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Dr. Sanmi Areola

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to the BOCC

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, 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 briefing include:

  • There were 1,963 new infections last week. This is down from 2,352 the week prior. This translates to an average of 280 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 327 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • The positivity rate is 15.2%. Our goal is 5%.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase for school gating criteria remains the Red Zone.
  • If you are going to travel during this holiday season, driving is much safer than flying.
  • It could be a few weeks before we see a surge in cases associated with Thanksgiving.
  • The Pfizer vaccines may be available as soon as Friday and will be distributed in phases to prioritize health care workers and long-term care facilities. There are five vaccine storage sites in Kansas.
  • The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is currently helping to stand up additional testing sites throughout Johnson County at Church of the Resurrection, Shawnee Mission North and Johnson County Community College. This will eventually allow for up to 3,500 additional tests a week through the county. These sites are the only ones without a minimum age requirement for testing.

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