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Dr. Sanmi Areola

JCDHE director provides virus and vaccine update to BOCC

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written update to the Board of County Commissioners.

Highlights from the update include:

  • Vaccines received by JCDHE:
    • KDHE - 32,625
    • Health partnership - 7,600
    • KU Med - 2,000
    • Children's Mercy - 350
  • Vaccines administered - 31,164
  • Vaccine clinics are currently scheduled through March 2. Any appointments after March 2, are expected to open to 65+ residents, as vaccine becomes available. Johnson County health systems will still vaccinate their patients in this age group.
  • Children's Mercy will receive eight trays from KDHE to cover most public/parochial school staff. JCDHE will provide one tray allocated for child care workers.
  • JCDHE is working with Hy-Vee and Auburn pharmacy to provide vaccinations to 1,900 people in 27 independent living facilities.
  • There were 452 new COVID-19 infections last week. This is down 485 from the previous week. This translates into an average of 69 new infections per day.
  • When calculated as a rate, we are at 75 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goals is less than 50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • Our recommended phase for school gating criteria is Orange Zone.
  • Testing remains available through JCDHE and state-sponsored sites. Learn more at gogettested.com.


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