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KDHE COVID-19 travel quarantine adds 3 countries, removes a state

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has updated its COVID-19 travel quarantine list. The new update removes Louisiana and adds three countries — French Polynesia, Georgia and Guadeloupe. The KDHE also removed Fiji and Isle of Man from the list.

Individuals who need to quarantine include visitors and Kansans who have:

  • Traveled on or after July 29 to Martinique
  • Traveled on or after Aug. 27 to French Polynesia, Georgia or Guadeloupe
  • Traveled between Aug. 13 to Aug. 27 to Louisiana
  • Traveled between July 29 and Aug. 27 to Isle of Man
  • Traveled between July 15 and Aug. 27 to Fiji
  • Attendance at any out-of-state or in-state mass gatherings of 500 or more where individuals do not socially distance (6 feet) and wear a mask
  • Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15, 2020

The quarantine period is seven days with a negative test result or 10 days without testing, with release from quarantine on Day 8 and Day 11, respectively. Further information on quarantine periods can be found on KDHE’s website.

For those traveling internationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires testing within three days of flights into the U.S. For further information on this and other requirements, visit their website.

Those who are fully vaccinated (meaning it has been greater than two weeks since they completed their vaccinations) are not required to quarantine regarding travel or mass gatherings if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (more than two weeks since completing vaccination)
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the travel

People who do not meet the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance for travel or mass gatherings.

Additionally, people with previous COVID-19 disease are not required to quarantine following travel if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have evidence of a previous infection supported by a positive PCR or antigen test
  • Are within 6 months following infection. If an investigation was done documenting the date that symptoms resolved, or the date isolation measures were discontinued for asymptomatic patients, then the 6-month period can start from that end date. If those dates are not available, then the period will start from the date of the positive laboratory test. A serology or antibody test may not be substituted for a laboratory report of a viral diagnostic test.
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the travel

People who do not meet all three of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance for travel.

The travel quarantine list is determined using a formula to evaluate new cases over a two-week period, then 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. Locations with significantly higher rates — approximately 3x higher — are added to the list.

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