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Stay at home order starts Tuesday

Kansas City-area residents ordered to stay at home except for essential needs, beginning Tuesday, March 24

On March 28, Governor Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

The state is working on FAQs to provide more clarity on its order, and we will post a link to them as soon as they are made available. Questions on the state’s stay at home order can be emailed to KEFF@ks.gov.

Due to the urgency of the COVID-19 public health emergency and imminent rapid progression of the pandemic in our area, the regional partners: Jackson County, Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas on Sunday, March 22 announced details of orders for residents to stay home except for essential needs. A news conference was held Sunday at Union Station. Read the Johnson County order.

All jurisdictions have issued orders that will stay in effect for 30 days from the effective date, March 24, with consideration after 30 days of whether to prolong these orders beyond that date, based on public health and critical care information available at that time.

Examples of essential businesses and services that will remain open during this time:

  • Government services
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Child care
  • Health care
  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Delivery/carry-out/drive-through services from restaurants

Read more about this joint effort.

Call center now taking calls regarding emergency orders

Johnson County is receiving many call, emails and social media messages from residents who have specific questions regarding the most recent order outlined above. We are working to answer these questions as quickly as possible.

To help us get you the information you need to prepare for the order that goes into effect on Tuesday, we invite you to call our call center. The call center is open through 8 p.m., Sunday, March 22. It will be available again during the work week.

Customer service for questions about orders
913-715-5000
7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday, and TBD Tuesday - Friday 
Spanish language interpreters are also standing by to take calls at the same number. You may remain anonymous.

You can also read answers to some of the common questions we've already received about the order.

Customer service is additionally available online.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 hotline also open

A hotline is also available to help address your virus-related questions. The hotline is available through 8 p.m., Sunday, March 22, and will open back up Monday. You can remain anonymous.

Johnson County Community Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday
Spanish language available through same number, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

You can also call the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 877-427-7317, after business hours. 

Governor signs new orders on Sunday, March 22 to aid health care system

To help prepare Kansas' health care system for an influx of patients caused by COVID-19 and to ensure that Kansans continue to have access to the health care they need, Governor Laura Kelly signed an executive order Sunday, March 22 that temporarily expands capacity in the health care system by:

  • Allowing doctors to prescribe medication after an appropriate telemedicine consultation
  • Authorizing out-of-state doctors to provide telemedicine services to Kansans, provided they are licensed in another state
  • Permitting temporary emergency licenses for health care professionals regulated by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts

The Governor signed another executive order on Sunday that provides conditional and temporary relief from certain motor carrier rules and regulations to allow for quick and efficient delivery of resources needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about the executive orders.

State issues mandates for 14-day quarantine

On Wednesday, March 18, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued new mandates for quarantine and isolation of travelers, along with close contacts and those being tested.

14-day home quarantine is mandated for Kansans who have:

  • Traveled to a state with known widespread community transmission (currently California, Florida, New York and Washington state), on or after March 15
  • Visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin or Gunnison counties in Colorado in the week prior to March 15 or after

*Traveling from Johnson County to another part of the state does not require a 14-day home quarantine at this time.

Current guidance if you're sick

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

Johnson County departments announce changes or precautions for county services due to pandemic

Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This information is updated as changes are made. Please check this webpage often regarding court services, human services programs through Johnson County Park & Recreation District and much more.

Pay attention to your physical and mental health

As information changes daily regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, this time of uncertainty can create an elevated sense of anxiety. The Johnson County Mental Health Center is offering resources for families and individuals to help.

Check out these resources on the Johnson County Mental Health Center webpage.

Have questions? We have answers

We've created a webpage for the common questions surrounding COVID-19. Topics include how to identify symptoms, how it's spread, who's at risk and much more. Check back often. As more questions come in, we'll continue to update answers.

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