Today the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners authorized the following related to the mitigation of the impact of COVID-19 on the community.
The Board declared a State of Local Disaster Emergency for Johnson County, Kansas.
This board action extends for 60 days Chairman Ed Eilert’s declaration of a State of Disaster Emergency ordered on March 13, which was good for seven days. It ratifies all public health orders, current and future, issued by Johnson County’s public health officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster or the Johnson County Board of Public Health. It also allows Johnson County to access funding and resources from the federal government.
The declaration includes some temporary amendments to the county’s competitive procurement processes for the efficient continuity of county services, such as suspending or waiving current competitive procurement process for the acquisition of goods and services and authorizes renewals of up to six months for any vendor contracts set to expire during the declaration, upon mutual agreement of both parties.
Sitting as the Board of Public Health, the board issued an emergency public health order.
To mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in Johnson County, this public health order updates the order issued from Dr. LeMaster on March 16 prohibiting public gatherings with more than 10 people until 11:59 p.m. April 2, 2020. It removes the exemptions of religious and faith-based activities, weddings and funerals previously included. Government and judicial functions, healthcare facilities and private businesses remain exempt in this order.
This order still includes the closing of all restaurants, dining facilities, bars, taverns, clubs and move theatres through 12:01 a.m. on April 1, 2020. Establishments can continue to provide carryout, drive-through and delivery of food and beverage services.
Under all circumstances, even allowed activities, we strongly urge people to follow all public health guidelines on social distancing, voluntary isolation where appropriate and sanitation.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, we are taking action to minimize attendance at the Board of County
Commissioners meetings. If attendance is not essential, please watch the broadcast of the meeting.
During this time of health emergency, we will also be prudent with our business agenda, deferring action when feasible. Due to the limits of having 10 people or less in the hearing room, we will be restrictive on public comment periods on matters not related to our agenda items for this emergency period. To stay current on the Board’s schedule, please check the board’s calendar at https://jocogov.org/calendar-created/month?field_event_type_tid=4224
If you have information or comments related to any item on our agenda that you would like to have presented to the Commissioners, we encourage you to submit that information in writing. If you wish to submit information, please email those comments/statements to the BOCC-Clerk@jocogov.org before noon on the Wednesday, before the Thursday BOCC meeting. If you are unable to email the comments, you may call 913-715-0424, and we will record your information.