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JCDHE director provides COVID-19 disease and vaccine update to BOCC
March 31, 2021

On Tuesday, March 30, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written COVID-19 disease and vaccine update to the Board of County Commissioners.

Highlights from the update include:

  • There were 230 new infections last week. That's up from 222 the week prior. This translates to an average of 33 new infections per day. 
  • When calculated as a rate, we are at 38 cases per 100,000 residents per week. 
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase is the Yellow Zone.
  • COVID-19 testing remains available throughout the county, through JCDHE and state-sponsored locations. See further below in this email for additional details.
  • Johnson County is currently serving Phases 1-5 of the state's vaccination plan. Those who live/work in Johnson County, who are 16+ can complete the all-phases interest survey to receive a vaccine.
  • The new vaccination clinic site in Lenexa is up and running.
JoCo on the Go: Restrictions roll back…some
March 30, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #85, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment officials about the new public health order that rolls back some restrictions. While there may less capacity issues for businesses, the experts reiterate the importance of continued safety precautions through vaccine distribution. Learn how vaccinations are going and when it will be your turn to roll up your sleeve. Content from this episode was recorded on March 25.
 
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.

State of the County addressed A Resilient Community
March 30, 2021

This year’s State of the County address took place virtually due to the pandemic. The community could watch it online or on Facebook, and follow the hashtag #JoCoSOTC on Twitter live during the event.

The Johnson County Public Policy Council sponsors the annual event. This year, Lenexa Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Laura Baldwin introduced the chairman, by video.

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Johnson County approves new health order
March 26, 2021

Today, the Board of County Commissioners approved a new Public Health Order proposed by Local Health Officer Joseph LeMaster, M.D., and Johnson County Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola. It includes requirements for physical distancing in public spaces and the wearing of face masks. The order is effective from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 26, through 11:59 p.m., on April 30, 2021.

The BOCC also approved the establishment of COVID-19 community goals. If the following goals are achieved by the end of April, public health mitigation strategies in Johnson County will move from orders and mandates to “strong recommendations.”

Those goals include:

  • At least 50% of eligible Johnson County residents have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The number of new cases per 100,000 residents is less than 50.
  • The Percent Positivity Rate remains below 5%.

Learn more about the public health order.

JCDHE director provides update on COVID-19 and vaccines
March 23, 2021

On Tuesday, March 23, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written update on COVID-19 and vaccines to the Board of County Commissioners.

Highlights from the update include:

  • Vaccine priorities this week include those 65+, K-12, child care staff, first responders, health care workers, long-term care residents and staff, vulnerable populations, high-contact workers and those 16-64 with medical conditions.
  • All Johnson County residents and workers in any phase can now complete the vaccine interest survey.
  • The new Lenexa vaccine clinic is up and running. Learn more further below in this e-newsletter.
  • There were 222 new infections last week, That's down from 232 the week prior. This translates into an average of 32 new infections per day.
  • When calculated as a rate, we're at 37 cases per 100,000 residents per week.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is incidence rate. Our recommended phase for school gating criteria is the Yellow Zone.
  • COVID-19 testing remains available on JCDHE and state-sponsored sites through gogettested.com.
JoCo on the Go: Detecting the coronavirus in unlikely places
March 23, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #84, Johnson County health and environment and wastewater experts join the discussion about detecting COVID-19 and its variants in wastewater. You’ll also hear from a scientist with The University of Kansas Research who’s leading this innovative work in Kansas. She’ll talk about what her studies show us and how this research is helping state and local leaders make informed decisions to keep us safe.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to date, no one has become sick with COVID-19 from direct exposure to treated or untreated wastewater. Learn more from the CDC.

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.

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