By William

MCPHERSON – The McPherson County Health Department and Director Shalei Shea has released an update on information regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 Vaccine quarantine and practices after the Centers of Disease and Prevention (CDC) released similar recommendations.

The McPherson County Health Department will also adopt this guidance for McPherson County.

ISOLATION and QUARANTINE:

  • If you are exposed to someone with suspect or confirmed Coronavirus/COVID-19, you are not required to quarantine if you MEET ALL of the following points:
  • > > > If you have been fully vaccinated with the Coronarvirus/COVID-19 vaccine for at least two (2) weeks (2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series like Moderna and Pfizer, or 2 weeks after the first dose in a single-dose vaccine like with Johnson & Johnson).
  • > > > If you are within six (6) months of receiving your last dose in the vaccine series.
  • > > > If you are not having any symptoms since the identified Coronavirus/COVID-19 exposure.
  • If you DO NOT MEET ALL OF THE ABOVE points, you should follow normal quarantine guidance, which includes a 10-day quarantine from date of exposure.
  • If you MEET ALL OF THE ABOVE points but then become symptomatic, you should immediately isolate and seek PCR or antigen Coronavirus/COVID-19 testing.
  • Vaccinated inpatients and residents in healthcare settings/long term care facilities are exempt from this fully vaccinated exemption due to unknown vaccine effectiveness in this population, the higher risk of severe disease and death, and challenges with distancing in these settings.

GATHERINGS:

If you are fully vaccinated with the Coronavirus/COVID-19 vaccine (2 weeks after the second dose in the 2-dose series like Moderna and Pfizer, or 2 weeks after the first dose in a single-dose vaccine like with Johnson & Johnson) you may practice the following:

  • When you ARE NOT IN YOUR PRIVATE HOME continue to wear a mask, keep six-foot distancing, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and wash your hands often.
  • When you ARE IN YOUR PRIVATE HOME:
  • > > > You may gather with other fully vaccinated people in small groups without masks or six-foot distancing.
  • > > > You may gather with unvaccinated people so long as the unvaccinated people are from a single household and are at low risk for developing severe disease.

As of this release, McPherson County is now working to vaccinate the 65+ population and Group A-C.

Individuals in these categories can contact their primary care provider to be vaccinated or call the McPherson County Health Department to schedule at 620-241-1753.

These categories are as follows:

  • Individuals 65+ years old and healthcare associated workers.
  • GROUP A = K-12 staff members, childcare providers, and disability service staff member.
  • GOUP B = Homeless shelters, higher education education staff, United State Postal Service workers, and public transportation.
  • GROUP C = Food processing, agriculture, Department of Motor Vehicles, public/city/county offices, water/wastewater workers, and retail/restaurant/grocery workers.

McPherson County Health Department Director Shalei Shea noted, “If you have any questions about whether you should receive the vaccine or not, please discuss your concerns with your primary care provider. The Vaccine supply comes in very small shipments, so continued patience is appreciated. More information like dose counts can be found at www.kansasvaccine.gov/.

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