Yes. If you have been told to quarantine for 10 days, you must complete the quarantine even if you tested negative during that time. You cannot test out of quarantine.
If you test negative for COVID-19 you may not have been infected at the time your sample was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick.
The test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. You might test negative if the sample was collected too early in your infection and you could test positive later during your illness.
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If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people until it is safe to be around others. Please stay in your home unless you need to leave to seek medical care.
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others.
Find more info at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
10 days is the required quarantine time, adopted as of December 10, 2020.
A person who has had close contact with a positive patient is required to quarantine for 10 days. Close contacts are those exposed to a person with COVID-19, even if that person didn’t have symptoms if any of the following situations occurred:
Household contacts, or people who live with someone who tested positive, must be quarantined for 10 days after the case has been released from home isolation (because exposure is considered ongoing within the house unless they qualify for a modified concurrent quarantine timeline).
Patients may end their quarantine period after day 10 if they do not develop symptoms.
No, only the person who had close contact with a positive patient is required to quarantine.
You should stay away from the person in quarantine as much as possible, and avoid sharing sleeping quarters and bathrooms.
If symptoms develop, call the Riley County Screening line to speak with a nurse at 785-323-6400. The Screening Line is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Any person experiencing life-threatening symptoms should call 911.
*This list is not all possible symptoms. People should call a medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
KDHE says close contacts are those exposed to a person with COVID-19, even if that person didn’t have symptoms, if any of the following situations occurred:
Anyone who has close contact with a positive patient must complete a 10-day quarantine period beginning after their last contact. If you have been advised or notified you are a close contact of an individual and have not been contacted by the Health Department, please reach out to the Riley County Contact Tracing Team at 785-565-6558, or email [email protected]
Household contacts, or people who live with someone who tested positive, must be quarantined for 10 days after the case has been released from home isolation (because exposure is considered ongoing within the house).