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

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Influenza B causing more illness this flu season
February 14, 2020

News about the coronavirus may be grabbing headlines, but influenza B has gripped the nation and Johnson County this flu season. This is a shift in the predominant strain causing most illnesses. Influenza B viruses have not predominated in the United States for 27 years. 

Hardest hit this season have been children, according to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s weekly flu report. Since flu reporting is not mandated in Kansas, JCDHE compiles flu data from Johnson County physicians, urgent care centers, schools and hospitals to identify unusual flu activity, determine which viruses are more predominate, and how those viruses may affect the community.  

“Because we’re seeing more influenza B this season, which tends to be more common in children than adults, it’s important to keep sick children home from school and childcare to prevent the spread of illness in our community,” said Mary Beverly, JCDHE interim director.

Beverly adds that frequent handwashing, covering your coughs and sneezes and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces can help stop the spread of germs, too.

JCDHE recommends that anyone with influenza-like illness who has received a positive laboratory test for influenza or is being treated with antiviral medication for influenza, remain at home for five days following the onset of symptoms. If fever persists for more than five days, continue exclusion until 24 hours fever-free.

Beverly says flu can linger well into the spring, so there is still time to get a flu shot.

“A flu shot may prevent you from getting the flu or reduce the severity and length of your symptoms if you do get ill,” Beverly said. Flu shots are available to anyone six months of age and older at the county’s two walk-in health clinics in Olathe and Mission.

Learn more about the flu.

National 911 award presented to Kansas City area teens
February 13, 2020

Johnson County Emergency Management & Communications joins the Mid-America Regional Council and GeoComm in congratulating the winners of the NG911 Institute’s Citizen in Action award. Claire and Seth Johnson, from Overland Park, were announced as the recipients of the Citizen in Action award at the 17th Annual 911 Honor Awards in Washington D.C. on Feb. 12. The award recognizes an individual(‘s) efforts where exceptional bravery and heroism were demonstrated while utilizing 911 during an emergency.

The nomination described how the siblings called 911 during the winter of 2019 when their father, Mark Johnson, suddenly went into cardiac arrest. Claire placed the 911 call and a telecommunicator from the Johnson County Emergency Management & Communications Center instructed them to begin CPR. Seth had learned CPR at school less than two weeks before, and Claire had also learned CPR in school and as a lifeguard. The teens took turns doing CPR, carefully following instructors from the 911 telecommunicator, until paramedics arrived. As a result, their story had a happy ending.

Valentine's Day features tea dance, other activities
February 13, 2020

Senior adults can celebrate Valentine’s Day on Friday, Feb. 14, at a Sweethearts Tea Dance by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The two-hour event, beginning at 2 p.m., invites attendees to grab their valentine and dance the afternoon away with local group, the Playboys, at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. Participants should bring their favorite sweet treat or potluck dish to share. Refreshments will be provided.

The cost is $5 per person at the door. Both couples and individuals are welcome.

A morning of fun and games at the clubhouse will feature the making of valentines, games and a few sweets. Activities take place from 10 to 11 a.m. for ages 2-5 with an adult. Cost is $6 per child, $7 nonresidents.

At the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., a 50 Plus Valentine’s Day Lunch and Bingo is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It features a catered lunch and 12 games of bingo for a variety of prizes. Singles and couples are welcome! 

Cost is $18 for residents, $19 for nonresidents. Admission covers food and staff time to administer the bingo program. There is no additional charge for bingo.

More information on the Valentine’s Day events is available at jcprd.com.


Weigh in on concept for Johnson County Square
February 11, 2020

The public is invited to weigh in on the preferred concept for the new Johnson County Square in Olathe. Attendees of an open house on Feb. 4 got the first chance to see the concept and provide feedback. Others can now view the concept and participate in the survey at this link: surveymonkey.com/r/JoCoSquare3.

The online survey will remain open through Feb. 29. Participants can review the concept and provide feedback on the element(s) that are most important to include in the first phase of the project, in addition to paving and pedestrian lighting.

More about the Courthouse Project

New Department of Health and Environment Director named
February 10, 2020

Johnson County has hired Dr. Sanmi Areola to fill the vacancy for the Director of the Department of Health and Environment following the retirement last year of former director Lougene Marsh. He will begin work with the county on March 23. More information is available in this news release.

JoCo on the Go: Improving community health
February 10, 2020

JoCo on the Go podcast episode #28 includes details of the latest Community Health Assessment. Epidemiologist Elizabeth Holzschuh and Program Manager Megan Foreman, both with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, share a new way you can access health data about the county and your neighborhood. They discuss issues such as life expectancy, childcare costs and poverty.

Check out the Community Health Assessment.

JoCo on the Go is available where you regularly listen to podcasts. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode.