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County Manager's Office

Phone: 913-715-0725

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

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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BOCC addresses COVID-19, among other items
September 4, 2020

The BOCC held its regular business session today, Sept. 3, which included the following items related to COVID-19:

  • To date Johnson County Government has identified $5,760,119.71 in costs which are eligible for CARES Act reimbursement and received $129,856,921.57 in federal funds. More information is available here.
  • The BOCC authorized disbursement of funds as indicated on the Coronavirus Relief Fund Reimbursement Report dated Sept. 3, plus a funding request for the City of Edgerton that did not appear on the report. 
  • Assistant County Manager Joe Connor provided a look at the new hospital data dashboard hosted by the Mid-America Regional Council. 
  • Dr. Sanmi Areola gave a public health update. In addition to presenting the latest data, he provided an update on working with our school districts on broad saliva testing in schools, as well as reminded us to avoid larger gatherings and house parties as we celebrate Labor Day weekend. Read his full report.
Coronavirus doesn't take a holiday
September 4, 2020

As we approach the three-day holiday weekend, it's important to not let our guards down regarding COVID-19, according to Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. Positive COVID-19 case counts have consistently increased following holidays, due to gatherings.

While we wish everyone a relaxing and enjoyable holiday, we encourage residents to continue to follow the safety precautions to keep yourself and others safe from contracting the virus.

  • Maintain six feet of physical distance from others
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, and hand sanitizer, when soap is unavailable.
  • Stay home when you're sick.

JoCo on the podcast - COVID-19 update
September 4, 2020

On JoCo on the Go, episode #56, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment leaders to get the latest on COVID-19 in the county. You’ll hear why it’s important to not let your guard down as we enter into a long holiday weekend. They’ll also discuss the effectiveness of masks and why masks, combined with other safety measures are useful tools to protect ourselves and others in the community. Also, hear about antibody testing and the health department’s response to recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention messages about mortality rates among those with COVID-19.

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.

PPE deadline today
September 4, 2020

The deadline for Johnson County businesses and organizations to request Personal Protective Equipment made available by the state of Kansas is 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4. These are requests for a 90-day supply of the following items:

  • Disposable masks
  • Face shields
  • Cloth reusable (washable) gowns

There is no cost to receive the PPE. For more information or to request items, visit jocogov.org/ppe.

Johnson County participates in live community discussions
September 3, 2020

Today, Sept. 2, Johnson County leaders participated in two separate live community events regarding COVID-19 - a Shawnee Mission School District town hall and a discussion involving area chief medical officers.

SMSD town hall - Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola and JCDHE Director of Epidemiology Elizabeth Holzschuh were panelists for the town hall. They talked about minimizing the risk of COVID-19 with the reopening of schools. The health officials also discussed details of additional COVID-19 testing, involving saliva samples (read more below).

Watch a rebroadcast of the town hall.

Chief Medical Officer discussion - Johnson County Chairman Ed Eilert was part of a Kansas City regional chief medical officer video conference call. The discussion, hosted by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce included elected officials and those representing hospitals throughout the metro. They discussed the pandemic and its impact on the health care system. They also discussed the importance of wearing masks, physical distancing and hand hygiene.

Watch a rebroadcast of the chief medical officer call.

Saliva tests for schools
September 3, 2020

Today, Sept. 2, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment announced that within the next few weeks it will provide thousands of saliva tests to Johnson County K-12 schools. This is part of a strategy to stop COVID-19.

Preliminary plans include testing broadly to get a better picture of what is occurring in schools and the community in order to make informed public health decisions. The frequency of testing is yet to be determined. JCDHE expects to have access to several thousand tests, enough to do “on demand’ testing and to monitor spread of the virus in students, teachers and staff. 

On Thursday, Aug. 27, the Board of County Commissioners authorized $200,000 for an agreement with Clinical Reference Laboratory, Inc. (CRL) for COVID-19 testing supplies and processing services. On July 31, CRL announced Emergency Use Authorization from the Federal Drug Administration for a COVID-19 diagnostic test that utilizes the saliva from individuals. 

Read more about saliva testing in Johnson County schools.

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