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Dr. Sanmi Areola

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to BOCC

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, 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 update include:

  • There were 2,352 new infections last week. Down slightly from 2,378 the week prior. This translates to an average of 336 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 392 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • The positivity rate is 14.5%. Our goal is 5%.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase for school gating criteria continues to be the Red Zone.
  • Hospitalizations (13) and deaths (5) were down last week from 33 and 26.
  • Those that attended a Thanksgiving gathering, should behave as if they are infected. They should wait 5-7 days after gathering to get tested.
  • The CDC is expected to meet this week to determine how the vaccine will be distributed.
  • If you are going to travel during this holiday season, driving is much safer than flying.


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