The purpose of this document is to help the community understand different terminology and scenarios involving CoVID-19. Due to the ever-changing nature of the situation, when updates occur, this document will be updated.

Isolation – Keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for CoVID-19 away from others, even in their own home.
Quarantine – Keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has CoVID-19 away from others.
Close Contact – Having been within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes of a person who is positive for CoVID-19. Examples: riding in car, sitting at dinner table, watching a movie on the same couch.  14 days mandatory quarantine from last time with positive case.

  • **While research indicates masks may help in limiting transmission, the degree of protection, if any, will depend on the type of mask used and if the mask was used properly and consistently during exposure to a symptomatic or asymptomatic person with COVID-19. Therefore, the determination of close contact should be made irrespective of whether the person with COVID-19 or the contact was wearing a mask. Because the general public has not received training on proper selection and use of respiratory PPE, it cannot be certain whether respiratory PPE worn during contact with an individual with COVID-19 infection protected them from exposure. Therefore, the determination of close contact should generally be made irrespective of whether the contact, or the case, was wearing respiratory PPE, which is recommended for health care personnel and other trained users, or a mask recommended for the general public.

Household Contact - Persons living in the house with positive, 24 days mandatory quarantine minimum, can change depending on the disposition of the positive case or if anyone else in household becomes positive.
Person Under Investigation (PUI) - A Person Under Investigation (PUI) is someone who is suspected of having COVID-19 disease because of symptoms or exposure (travel-related or exposure to a known case). A person who is being tested for COVID-19 because they are suspected of having the disease is required to be in isolation until test results are received.


How long is my quarantine if I’m exposed to a case of COVID-19? 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.
What happens if I develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while I am in quarantine?

Symptoms of COVID-19 include a measured fever of 100.4' (F) or higher and lower respiratory symptoms like coughing or shortness of breath.
 If the symptoms you develop during your 14-day quarantine are mild and you normally would not seek healthcare, stay home for:
• 10 days from the onset of symptoms, OR
 • 72 hours after fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medication AND there has been a significant improvement in symptoms;
If you have shortness of breath and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 while traveling. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive. If you have a question about getting tested for COVID-19, call your health care provider or your local health department 785-448-6559. If you have general questions, contact your local county health department, or KDHE at 877-427-7317.
If I develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while I am in quarantine, and my test comes back negative, do I still need to finish out my 14-day quarantine?
Yes, you will need to finish your 14-day quarantine. A negative test result does not allow a patient to end quarantine early.
Do I need to be in isolation if I am waiting for test results?
Yes, if you are considered a Person Under Investigation
• A Person Under Investigation (PUI) is someone who is suspected of having COVID-19 disease because of symptoms or exposure (travel-related or exposure to a known case). A person who is being tested for COVID-19 because they are suspected of having the disease is required to be in isolation until test results are received.
 No, if you are being tested for another purpose, such as a test before surgery (i.e. pre-operative screening test) you are not required to isolate while waiting for results.
Possible outcomes of the test result include:
• If the test result is positive, then the person becomes a case or
• If the test result is negative and the person has a known exposure (travel-related or exposure to a known case), then the person must finish their quarantine period, or
• If the test result is negative and there was no known exposure, then the person is released from isolation.

  Positive case:  10 days mandatory isolation minimum, can extend depending on symptoms
Who has the authority to issue and enforce isolation and quarantine orders?
Each county’s local Health Officer, as well as the Kansas State Health Officer, Dr. Lee Norman, has the authority to issue isolation and quarantine orders. For the most part, people will isolate and quarantine themselves without written orders. However, if someone violates a mandatory isolation or quarantine, a written order may be needed. Local law enforcement may be enlisted to help enforce an isolation or quarantine order.

These guidelines are up to date as of October 23, 2020.

Additional information can be found at

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) :


Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Departments, Garnett/Anderson County:


Anderson County Emergency Management: 




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  PLEASE NOTE: The Anderson County Commission voted 2-1 to opt out of this executive order during the November 23, 2020 Commission Meeting. However, it is still highly recommended by the Board of County Commissioners to wear face masks when you are unable to social distance.

Covid-19 Vaccine doses given as of May 3, 2021:

Allen County - 3,280    Anderson County - 1,620

Bourbon County - 2,434  Woodson County - 940

Anderson County Coronavirus (CoVID-19) Fact Sheet Released...

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Links to Covid-19 Resources for this Area:

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​​​LATEST COVID-19 SUMMARY- 09.13.21

Inforomation provided by SEK Multi-County Health Department.



The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has created a Q&A resource to help you after you've "got the shot".  Anderson County Emergency Management has this information and ask that we share with you:

How long am I considered immune if I had COVID-19 vaccine? Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

• Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)

• Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

As an exception to the above guidance, vaccinated inpatients and residents in healthcare settings should continue to quarantine following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19; outpatients should be cared for using appropriate transmission-based precautions. This exception is due to the unknown vaccine effectiveness in this population, the higher risk of severe disease and death, and challenges with social distancing in healthcare settings. If the exposed person becomes symptomatic, they should be tested via PCR or antigen test. If they had natural disease recently, meaning they had COVID-19 disease in the last few months, an antigen test within the first 5 to 7 days from symptom onset (depending on the EUA for the test they are using) is preferred. Receiving the vaccine does not affect the results of a PCR or antigen test, only an antibody test. Please click the button above for more guidance.

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Current Cases in Anderson County -                30

​Current Hospitalizations in Anderson County     0

Total Hospitalizations in Anderson County        42

​Total Deaths of Anderson County Residents    21

Total Recoveries in Anderson County -           978

Total Positive Cases in Anderson County    1,008

Total Negative Tests in Anderson County       N/A

Total Negative Tests in Kansas             1,259,777

Total Positive Cases in Kansas                390,031

Total Hospitalizations in Kansas                13,195

Kansans Lost to COVID-19                         5,773

Information for Anderson County may differ from KDHE reporting. Anderson County information is obtained from County Health Officer.