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Posted on: December 7, 2020

COVID-19 Shortened Quarantine Periods

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Jamie Downs                                                              December 7, 2020

Butler County Health Officer 


El Dorado, KS - The Butler County Health Department is adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance with modifications for shortening the length of quarantine for individuals identified as close contacts to COVID-19 positive individuals effective December 9, 2020. While the CDC still recognizes the incubation period for this disease is fourteen (14) days; they have released modified guidance allowing for shorter quarantine periods to increase better compliance with quarantine and increase the number of people being tested.  

Therefore, the Butler County Health Department will adopt CDC’s shortened quarantine as follows:

Effective December 9, 2020:

10 Day Quarantine (No Testing and No Symptoms) 

  • After exposure, you monitor yourself for symptoms daily or participate in Public Health monitoring for ten (10) days After exposure monitor yourself for symptoms for fourteen (14) days.
  •  If you have no symptoms during the ten (10) days, you can be released from the quarantine without a test on day eleven (11.)
  • Symptoms include: headache, runny nose, congestion, sore or scratchy throat, diarrhea, constipation, fever, chills, tiredness, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and loss of smell/taste.  Any of these symptoms, regardless if they are normal for the person, would require quarantine for fourteen (14) days and testing is recommended. 

The incubation period for COVID-19 is fourteen (14) days, therefore people should self-monitor for fourteen (14) days from exposure and contact a healthcare provider if any symptoms develop.   

Please note that rapid tests are not available in large quantities at this time and will not be utilized by the Butler County Health Department for these testing purposes.

The following individuals are not eligible for shortened quarantine:

  • Residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities
  • Offender populations in Department of Corrections prisons, county jails, and youth detention centers


Butler County COVID-19 Resource Page
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