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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, Nov. 10, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written update to the Board of County Commissioners.

Highlights from the briefing include:

  • There were 1,820 new infections last week - up from 1,251 the week prior. We are on track for an increase again this week.
  • This translates to an average of 260 new infections per day. This is more than twice what was our highest number for three months.
  • When calculated as a rate, we are at 303 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • Positivity rate is 14.3%. Our goal is 5%.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase for school gating criteria has been updated to the Red Zone.
  • As it gets colder, it is important to remain vigilant with wearing masks, physical distancing and avoiding large groups.
  • More infections mean more hospitalizations, and our hospitals are at capacity.
  • The size of the group you are interacting with is not as important as behavior in practicing infection control.

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