Dec 31, 2021 11:32 AM

Health Department update on CDC guidelines

Posted Dec 31, 2021 11:32 AM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. ā€” The Reno County Health Department said Thursday that it is now following the revised CDC and KDHE approved isolation and quarantine guidelines. The new recommendations are for the general population, not for those who work in health care or other congregate settings.

 ā€¢       Those with lab-confirmed COVID-19 infections, regardless of vaccination status should stay home for 5 days. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days and you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications, you can leave your house. Individuals should continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

ā€¢       Boosted or fully-vaccinated individuals with Pfizer/Moderna within the last 6 months or Johnson & Johnson within the last 2 months who are close contacts of a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection do NOT have to stay home and should wear a mask around others for 10 days. If possible, individuals should get tested on day 5.

ā€¢       People who are unvaccinated OR have completed the primary series of Pfizer/Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR completed the primary series of Johnson & Johnson over 2 months ago and are not boosted who are close contacts of a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection should stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. If unable to quarantine, individuals must wear a mask for 10 days. If possible, individuals should get tested on day 5.

Active COVID-19 cases in Reno County are at 278 as of Thursday, Dec. 30. There are 45 reported cases of Omicron in Kansas, but none currently in Reno County. 

The Reno County Health Department is administering vaccines during normal operating hours. Walk-ins are accepted for those age 12 and over. Appointments are required for children aged 5-11. Call 620-694-2900 and select option 6 for scheduling. The vaccine is free to any Reno County resident, regardless of citizen status or insurance. Flu shots can also be administered at the same time as a COVID vaccine.

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