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Johnson County Board of County Commissioners supports Governor’s mask mandate
July 2, 2020

The Board of County Commissioners held a special meeting at 10 a.m., today, July 2, to consider a Kansas Governor Executive Order #20-52, regarding a requirement to wear face masks in public settings. After more than two and half hours of discussion and public comment, the board voted to support the mask requirement. The order was posted on Governor Laura Kelly’s website this morning. She’s scheduled to present the order to the State Finance Council at 1 p.m., today. She announced her planned order at a June 29 news conference.

“Positive cases are going up, and we want to be able to safely keep Johnson County open,” Chairman Ed Eilert said. “Masks are an effective tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and we support the mandate.”

The Governor’s order will require masks to be worn in public spaces. Masks will also be required outdoors when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. There are a number of exemptions. Children 5 and younger will not be required to wear masks when the order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m., on Friday, July 3. Those with medical conditions that prevent mask use will also be allowed an exemption. Businesses open to the public are required to comply with the order. 

Others in support of the mask mandate include Johnson County Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola and Local Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster. Both shared information about the spread of COVID-19 in Johnson County during the special BOCC meeting.

“It’s pretty obvious that the increase we’re having is not a consequence of increased testing,” Dr. Areola said. “Every morning, I get to the office and reach out to our staff and ask how many cases we had overnight. Yesterday, when I asked, we had 106 cases overnight. The cases are rising. Transmission has increased. We cannot afford to not control this now. If we don’t, the impact will be huge, as we have seen in other parts of the country.”

Dr. Areola commended the work of residents who have been diligent to follow safety guidelines – maintaining six feet of physical distance, wearing masks in public, washing hands often and staying home when sick. 

“Like many jurisdictions, we’re seeing record numbers of new cases in the last 10 days, a trend in the wrong direction. Hospitalizations lag behind the increase of case onset by 2-3 weeks. If the current case increase continues, we’ll see the surge in the very near future,” Dr. LeMaster said. This increase is what we have feared would happen all along. And it is upon us. Wearing masks decreases transmission dramatically.” 

Johnson County currently has 1,816 positive cases (960 have been reported since June 1), 38,899 negatives and 88 deaths, since the first positive case on March 7. Presumed recovered is 862, which includes surviving individuals not hospitalized and more than 30 days since symptom onset.

Dr. LeMaster shared that mask use will protect vulnerable residents, children and others. It will also safeguard the hospital system.

Governor signs executive order to mandate masks statewide
July 2, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly today issued Executive Order #20-52 requiring that most Kansans must wear a mask while in public spaces, and in outdoor spaces where individuals are unable to maintain physical distancing of six feet.

Executive Order #20-52 takes effect beginning 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 3, and will remain in place until rescinded or until the current statewide State of Disaster Emergency expires – whichever is earlier.

“The last few months have presented many new challenges for Kansans, and all of us want to return to our normal lives and routines,” Governor Kelly said. “Unfortunately, we have seen a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across our state and our country. We must act.”

Learn more about the order.

Safely celebrate the 4th of July
July 2, 2020

As Kansans prepare for the July 4th weekend, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has put together a guide to help you safely celebrate.

The guidance comes from the Governor's Ad Astra Reopening Plan and reflects the state's current recommendation to counties to remain in Phase 3 of the plan.

In addition to the requirement to wear masks, it's recommended that you:

  • Limit gatherings in your home with 45 or fewer individuals, not including those you live with.
  • Stick to outdoor events whenever possible.
  • Disinfect surfaces and use disposable or single-serve items as much as possible.
  • Maintain mass gathering limits and physical distancing at pool parties, restaurants, parks or other social venues.
  • If you're sick, stay home and contact your doctor.
  • For travel, follow the KDHE travel and quarantine guidelines (noted further below in this email) and avoid high-risk travel areas.

Get more tips on parties, gatherings and get-togethers.

Johnson County District Court remains in its Phase 2 implementation
July 2, 2020

Johnson County District Court will remain in Phase II of its reopening plan.

Remote proceedings are preferred. All hearings will proceed remotely unless an in-person hearing is authorized by the assigned judge. Limited in-person proceedings may occur where the presiding judge has ensured all social distancing recommendations have been implemented and will be enforced. Large dockets, including traffic, Chapter 61 and second appearances shall be conducted remotely. Public service counters are open where all physical distancing recommendations have been implemented and will be enforced.

For more information, visit the Court's website.

The Best Times prepares voters for the 2020 elections in a pandemic
July 1, 2020

The July-August issue of The Best Times magazine is on its way in the mail with a cover story about the 2020 elections, voting process and safeguards by the Election Office to ensure the health and safety of Johnson County voters and poll workers in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Other articles include:

  • The 2020 Census extends its deadlines due to the pandemic with Johnson County’s participation rate thus far being the highest in Kansas.
  • The new Medical Examiner Facility will offer a virtual tour as part of its opening celebration and dedication.
  • Exploratory work is under way in compiling a report regarding a potential new county Department of Aging Services.
  • Johnson County Museum launches a new temporary exhibit on “Rising to the Challenge: Suburban Strength in Difficult Times.”
  • Kansas Legal Services resumes monthly site visits to Johnson County at providing free legal services to aging adults.

Download a copy of the magazine.

Patience needed for test results
July 1, 2020

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we wait for test results from our COVID-19 testing event on June 26, and from those who were tested at our Olathe office this week. The labs that Johnson County Department of Health and Environment sends specimens to are overwhelmed with processing COVID-19 tests, and results are taking longer than usual. Normally we receive test results in 5-7 business days, but it could take a few extra days due to this delay and the holiday.

JCDHE is working swiftly to call anyone with a positive result, so they can immediately begin a case investigation. Those with a negative result will receive a letter in the mail.

Learn more about testing in Johnson County.

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