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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to the BOCC
September 29, 2020

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, 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 790 new infections last week. Our peak was 810 cases the week of July 12.
  • This translates to an average of 113 new infections per day. Our goal is 50 new infections per day.
  • When calculated as a rate, we are at 128 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • The positivity rate is 12.3%. Our goal is 5%.
  • Infection of SARS-coV-2 is very common among young people, with young adults ages 18–25 being the highest risk group. Nationally, this group accounts for 25% of all infections.
  • In Johnson County, children 19 years or younger account for 17.5% of total infections.
  • Children are susceptible to SARS-coV-2 infections. Although the risk of transmission and the rate of COVID-19-related hospitalizations appear to be lower, 1 out of 3 hospitalized children with COVID-19 are admitted to an ICU. Risk is not negligible.
  • Mortality rates are low in this group.
Johnson County Mental Health Center partners with local district
September 29, 2020

The Kansas Department of Education has awarded a grant of $145,656 to create a unique partnership between Johnson County Mental Health Center and Olathe Public Schools USD 233. The grant will allow each organization to hire two therapists to work together to provide mental health services to Olathe Public Schools families.

Mental health is a priority always and as the pandemic continues.

Learn more about the grant-funded positions to address mental health needs in Olathe Public Schools.

JoCo on the Go: Celebrating Hispanic heritage through the pandemic
September 29, 2020

On JoCo on the Go, episode #60, hear from Johnson County Museum and Arts and Heritage staff who will highlight the many ways Johnson County is celebrating residents during Hispanic Heritage Month. They’ll talk about how the pandemic has impacted this year’s celebration and is allowing residents to virtually interact with Hispanic culture. Hear from some notable names from the Latino community in Johnson County who are doing amazing things to further appreciation for cultural diversity.
Look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Learn more about JoCo on the Go and get a complete transcript of this episode.

Get a COVID-19 test if you live or work in Johnson County
September 28, 2020

Who can participate in Johnson County’s appointment-based testing?

  • Those 16 and older who live or work in Johnson County.
  • Children ages 5-15 who live in Johnson County. A parent must be present in the vehicle to give verbal consent for testing. Children will be tested inside the vehicle and must be able to sit still for a nasal swab to both nostrils.
  • Those with or without symptoms of coronavirus.
  • If testing is not available from your primary health care provider.

Schedule a COVID-19 test.

CARES Act funding available for JCPRD school-age remote learning and child care
September 28, 2020

On Monday, Sept. 28, the Johnson County Park and Recreation District announced that CARES Act funds are available to subsidize the JCPRD school-age remote learning and child care programs. The Board of County Commissioners authorized the funding for this purpose.

JCPRD's portion of the funds will allow the agency to provide JCPRD remote learning hubs and Out of School Time services at discounted rates for children ages 5-12, to qualifying families.

Learn more about the qualifying criteria.

Applicants can access the COVID-19 School Age Remote Learning & Child Care Subsidy Application at jcprd.com. A JCPRD staff member will contact applicants within two business days to confirm eligibility and assist with enrollment when appropriate. All funding will remain in effect through Dec. 30, or until funding is depleted.

For additional information, contact the JCPRD Registration office at 913-831-3359 or by email [email protected]. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Celebrate National Family Day on September 28
September 28, 2020

National Family Day celebrates simple, everyday things parents do to connect with their kids. Family time may look a little different right now, but it’s no less important for your children’s long-term health. 

The simple, little things you do with your kids make a big difference. The earlier you start connecting with your kids, the better. Having intentional time together creates strong, healthy relationships that can prevent future drug use and provide protective factors for mental health.

The Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has pulled together a lot of creative ideas for how you can spend quality time together this year. Included on this page is an interactive map that shows where JCMHC staff members have indicated their personal favorite places to go or eat with their families. Whether it’s an intentional meal together, an outing or an activity, it’s our hope that you will join us in celebrating Family Day today and every day.

Every family is unique. Show us how your family spends time together by posting a photo or video on social media using #MyFamilySelfie.