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Dr. Sanmi Areola

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to BOCC

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, 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 2,564 new infections last week - up from 1,820 the week prior.
  • This translates to an average of 366 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 427 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • The positivity rate is 16.5%. 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. 
  • The size of the group you are interacting with is not as important as behavior in practicing infection control.
  • More infections mean more hospitalizations, and our hospitals are at capacity. Local hospitals are in the position of having to delay elective surgeries and rationing care.
  • Many school districts have decided to have middle and high school students go remote after Thanksgiving break through the end of winter break.


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