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Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
Vision: The Innovative Leader for Community Health and Environmental Protection.
Mission: To Protect the Health and Environment, Prevent Disease and Promote Wellness for All who Live, Work and Play in Johnson County through Exceptional Public Service.

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JCDHE offers appointment-based, drive-thru COVID-19 testing for symptomatic Johnson County residents
June 11, 2020

Johnson County, Kansas residents over the age of 18 with symptoms of coronavirus can now get a free COVID-19 test by making an online appointment. Residents should seek testing from their primary health care provider first before making an appointment at JCDHE. Supplies and appointment times are limited.

Drive-thru testing begins on May 18 at the department’s Olathe office (11875 S. Sunset Drive). Residents can schedule an appointment at www.jocogov.org/coronavirus

Symptoms of COVID-19 typically appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include fever (greater than 100.4 F), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Residents experiencing these symptoms are encouraged to get tested immediately as this is when people are most infectious and could transmit the virus to others.

Drive-thru testing is available in Olathe, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spanish-speakers who need assistance scheduling an appointment can call (913) 826-1200 and press 1 for customer service.

The testing area is located on the south side of the building. Follow the sign and drive to the testing area. Do not enter the building. If the public has questions about the testing process, they can call (913) 715-2819, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit www.jocogov.org/coronavirus.

Olathe Immunization Clinic Will Close at 1:00 p.m. on May 14, 2020
May 14, 2020

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's Olathe immunization clinic (11875 S. Sunset Drive) will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 14, 2020. The Mission clinic (6000 Lamar Ave.) is closed.

JCDHE conducts second population health survey
April 22, 2020

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCHDE) is asking Johnson County, Kansas residents to complete a short survey in order to understand how many people in Johnson County, Kansas have or do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). The survey will be available starting Tuesday, April 21st at 10 a.m. and will close on Friday, April 24th at 10 a.m. Take the survey again even if you took it two weeks ago. 

This short survey asks about COVID-19 symptoms or lack of symptoms, demographic and contact information. The survey should be completed for every member of the household. The information is confidential and will only be used by JCDHE to determine how COVID-19 is spreading in the community. Residents will be asked to do this same survey several more times in the next few weeks in order to compare results.

Questions? Call the Johnson County Community Hotline at 913-715-2819, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit www.jocogov.org/coronavirus.

April Burn Bans in Effect
April 13, 2020

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) reminds Kansans that March and April are a time when large areas of the state's Flint Hills rangeland are burned. These burns help preserve the tallgrass prairie by controlling invasive species. Smoke from the burns can influence the air quality of downwind areas. The use of smoke management techniques is vital to reduce impacts. For more information about the burning in the Flint Hills, the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan, the April burn restrictions, and the smoke modeling tool. Click here

JCDHE surveys population about coronavirus symptoms
April 7, 2020

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCHDE) is asking Johnson County residents to complete a short survey in order to understand how many people in Johnson County have or do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). The survey will be available starting Tuesday, April 7th at 10 a.m. and will close on Friday, April 10th at 10 a.m. Complete the POPULATION HEALTH SURVEY.

This short survey asks about symptoms or lack of symptoms, demographic and contact information. The survey should be completed for every member of the household. The information is confidential and will only be used by JCDHE to determine how COVID-19 is spreading in the community. Residents will be asked to do this same survey several more times in the next few weeks in order to compare results.

Questions? Call the Johnson County Community Hotline at 913-715-2819, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit www.jocogov.org/coronavirus.

Johnson County Burn Bans- Check with your Fire Department Here
April 6, 2020

Click here to stay up to date with burn bans that may affect all or part of Johnson County.

Potential Changes to Yard Waste and Bulky Item Collection Due to COVID-19
March 27, 2020

Due to feedback we have heard from trash haulers and amid concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is temporarily allowing trash haulers to make the decision not to pick up anything by hand that is outside your regular trash or recycle bins. Materials this will affect will include curbside yard waste collection, bulky item pickup, and recycling that isn't in your curbside bin. TRASH AND RECYCLING WILL STILL BE COLLECTED AS USUAL AT THIS TIME. If you have questions about your service, please contact your trash collection company.
1. Yard Waste- there are several ways that you can deal with your yard waste on site including starting a backyard compost bin, mulch mowing leaves, and leaving grass clippings on your lawn. If you can put off yard projects for a few weeks For more info on how you can handle your yard waste: www.jocogov.org/…/envir…/recycling/yard-waste-and-composting

2. Bulky item pickup- Large trash items can still be self-hauled to the Johnson County Landfill as of this post. Again, if you can hold off on large projects for a few weeks. Contact your trash collection company to see if they are still collecting bulky items.

3. Recycling- Keep your recyclables in the bin. If you have excess cardboard that won't fit in your bin, you can either save it for the next collection or drop them off at either the Overland Park Recycling Center located off of 119th St. and Hardy or the community drop off bins located in the Walmart parking lot off of 135th St and Blackbob.

If you have any questions post them on here, message us, call 913-715-6936 or email Brandon Hearn

 
 
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
May 12, 2020

Please see jocogov.org/coronavirus for the latest update on COVID-19 cases in Johnson County. If you have health-related questions about COVID-19, call the Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline at (913) 715-2819, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

EMPLOYERS: There is NO public health recommendation that employees who are ill must test negative for COVID-19 before returning to work or get a COVID-19 test in order to take sick leave. At this time, we recommend anyone with an illness to isolate at home for 10 days since onset of symptoms, 72 hours fever free (without the use of fever-reducing medication), and significant improvement in symptoms. JCDHE will not be providing letters for employees to clear them to return to work.

Here are a few things you can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community:

  1. High-risk individuals need to be extra careful. People over age 60, people with a weakened immune system and those with chronic medical conditions are most at risk for serious illness (including hospitalization and death) from COVID-19 and should avoid being around anyone who is ill or near large crowds (more than 10 people).
  2. Cover your cough and sneeze. COVID-19 is transmitted when people cough or sneeze near others and those respiratory droplets are breathed in by a nearby person or when someone touches an infected surface and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.
  3. If you’re sick, isolate at home. Separate yourself from others in your household by using a separate bedroom and bathroom. If that’s not possible, distance yourself (at least 6 feet apart) from others and disinfect surfaces on a regular basis.
  4. Call your primary healthcare provider if you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever and cough or shortness of breath) to discuss whether you should be tested for COVID-19 and other possible reasons for illness. You do not need to go to the hospital emergency room to get tested.
  5. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If that’s not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  6. Wear a mask or cloth face covering in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores, pharmacies, big box stores).

Additional resources and information can be found on the following websites:

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