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It's Okay if You're Not Okay podcast
January 15, 2021

In the most recent episode of the It's Okay if You're not Okay podcast, Keith, Kate, John and Renee took on the claim that "2020 stunk" (or worse) head-on by sharing experiences they were grateful for or proud of that happened during the year.

The practice of pausing and identifying relationships, experiences or accomplishments that we are grateful for is a helpful practice for coping with difficult times. Look out, though, because it could quickly become toxic positivity.

Listen to this Johnson County Mental Health Center podcast.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds select airshow at New Century AirCenter for 2022 show season
January 14, 2021

KC Air Show Charities, producer of the KC Air Show, announce that the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “The Thunderbirds” have selected New Century AirCenter as one of their sites for the 2022 show season. This marks the fourth consecutive year the KC Air Show has been chosen to host one of America’s premier military jet performance teams. 

The Thunderbirds will make their first visit to the metro area in 14 years, headlining the 2022 KC Air Show on Sept. 3-4, 2022, at New Century AirCenter. Stationed at Nellis Air Force Base just outside of Las Vegas since 1956 and originally founded in 1953, the team is composed of eight pilots, four support officers, 120 enlisted Airmen and three civilians serving in 28 Air Force job specialties.

The Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform their legendary aerial demonstration at the KC Air Show, along with a star-studded lineup of military, civilian and aerobatic performers. For more information about the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, visit https://afthunderbirds.com/site/.  

Tickets for the 2021 KC Air Show presented by Garmin scheduled for July 3-4, are available now. The show will feature the return of the United States Navy Blue Angels, performing in their new F/A-18E/F Super Hornets in celebration of the team’s 75th Anniversary season. The 2021 KC Air Show is also at the New Century AirCenter and features the world class the performer lineup shown on the KC Air Show website at https://kcairshow.org/performers/

"KC AIR SHOW is committed to the safety and well-being of all participants involved in the Air Show and will adhere to COVID-19 guidance and expectations as set forth by Johnson County and state of Kansas Health officials," said Kerry Floyd, event organizer.

Details of the KC Air Show are available on the KC Air Show’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KCAirshow/.

JoCo on the Go podcast - Courthouse completed, many services remain virtual during pandemic
January 14, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #75, hear from some of those who led the Johnson County Courthouse construction project. Find out the new features at the facility that will allow the county to better serve residents. Learn about how the project progressed and how it finished on time and on budget. Hear what’s next with the project as the old building comes down and is replaced by the Johnson County Square. 
Get more information about how court services are being provided. 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.

JCDHE shares data on vaccines received and administered
January 13, 2021

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has the following update regarding COVID-19 vaccines recently received:

  • Received 1,000 doses from Health Partnership Clinic on Jan. 11
  • Received 1,000 doses from KU Medical Center on Jan. 12
  • Will receive 3,900 doses from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Thursday, Jan. 14

JCDHE will conduct vaccination clinics this week with the goal of vaccinating 1,000 health care workers each day. 

In addition, KU Medical Center will open a clinic this week, including this weekend, to vaccinate 1,700 Johnson County health care workers. JCDHE and KU Medical Center are working on the logistics of how to get people registered for vaccination at their facility.

If you are a health care-associated worker, and your employer has not provided a date for you to be vaccinated, please have someone from your office complete the online form to let JCDHE know your staff is interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have already completed this form, no further action is needed. By completing the form, health care practices/organizations will be placed on a list and will be notified when the vaccine becomes available.

Prior to today, JCDHE had received 1,200 doses from KDHE and 2,800 from Health Partnership Clinic. At this time, in following the state’s plan, JCDHE is only vaccinating health care-associated workers, EMS and public health staff. JCDHE has registered more than 25,000 health care providers to be vaccinated.

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to the BOCC
January 13, 2021

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written COVID-19 update to the Board of County Commissioners.

Highlights from the briefing include: 

  • There were 2,396 new infections last week. That's up from 2,045 the week prior. This translates to an average of 342 new infections per day. This is more than twice what was our highest number for three months.
  • When calculated as a rate, we are at 399 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents. 
  • The positivity rate is 14.7%. Our goal is 5%.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase for school gating criteria is the 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 www.gogettested.com.
  • The state is currently in Phase 1 of the vaccination rollout plan. Those being vaccinated include health care workers, long-term care facility residents and those supporting continuity of government services during the pandemic.
Johnson County holds swearing-in ceremony for three new, two re-elected officials
January 11, 2021

The Honorable Ryan Kelly, chief judge of the Tenth Judicial District Court, administered the oath of office to three new and two re-elected Johnson County officials during an inaugural ceremony on Monday, Jan. 11.

In his opening remarks, Judge Kelly, noted that the county’s 2021 swearing-in ceremony was unprecedented as he had never presided over such an event which was offered virtually, made necessary by the precautions being taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following officials were inducted to their elected county office as part of the proceedings:

Steve Howe, District Attorney. Howe was elected to a four-term term in the 2020 General Elections on Nov. 3, 2020, his third term since first being elected in 2008. 

Calvin Hayden, Sheriff. He was re-elected to a second four-year term in the November General Elections. 

Jeff Meyers, Second District Commissioner. A former member of the Shawnee City Council, he succeeds Jim Allen, Shawnee, who served on the Board of County Commissioners for the past 12 years. The Second District includes the cities of Shawnee and Lake Quivira along with northern Lenexa.

Charlotte O’Hara, Third District Commissioner. O’Hara succeeds Steve Klika who served two terms as a member of the Board of County Commissioners, representing the city of Spring Hill, the southern half of the cities of Overland Park and Leawood, and the southeastern unincorporated quadrant of the county. 

Shirley Allenbrand, Sixth District Commissioner. She succeeds Mike Brown who served on the Board for four years. The Sixth District includes the cities of Gardner, De Soto, Edgerton, the western portion of Olathe, and unincorporated areas in southwestern and western Johnson County.