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Dr. Sanmi Areola

JCDHE director provides BOCC written update on COVID-19 in Johnson County

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Sanmi Areola provided a written update on the pandemic to the Board of County Commissioners.

Highlights from the briefing include:

  • There were 2,378 new infections last week. This is down from 2,564 the week prior. This translates to an average of 340 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 396 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • Positivity rate is 15.4%. Our goal is 5%.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase for school gating criteria is the Red Zone.
  • The size of the group you are interacting with is not as important as behavior in practicing infection control.
  • All six Johnson County school districts have decided to have middle and high school students go remote after Thanksgiving break through the end of winter break.
  • This year for Thanksgiving, try these fun, safer alternatives to help slow the spread of COVID-19:
    • Cook traditional family recipes with your household members.
    • Have a virtual dinner with friends and family you don’t live with.
    • Watch parades and movies from your couch.
    • After Thanksgiving, avoid crowds and shop online instead of in stores.


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