State’s new quarantine rules do not apply to public health, pharmaceutical and food supply

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment today stated that its mandates announced on Wednesday do not apply to public health including hospitals and clinics, or to critical infrastructures such as pharmaceutical and food supply.

“Public health, including hospitals, clinics, etc., need to have the staffing resources to continue serving Kansans,” according to a statement from KDHE.

“While KDHE strongly recommends these quarantine restrictions for everyone, we do recognize that medical care needs to continue and no health care facility should ever be to a point where it would need to close due to staff being quarantined,” the KDHE stated today. “We ask facilities to ensure they have updated their Emergency Preparedness Plans and implement protocols to ensure that no employee comes to work symptomatic. Other examples of critical infrastructure include pharmaceutical and food supply, along with others defined by the Department of Homeland Security.”

The mandates are listed at https://khap2.kdhe.state.ks.us/NewsRelease/PDFs/3-18-20%20Quarantine%20mandate%20FINAL.pdf

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