More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.
The Board of County Commissioners will resume meeting in the Hearing Room on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 9:30 am. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, social distancing will be observed, and limited seating will be available in the hearing room, with additional limited seating in the adjacent lobby with audio available. A live broadcast will still be available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org and on Facebook Live. Public Comments will be accepted. Persons wishing to speak during Public Comments will need to sign in by 9:25 a.m. before the meeting begins and will be called upon to speak in the order in which they signed up. Anyone wishing to speak to a specific item on the Business agenda will need to sign in before that item is read into the Record.
Persons who may need assistance, the use of a sign language or oral interpreter, or who require special accommodations, should contact (913) 715-0430, at least two (2) business days prior to the meeting.
COVID-19 Funding and Expenses Report, Maury Thompson, Deputy County Manager
The weekly COVID-19 Operating Report, detailing COVID-19 specific expenditures and funding received is available here. To date the organization has identified $1,510,996.34 in costs which are eligible for CARES Act reimbursement and received $118,879,369.82 in federal funds.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funding from the CARES Act, Joe Connor, Assistant County Manager
Johnson County was awarded $631,737 in CDBG CARES funding from HUD. The 15 percent cap on public service activities has been removed. An existing MOU with the City of Olathe entitles them to 41 percent of these funds after administration costs are removed. We are required to follow the standard HUD rules to administer the funds, follow our Citizen Participation Plan, submit Substantial Amendment to the approved 2020 Action Plan which will be open for public comment June 27, 2020 for 30 days. Community Development in collaboration with Overland Park and Shawnee surveyed the community to establish priorities for this funding to prevent or respond to COVID-19. The survey feedback indicated that rent/utility/mortgage assistance, food, PPE/healthcare and childcare assistance were the highest needs. These have been listed as priorities for the CDBG-CV funding, but all applications will be reviewed. The CDBG-CV application for funding is currently open and closes on July 1, 2020. Applications will be reviewed and finalized by the Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee Rating Team appointed by the BOCC.
COVID-19 update, Dr. Sanmi Areola, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director
Johnson County currently has 1,427 positive cases 33,986 negatives, 81 deaths (68 deaths in LTCF, or 84%) and a 4.0% positive percentage. We have 760 presumed recovered. More information is available on our dashboard.
A trend in data is showing that younger people are being infected with COVID-19. In the first half of April, the median age was 52 and the average age was 56. In the first half of June, the median age was 41 and average age was 45.
Hospital utilizations data is trending well. For the three Johnson County hospitals that treat COVID patients in their hospitals, the percent of their ICU beds occupied by COVID patients is about 9%. However, there is typically a lag between a spike in cases and the utilization of hospital beds.
The results of the testing for Lenexa Chick Fil A employees are in. 62 people were tested and four people who are kitchen staff members tested positive.
Appointment-based testing continues Monday through Thursday in Olathe and has been extended to people without symptoms. The next drive-thru testing event takes place on June 26 at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood. More information is available in this report.
COVID-19 update Dr. Joseph LeMaster, Johnson County Local Health Officer
As we see the number of cases go up, the total number of hospitalizations will likely follow. As we are trending younger, this could begin to stress hospital capacity. We need to pay close attention to the case numbers and we could need additional resources for disease investigation and contact tracing should they begin to rise exponentially.
2020 CERI Indicators – April Edition, Penny Postoak Ferguson, County Manager
The April 2020 edition of the Economic Indicators for Johnson County has been provided by the County Economic Research Institute (CERI).
There is no BOCC meeting on July 2 due to observance of Independence Day, and no Agenda Review was held today.