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Dr. Sanmi Areola

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to the BOCC

On Tuesday, Dec. 29, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written update on the pandemic to the Board of County Commissioners.

Highlights from the briefing include:

  • There were 1,561 new infections last week. That is down from 2,285 the week prior. This translates to an average of 223 new infections per day. This is a significant drop from recent numbers.
  • When calculated as a rate, we are at 260 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • The positivity rate is 10.3%. Our goal is 5%.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase for school gating criteria is Red Zone.
  • If you must travel during this holiday season, driving is much safer than flying.
  • KDHE has stood up additional testing sites throughout Johnson County at Church of the Resurrection, Shawnee Mission North, Johnson County Community College, College Boulevard Activity Center and Mercy and Truth.
    • These sites are the only ones without a minimum age requirement for testing!
    • Appointments at these locations can be scheduled at www.gogettested.com.
  • Pfizer and Moderna‚Äôs vaccines have been distributed across the state. The first priorities, determined by the state, are healthcare associated workers and long-term care facility residents and staff.
  • Residents of long-term care facilities started to receive their vaccines yesterday, Dec. 28.


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