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'In Kansas, local health officers and the secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) can order medical evaluation, testing, and treatment for anyone they have reason to believe has been exposed to a contagious disease. They can isolate or quarantine those who refuse.
Kansas appears to have the authority to order widespread testing for the coronavirus. But Lee Norman, the KDHE secretary leading the state's response, has been cool to the idea of testing people who are not showing symptoms.
Vaccinations can also be made mandatory, with anyone refusing subject to quarantine. It opens the possibility that Kansas could order residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine whenever it is ready, likely a year from now. Such a decision could be explosive, given the recent vocal pushback to new vaccine mandates for schoolchildren.
Breaking a quarantine or isolation order is a Class C misdemeanor in Kansas, which can bring a month in jail and a $1,000 fine.'
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