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Dr. Areola

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to BOCC

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, 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 2,555 new infections last week. This is up from 1,963 the week prior. This translates to an average of 365 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 426 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • The positivity rate is 14.6%. 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.
  • If you must travel during this holiday season, driving is much safer than flying.
  • The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has stood 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. Appointments at these locations can be scheduled online.
  • Pfizer’s vaccine has been sent to 5 ultra-cold storage units across the state. The first priorities, determined by the state, are health care associated workers and long-term care facility residents and staff.


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