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Phone: 913-715-0725

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

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Struggles continue for people with disabilities
July 15, 2020

Throughout the month of July, Johnson County will remember the 30th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The impacts of the ADA have affected everyone in our country, regardless of ability. Our industries, economy and communities thrive when all people have access to employment, voting, and are fully integrated without barriers. Over the past 30 years, we have seen how making our country more accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities has a positive effect on the country at large, but there is more work to do.

“There are still issues that we, people with disabilities, are still fighting for,” said De Linda Brite, a case manager for Deaf Adult Services at Johnson County Developmental Supports.

“Not too long ago, a friend of mine who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, was thrown out of his wheelchair, onto a sidewalk somewhere in the metro area of KC because there were cracks or ‘potholes’ on the sidewalk where one of his wheels got caught. He ended up having some stitches on his face. I was with someone recently in the ER, and we had to fight for his rights to an interpreter. It’s been 30 years, but there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. We’re not done yet.”

Advocacy continues in an effort to strengthen the ADA, encourage communities to increase enforcement and ensure upkeep of the infrastructure.

This article is excerpted from a longer story about the history of the ADA written by Melissa Reeves of JCDS for the next edition of JoCo Magazine, available in September.

Johnson County enforcement of Governor's executive order requiring masks
July 15, 2020

On Thursday, July 2, Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order #20-52 requiring that most Kansans must wear a mask while in public spaces, and in outdoor spaces where individuals are unable to maintain physical distancing of six feet. That same day, the Board of County Commissioners voted in support of that mandate.

If you are seeking enforcement of the Governor's mask order, contact the consumer fraud hotline at the District Attorney's Office, 913-715-3003. DO NOT CALL 911.

The Governor’s Executive Order #20-52, requiring masks, is currently in place until Sept. 15. Pursuant to House Bill 2016, the duration of this executive order would only change if the order is rescinded by the Governor, the order is revoked by concurrent resolution of the Kansas Legislature, or the state of disaster emergency (currently set to terminate on Sept.15) is extended in time by the Kansas Legislature.

JCDHE Director provides COVID-19 update to BOCC
July 14, 2020

On Tuesday, July 14, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written update to the Board of County Commissioners on COVID-19.

Highlights from the briefing include:

  • COVID-19 cases and clusters are increasing (In the first 10 days of July, we had more cases reported than were reported in the entire month of June).
  • The increase in cases is not explained by increased testing. The percent positive is increasing.
  • Most of the new cases are occurring outside of long-term care facilities.
  • 30-40 people are working daily on case investigation and contract tracing activities.
  • JCDHE is exploring ways to increase testing capacity. Demand for testing has increased.
Businesses pledge support of mask requirement
July 14, 2020

More than 100 of the region’s business, civic and nonprofit leaders have signed an open letter circulated by Comeback KC pledging to require employees and customers to wear face masks at work and in their business facilities. Signatories commit to these key steps to help protect our community:

Require employees to wear masks, indoors whenever 6 feet of spacing cannot be accomplished, and outdoors whenever there is prolonged contact (10+ minutes) within 6 feet.
Require customers and clients to wear masks in stores and facilities;
Provide high-quality masks to employees, clients and customers who need them.

“We want Kansas City to bounce back safely, and one of the most practical ways to ensure that is to wear a mask,” said Wendy Guillies, President and CEO, Kauffman Foundation, and one of the signatories to the document.

The open letter notes that the science is clear - wearing masks is the easiest, best way to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the community, keeping Kansas City employees and customers safe, and allowing businesses, civic organizations, and nonprofit agencies to remain open.

Learn more about the open letter.

Quarantine list updated
July 14, 2020

On July 14, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment removed three states from the quarantine list: Alabama, Arkansas and South Carolina. Additionally, KDHE has modified its international travel list from all international travel to just countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice and restrictions on entry into the United States, plus Bahrain and French Guiana. Those traveling internationally are subject to CDC re-entry guidance and protocols.

Learn more about the travel-related quarantine guidance.

Johnson County District Court has no in-person proceedings at the courthouse this week
July 13, 2020

Over the past several weeks, the Johnson County District Court has been constantly reviewing plans and its timetable for the phased re-entry into the courthouse and a return to full in-person operations. 

Given the rise people testing positive for the coronavirus, including people in the Court family itself and those who use the courthouse regularly in the practice of law, and other cases of people known to staff personally who have tested positive in the past few days, Chief Judge Ryan, in consultation with the Pandemic Response Team, has concluded the most prudent step is to call off all of the in-person hearings or other proceedings scheduled for the courthouse the week of July 13. 

"We must be cautious and responsible to minimize exposure to ourselves, our staff and the public who use the courthouse facilities expecting to be safe. We must remember we are still dealing with a highly contagious and unpredictable disease that is extremely dangerous to certain high-risk individuals around us," a release from the Court said.

For these same reasons, members of the public are restricted from coming to the Clerk’s Office or any Court-related offices for any purpose and will return to the phone/email/online means of assisting the public and the attorneys for this coming week.

The Court will continue to review the ever-changing situation. If you have questions about a particular case, contact the assigned division. 

Learn more about Johnson County District Court.

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