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Respiratory Viral Illnesses

Updated March 7, 2024

The state of Kansas and Johnson County are following the new CDC guidance to help people lower risk from a range of common respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, flu, and RSV.

Individuals may return to normal activities when both are true for 24 hours:

  • Symptoms are getting better overall; and
  • No fever for 24 hours (without the aid of fever-reducing medication)

When returning to normal activities, individuals are encouraged to consider added precautions over the next five days, such as taking additional steps for cleaner air, hygiene, masks, physical distancing, and/or testing when you are around other people indoors. These additional precautions are guidance only and not required to return to normal activities.

Diagnostic and screening testing for COVID

Testing of symptomatic students may be available at school upon request when supplies are provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Select diagnostic and screening testing is available throughout the community. The district will work with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment to help communicate these options. The tests available onsite are PCR with lab services provided by MAWD Pathology Group

MAWD has worked with the State of Kansas, schools and school districts throughout the area. MAWD proudly maintains turnaround times of 24 - 48 hours for regional clients, with over 95% of cases being reported in less than 24 hours.