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Dr. Sanmi Areola

JCDHE director provides update on COVID-19 and vaccines

On Tuesday, March 23, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written update on COVID-19 and vaccines to the Board of County Commissioners.

Highlights from the update include:

  • Vaccine priorities this week include those 65+, K-12, child care staff, first responders, health care workers, long-term care residents and staff, vulnerable populations, high-contact workers and those 16-64 with medical conditions.
  • All Johnson County residents and workers in any phase can now complete the vaccine interest survey.
  • The new Lenexa vaccine clinic is up and running. Learn more further below in this e-newsletter.
  • There were 222 new infections last week, That's down from 232 the week prior. This translates into an average of 32 new infections per day.
  • When calculated as a rate, we're at 37 cases per 100,000 residents per week.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is incidence rate. Our recommended phase for school gating criteria is the Yellow Zone.
  • COVID-19 testing remains available on JCDHE and state-sponsored sites through gogettested.com.


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