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JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update
September 22, 2020

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, 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 report include:

  • There were 728 new infections last week. This is up 100 cases over last week. Our peak was 810 cases the week of July 12.
  • This translates to an average of 104 new infections per day. Our goal is 50 new infections per day.
  • When calculated as a rate, we are at 118 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • The positivity rate is 12.4%. Our goal is 5%.
JoCo on the Go podcast - being prepared for disaster, the pandemic and more
September 22, 2020

On JoCo on the Go, episode #59, we’re taking a close look at how individuals and families can be ready when disaster strikes. Guests include Johnson County public health and emergency preparedness experts who discuss specific disasters, such as severe weather, fires and the current COVID-19 pandemic. They offer tips on supplies to keep handy and how to have conversations with children about what to do in an emergency.
 
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.

JCDS hosting drive-thru interview days for direct support professionals Sept. 30, Oct. 1
September 22, 2020

Johnson County Developmental Supports will host drive-thru interview days from 1-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 1 for jobseekers interested in joining our team as direct support professionals. The interviews will take place in the parking lot of the Mark D. Elmore Center, located at 10501 Lackman Road in Lenexa.

Jobseekers should apply online prior to attending and bring a resume to the event. Attendees are expected to wear a mask while participating.

The starting pay for a DSP employed with Johnson County Government is $15.40 an hour, and employees receive access to a competitive wage structure, wellness offerings, a comprehensive benefits package, and tuition reimbursement.

DSPs play a crucial role in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their quest to live and work in the community, rather than in institutional settings. 

Depending on where they work, DSPs perform a multitude of tasks, including personal care, job coaching, appropriate medical/physical care, behavioral guidance, skills teaching, help with household tasks and so much more. JCDS is currently hiring for evening, overnight and weekend shifts in the residential program.

Follow this event on Facebook.

To learn more about JCDS, please visit us online.

JoCo Magazine features stories of community members persevering in the pandemic
September 21, 2020

Our Fall issue of JoCo Magazine should hit your mailbox in the next few days. This edition features Johnson County community members sharing their COVID-19 experiences. 

Read about how they’re persevering in the pandemic in our cover story and at jocogov.org/covid19stories.

Plus, learn a little Johnson County history. Read about the only Kansas thoroughbred to ever win the Kentucky Derby.

Other articles include:

  • JoCo celebrates 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Increasing cultural competency in mental health.
  • Fall into virtual opportunities for fun and learning.
  • Utility Assistance Program for low-income residents.
  • Ten things to know before the general election.

Can’t wait for your print edition? Read the digital version of the magazine now.

Governor's mask mandate remains in effect in Johnson County, reaffirmed by BOCC today
September 17, 2020

At its regular business session today, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted to reaffirm Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order 20-52 (“EO 20-52”) requiring Kansans to wear face masks in public settings. 

The vote concluded three hours of discussion and public comments from nearly 60 county residents.

Governor Kelly issued E.O. 20-52 on July 2, 2020 implementing a statewide requirement to wear masks or other face coverings in public. Due to today’s vote, it remains in force in Johnson County until rescinded or until the statewide State of Disaster Emergency expires, whichever is earlier. 

Read more about today's decision on masks. Watch a rebroadcast of the meeting on our website or Facebook. NOTE: Due to technical issues, Facebook only includes the full meeting content.

Additional COVID-19 related action at BOCC meeting

Also at today's BOCC meeting, the following action was taken:

  • The board authorized $400,000 of federal funds received for COVID-19 response to the Mid-America Regional Council for a Regional Coordination Hub (Hospital Dashboard), as well as coordination and deployment of Testing Teams. This will assist in sustaining access to hospital inpatient data and provide additional capacity to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment for testing Johnson County residents.
  • The board was also provided written reports on the latest trends in COVID-19 in Johnson County, an update on personal protective equipment and an update on CARES Act funding. You can access those reports.
Off-duty Johnson County firefighter, girlfriend rescue three people
September 17, 2020

It started as a relaxing day of fishing on the Kansas River for Johnson County District 2 Firefighter Andrew Eccles and his girlfriend, Breanna. But at 3:30 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 22, things took a drastic turn when the couple noticed several people screaming for help.

Today, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners recognized Andrew and Breanna for their heroism in saving lives. They received medals of courage and honor during the BOCC commission meeting. 

“We were fortunate enough to be there, and we wish we could have done more,” Andrew said during the meeting, after receiving his medal.

According to the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department, a family was on the sandbar when a beach ball fell into the river. An 11-year-old girl, Rebecca, went into the water to retrieve the ball, but was pulled under the water by the recirculating currents. Two more children and an adult rushed in after her to try and rescue the little girl. All three of these individuals were also overpowered by the currents. 

Andrew leapt into action and rescued three people. Sadly, Rebecca perished. After pulling the adult and two children onto his boat, he performed CPR on one child who was in full cardiac arrest. Shortly after, she began breathing again.

“There is no doubt in my mind, that had Andrew not been fishing in that location at that time, this incident would have resulted in four deaths instead of one,” said Fire Chief Michael Callahan, Kansas City Kansas Fire Department. “While Rebecca’s death is a tragedy, the three lives that Andrew saved should be seen and celebrated as heroic. Andrew acted in the highest traditions of the fire service.” 

BOCC Chairman Ed Eilert commended the couple for their actions.

“You have the grateful community appreciating the courage that you demonstrated to do what you could to protect and save residents of our community,” said Chairman Eilert during the Sept. 17 BOCC meeting. “There are not words enough to thank you enough for your willingness to intervene and the quick actions that you took to save several members of a family. Thank you so very much.”

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