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.