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Public health update

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to the BOCC

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, 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 report include:

  • Johnson County has administered approximately 27,000 doses of vaccine.
  • Johnson County hospital systems are providing vaccinations to their patients 65 and older.
  • Children's Mercy held a vaccine clinic on Feb. 13, for child care providers and private/parochial school staff.
  • JCDHE is working with Hy-Vee and Auburn pharmacy to provide vaccinations to 1,900 people in 27 independent living facilities.
  • As additional vaccine is received, more clinics will be opened. Additional vaccines are going directly to hospitals and long-term care facilities, through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program.
  • There were 485 new infections last week - down from 857 the prior week. This translates to an average of 69 new infections per day.
  • When calculated as a rate, we are at 81 cases per 100,000 residents per week. our goal is less than 50 new infections per 100,000.
  • The positivity rate is 5% - this is our goal.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. our recommended phase for schools is the Orange Zone.
  • COVID-19 testing remains available through gogettested.com.


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