health Department announced that there were two new lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases identified in Marion County.

The cases were placed in isolation and contact tracing began immediately with close contacts also being placed in quarantine. A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for 10 minutes or longer.

The Marion County Health Department is working with KDHE and has been monitoring the individuals placed in isolation and quarantine. No further information about the patients has been or will be released.

Just a reminder as Marion County again has cases and the number of cases continues to rise in the state of Kansas, please follow social distancing and infection control measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19”. These measures include:

n Stay home when sick

n Practice social distancing

n Practice thorough hand-washing with soap and water or hand sanitizer

n Wear a mask in public

Also, due to the rise in cases, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added three states to the quarantine list: Alabama, Arizona and Arkansas. This is effective for persons returning June 17 and moving forward. The state will review/update this list on July 1.

A comprehensive list of those individuals in Kansas needing to quarantine for 14 days includes those who have:

Traveled to:

• Maryland on or after May 12.

• Alabama, Arizona and Arkansas on or after June 17.

• Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.

• International travel on or after March 15.

Others needing to continue quarantining:

• Received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.

Please note these quarantine orders do not apply to critical infrastructure sectors needed to continue operations during this pandemic. Public health, including hospitals, clinics, law enforcement, meatpacking supply, etc. need to have the staffing resources to continue serving Kansans. While KDHE strongly recommends these quarantine restrictions for everyone, we do recognize that services need to continue. KDHE encourages facilities to ensure they have updated their Emergency Preparedness Plans and implement protocols to ensure that no employee comes to work symptomatic.

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