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Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola

JCDHE Director provides COVID-19 update to the BOCC

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written COVID-19 update to the Board of County Commissioners.

Highlights from the update include: 

  • The number of cases per week has plateaued. We averaged about 90 cases per day these past two weeks.
  • 90 cases a day is still high. When calculated as a rate, we are at 102 cases per 100,000 residents per week. This puts us in the “RED” category per White House criteria. We need to keep working hard to drive the numbers down.
  • We may need additional measures to drive this down so we can reopen schools safely in the least restrictive way.
  • JCDHE is working on enhancing our resources as we prepare for schools reopening and potential spikes in cases.
  • The county met with school superintendents earlier today and will meet next week to finalize guidelines for opening schools.
  • JCDHE increased testing capacity this week. We are now devoting 25% of available slots to pediatric testing, which has been a gap.

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