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COVID-19 data FAQs help address common questions
August 19, 2020

Data play an important role in determining the spread of COVID-19 in Johnson County. In an effort to help residents, policy makers, stakeholders and others make informed decisions, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is continually updating and enhancing its COVID-19 data dashboard. You'll notice some additional changes today, in the Gating Criteria section - it now highlights at the top, percent positive tests, cases per 100,000 people (for the last seven days), and indicates the current new cases trend (based on a 14-day moving average).

In addition to these new features, you'll also find on jocogov.org/coronavirus, frequently asked questions about data. We know sifting through the various sections on the dashbaord may leave you with additional questions, so please visit the FAQs. We appreciate the feedback we've received from this newsletter and on social media to help us determine these common questions to answer.

COVID-19 impact stories needed
August 19, 2020

Johnson County has an allocation of approximately $30 million in COVID Relief Funds to invest into our community. These funds are part of a larger federal distribution to the county, and make up Phase II of our CARES Act funding program. We have identified six key areas where we want to make a difference:

  • Mental health
  • Aging
  • Housing
  • Small business assistance
  • Workforce development
  • Digital access

To optimize these dollars in our community, we want to understand how COVID-19 has impacted our residents, businesses and organizations. These stories will make up one step of a process that will culminate in the development of several proposals to be considered by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Aug. 21. Learn more about the request for impact stories.

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Johnson County works with school superintendents on updated gating criteria, recommendations
August 18, 2020

Johnson County public health officials and school district leaders met today, Aug. 18, to review the most recent science and data regarding the spread of COVID-19 infections within the county. School districts will use this information as guidance to make decisions for each of their districts regarding the safest learning mode to begin the 2020-2021 school year.

Consistent with the gating criteria released earlier and based on the number of new infections and the trajectory of positivity rate, Johnson County is in the Red zone and is recommending:

  • Elementary schools should make available in-class learning, with safe opening principles
  • Elementary extra and cocurricular activities should be remote only
  • Middle and high schools and all extra and cocurricular activities should be remote only

“The spread of the virus is still increasing in Johnson County. The risk of exposure to the virus is low in schools when community transmission is low,” said Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola. “Unfortunately, we have not met the threshold in the school gating criteria for a safe return to in-person learning, even for a hybrid model.”

JCDHE stressed that while this is the current state of the data, it is possible for circumstances to change, if people are willing to make it happen. Physical distancing, mask use and avoiding large crowds are vital steps to stop the spread of the virus. 

Learn more about today's meeting and current data on COVID-19 in Johnson County, including a new gating criteria data point being used.

Read a letter from Johnson County public health officials to families.

JCDHE is providing recommendations only. For details on your school's reopening plan, contact your school or district.

Regional hospital data now available
August 18, 2020

Data plays an important role in detecting how COVID-19 transmission is occurring in Johnson County. It's also essential to developing informed decisions about stopping the spread of the virus. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment provides daily updates to COVID-19 data on a publicly available dashboard - including positives, positive percentages, negatives, recovered cases, along with a breakdown of key demographic information. JCDHE is always evaluating these indicators and making adjustments to the dashboard to help residents, policy makers, stakeholders better understand disease trends.

In its latest effort to provide important indicators of COVID-19 transmission and related health care impacts, the county has worked closely with its regional partners to make available KC metro data on hospital utilization. That data is available through the Mid-America Regional Council.

JoCo on the Go: Mental health and the pandemic
August 18, 2020

On JoCo on the Go, episode #54, hear from Johnson County Mental Health Center experts about how the physical distancing that comes as part of stopping the spread of COVID-19 is taking a toll. Learn how the disruption of our daily lives can leave some feeling lonely and dysregulated. JCMHC experts will offer tips for adults to find new ways for self-care and for families to emotionally prepare for the upcoming school year.
 
Look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Learn more about JoCo on the Go.

Johnson County to continue conversation with school superintendents tomorrow
August 17, 2020

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Dr. Sanmi Areola will meet with the county’s six school superintendents on Tuesday, Aug. 18, to discuss the county’s latest COVID-19 infection data. No decisions will be made at this meeting.

The Johnson County gating criteria only recommend a safe learning mode for academic instruction and school-related activities. How districts apply them to student and staff requirements for attendance or work is a district-level decision. School districts plan to start communicating with their families later tomorrow or in the coming days.

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