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JoCo on the Go: Winter sports during a pandemic
December 4, 2020

On JoCo on the Go, episode #69, hear from Johnson County Park and Recreation District about how winter sports are carrying on with pandemic safety in mind. Learn more about the importance of protecting athletes, spectators, referees, coaches and others from contracting COVID-19. Find out how the pandemic has impacted practices and games and how you can help slow the spread so sports can continue.
 
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.

JCDHE announces shorter quarantine length
December 4, 2020

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its recommendation for the length of time residents should stay in quarantine following close contact with someone who has COVID-19, if they are asymptomatic. Previously, quarantine lasted for a full 14 days. Now, as long as you don't develop symptoms, you can go about normal activities earlier. Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has adopted these recommendations.

You now have two options for when quarantine ends:

  • Get tested on day 5 or later of an exposure to someone with COVID-19. If the test results are negative and you have no symptoms, you can go about normal activities on the eighth day. 
  • If you choose not to get tested and have no symptoms, you are out of quarantine on the 11th day.

In both instances, you should continue to monitor your symptoms for the full 14 days. If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate.

Nursing homes and correctional facilities will continue to follow the full 14-day quarantine guidelines, as before. 

JoCo Library releases Navigating COVID-19 resource
December 2, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all differently. And it's especially challenging for those who have limited digital access or skills. To help you navigate the pandemic, the Johnson County Library has created a list of resources that cover a variety of topics.

Johnson County Library is the primary organization implementing the Digital Navigators project of the Community Reinvestment Phase II of Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Funding. The goal of this project is to provide support and assistance for Johnson County residents who lack digital access and skills who have been impacted by COVID-19. Johnson County Library staff are connectors to education, career, technology, human services and other resources through our information and public service channels.

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to BOCC
December 1, 2020

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, 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 update include:

  • There were 2,352 new infections last week. Down slightly from 2,378 the week prior. This translates to an average of 336 new infections per day. This is more than twice what was our highest number for three months.
  • When calculated as a rate, we are at 392 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • The positivity rate is 14.5%. Our goal is 5%.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase for school gating criteria continues to be the Red Zone.
  • Hospitalizations (13) and deaths (5) were down last week from 33 and 26.
  • Those that attended a Thanksgiving gathering, should behave as if they are infected. They should wait 5-7 days after gathering to get tested.
  • The CDC is expected to meet this week to determine how the vaccine will be distributed.
  • If you are going to travel during this holiday season, driving is much safer than flying.
BOCC meeting will be held virtually this week, public comments accepted
December 1, 2020

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, this week's Board of County Commissioners meeting will take place virtually, using Zoom, an online meeting tool, to conduct the meeting. Watch the meeting live at 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, Dec. 3. either on our website or Facebook Live.

We will not be accepting live public comments during the meeting. If you would like to make a public comment for the meeting, please email those comments to [email protected] before noon, tomorrow, Dec. 2. Please include your name and address. Comments received by noon will be shared with the entire board prior to the meeting. Comments will not be read into the record during the meeting. If you are unable to email the comments, you may call the following number, and we will record your information, 913-715-0424.

Blue Angels land at New Century AirCenter for first time since '54
December 1, 2020

The Blue Angel #7 made an impressive arrival in New Century this morning, Dec 1. The jet made a precision low level “smoke on” approach in what is known as a “Carrier Break” to the east before circling and landing. Two Naval Aviators arrived in one of the team’s legacy F/A-18 fighter aircraft.

Representatives from the U. S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron the Blue Angels were originally scheduled to arrive Nov. 18, but the trip was postponed due to mechanical issues. The visit is part of preparations for the KC Air Show presented by Garmin to be held at the New Century AirCenter on July 3 and 4, 2021. 

Upon arrival they held a media briefing. Afterward, they reviewed operational plans, toured the airport and worked on other logistics for the team’s participation in the air show. 

Aaron Otto, executive director of the Johnson County Airport Commission, was on hand to deliver remarks. “It's an honor to be hosting the U.S. Navy Blue Angels at the same airfield where John Glenn received his military wings in 1942. The New Century AirCenter was previously the Olathe Naval Air Station.This will be the Blue Angels first performance at the Johnson County airfield since 1954, and the first major airshow to feature a military service branch performance team at New Century in over 20 years.” 
 
Johnson County is home to the third busiest airport in Kansas at New Century with Johnson County Executive Airport as the fourth busiest in the state.

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