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Dr. Sanmi Areola

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to the BOCC

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, 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 briefing include:

  • There were 1,251 new infections last week. This is up from 714 the week prior. Our previous peak was 810 cases the week of July 12. 
    • The increase in new cases is coming from people in the 20-60 age range, who are gathering in large groups.
  • This translates to an average of 179 new infections per day.
  • The rise is not because of drop in number of tests or more people getting tested, it is because of a rise in infections.
  • As it gets colder, and we spend more time indoors, it is important to remain vigilant with wearing masks, physical distancing and avoiding large groups.
  • Hospitals are able to manage at this time, but there is a concern about staffing. More cases mean more hospitalizations.
  • We are urging residents – including parents of children in school – to help break the transmission cycle of the virus and to stay home if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

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