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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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Vaccine clinic for those 80+ continues, improved process yields positive results
January 28, 2021

After concerning feedback Tuesday regarding older adults standing in long lines in the cold at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's vaccination clinic, JCDHE acted quickly to improve the process as it continued with day two this week of vaccinating those 80+.

Improvements included warming stations in buses, physical distancing enforcement and adding space to spread out and get in the building sooner. Participants today experienced a vastly improved vaccination clinic. 

Hear from them below.

JCDHE to host live virtual news conference tomorrow for another vaccine update
January 28, 2021

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will host a live virtual news conference tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 28, to provide another update on vaccine distribution in the county. 

Watch live on Facebook at 4 p.m. The video will be included through YouTube in tomorrow's e-newsletter in case you miss it. Register for the e-newsletter.

BOCC to address pandemic-related items, including public health order
January 27, 2021

At 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, the Board of County Commissioners will, among other pandemic-related items, discuss its public health order set to expire Jan. 31. Order 002-20 was adopted on Nov. 19. The BOCC, sitting as the Board of Public Health will consider continued restrictions in public spaces that pertain to physical distancing.

Other COVID-19 items on the agenda include the COVID-19 funding and expense reports, Coronavirus Relief Fund, Phase 1 reimbursement and a public health update.

Watch the meeting live on our website or on Facebook Live.

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to the BOCC
January 27, 2021

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

Highlights from the report include:

Vaccine

  • Johnson County is in Phase 2, Tier 1 (those 80+ and anyone eligible under Phase 1, second doses.
  • JCDHE has administered 11,112 doses.
  • Johnson County hospital systems, including AdventHealth, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional, Olathe Health, St. Luke’s Hospital and others will provide vaccinations to people 65 and older. Children’s Mercy will vaccinate K-12 school personnel (public and private) and childcare providers. Health Partnership Clinic will assist with Food and agricultural workers.
  • As we receive more vaccine, we will open up more clinics.

COVID-19

  • There were 1,369 new infections last week. That's down from 1,965 the week prior. This translates to an average of 196 new infections per day.
  • When calculated as a rate, we are at 128 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • The positivity rate is 9.5%. Our goal is 5%.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase for school gating criteria is Red Zone.
  • KDHE has stood up additional testing sites throughout Johnson County. These sites are the only ones without a minimum age requirement for testing. Appointments at these locations can be scheduled at gogettested.com.
Johnson County observes Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 27, 2021

Today, Jan. 27, Johnson County observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a video of Judy Jacobs of Overland Park, Kansas.

A Holocaust survivor, Judy, then a child, and her parents were incarcerated in the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in Germany. She had family members, including her grandparents, who were killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp/infamous death camp and another Nazi-forced labor camp.

Her video was featured in the 2020 Johnson County Veterans Day celebration honoring World War II veterans and the 75th anniversary ending to the war and the Holocaust.

Holocaust Remembrance Day is an annual observance to commemorate the date when Auschwitz-Birkenau in occupied Poland was liberated in 1945. About 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945.

Photos of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in Germany

Liberation at concentration camp

Liberation at concentration camp

Phase 2, Tier 1 COVID-19 vaccine distribution begins this week in Johnson County
January 25, 2021

Tier 1: People 65+, emergency responders, education, childcare and food and agriculture workers

This week, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will start vaccinating those in Phase 2 of the state's vaccination plan, beginning with those 80 and older.

Using the initial Phase 2 survey responses, JCDHE contacted respondents by phone and email in the 80+ category to book a vaccine appointment. Based on vaccines supplies received from the state, all 7,584 slots have been booked for this week. This includes those 80+ and those from Phase 1 (primarily health care workers), who are either receiving their first or second doses of vaccine. Vaccine clinics will be held Tuesday through Friday, this week. When the 80+ group has been vaccinated, JCDHE will move to the next age group.

Johnson County has prioritized residents and workers in Phase 2 based on those at higher risk for complications and COVID-19 exposure. Phase 2 includes three tiers.

  • Tier 1: 65+, educators/school staff, childcare staff, emergency responders and food and agriculture workers (additional subgroups will be identified as vaccine becomes available)
  • Tier 2: Homeless shelters and other homeless housing settings and dwelling places; congregate child care institutions, adult and child protective services; emergency shelters or safe houses for victims of domestic violence; corrections facilities, including jails and juvenile justice facilities; behavioral health institutions (including mental health institutions) and residential treatment centers; adult care homes, residents and staff in home-plus facilities not covered in Phase 1; any remaining senior living homes; home care givers (paid or unpaid), personal care aides
  • Tier 3: All unvaccinated persons prioritized in previous phases; water and wastewater; the U.S. Postal Service; Department of Motor Vehicles; retail, warehouses and sales outlets; companies that supply critical services or materials for the COVID-19 response (e.g. personal protective equipment)

People in all phases of Phase 2 should continue to take an interest survey available at jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine. When doses become available, subsets of groups who completed the survey will receive an email with instructions on booking an appointment.

Health systems in Johnson County have begun to contact patients in their systems to gauge interest in receiving the vaccine. People in Tier 1 of Phase 2 should also reach out to their primary care physician and inquire about vaccination availability. Other partners will serve as vaccination locations for specific groups:

Further instructions on booking appointments through these providers will be available on jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine.

Those in Phase 1 who have not received a vaccine may still receive their first dose during Phase 2. Second doses have been reserved for those who have already received their first doses.

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