Kansas Department of Administration

Human Resources and Privacy Considerations:

Posted on October 21, 2021 at 12:51 PM by Kansas Department of Administration

Preventing stigma and discrimination in the workplace is imperative. State agencies should use only the guidance described above to determine risk for COVID-19 infection. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed coronavirus infection.

Employees identified as PUIs will require additional consideration by state agencies. These include:

  • Determining, in conjunction with local health departments close contacts of the affected individual. A close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet for 10 minutes or longer OR someone who came into direct contact with secretions (for example, being coughed or sneezed on).
  • Close contacts may have to be quarantined for 14 days. During this time, an employee will be eligible for administrative leave.
  • Human resource departments should notify the Department of Administration in the event a PUI has been identified and work with agency management to assure the needs of the appropriate local health department are met.
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