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Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
Vision: The Innovative Leader for Community Health and Environmental Protection.
Mission: To Protect the Health and Environment, Prevent Disease and Promote Wellness for All who Live, Work and Play in Johnson County through Exceptional Public Service.

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Potential Changes to Yard Waste and Bulky Item Collection Due to COVID-19
March 27, 2020

Due to feedback we have heard from trash haulers and amid concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is temporarily allowing trash haulers to make the decision not to pick up anything by hand that is outside your regular trash or recycle bins. Materials this will affect will include curbside yard waste collection, bulky item pickup, and recycling that isn't in your curbside bin. TRASH AND RECYCLING WILL STILL BE COLLECTED AS USUAL AT THIS TIME. If you have questions about your service, please contact your trash collection company.
1. Yard Waste- there are several ways that you can deal with your yard waste on site including starting a backyard compost bin, mulch mowing leaves, and leaving grass clippings on your lawn. If you can put off yard projects for a few weeks For more info on how you can handle your yard waste: www.jocogov.org/…/envir…/recycling/yard-waste-and-composting

2. Bulky item pickup- Large trash items can still be self-hauled to the Johnson County Landfill as of this post. Again, if you can hold off on large projects for a few weeks. Contact your trash collection company to see if they are still collecting bulky items.

3. Recycling- Keep your recyclables in the bin. If you have excess cardboard that won't fit in your bin, you can either save it for the next collection or drop them off at either the Overland Park Recycling Center located off of 119th St. and Hardy or the community drop off bins located in the Walmart parking lot off of 135th St and Blackbob.

If you have any questions post them on here, message us, call 913-715-6936 or email Brandon Hearn

 
 
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
May 12, 2020

Please see jocogov.org/coronavirus for the latest update on COVID-19 cases in Johnson County. If you have health-related questions about COVID-19, call the Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline at (913) 715-2819, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

EMPLOYERS: There is NO public health recommendation that employees who are ill must test negative for COVID-19 before returning to work or get a COVID-19 test in order to take sick leave. At this time, we recommend anyone with an illness to isolate at home for 10 days since onset of symptoms, 72 hours fever free (without the use of fever-reducing medication), and significant improvement in symptoms. JCDHE will not be providing letters for employees to clear them to return to work.

Here are a few things you can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community:

  1. High-risk individuals need to be extra careful. People over age 60, people with a weakened immune system and those with chronic medical conditions are most at risk for serious illness (including hospitalization and death) from COVID-19 and should avoid being around anyone who is ill or near large crowds (more than 10 people).
  2. Cover your cough and sneeze. COVID-19 is transmitted when people cough or sneeze near others and those respiratory droplets are breathed in by a nearby person or when someone touches an infected surface and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.
  3. If you’re sick, isolate at home. Separate yourself from others in your household by using a separate bedroom and bathroom. If that’s not possible, distance yourself (at least 6 feet apart) from others and disinfect surfaces on a regular basis.
  4. Call your primary healthcare provider if you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever and cough or shortness of breath) to discuss whether you should be tested for COVID-19 and other possible reasons for illness. You do not need to go to the hospital emergency room to get tested.
  5. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If that’s not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  6. Wear a mask or cloth face covering in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores, pharmacies, big box stores).

Additional resources and information can be found on the following websites:

Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste facility remains open, Free Store closed
March 24, 2020

The Johnson County, KS Household Hazardous Waste facility is still open and taking new appointments. 

If you do make an appointment please be aware of the following:

  • Residents are required to stay in their vehicles while dropping off waste. Johnson County staff will unload your vehicle
  • The Free Store will be closed until further notice. Paint can still be purchased but only one resident at a time can purchase paint, must abide by the other social distancing requirements, and follow the directions of staff.
  • Staff and residents are being instructed to observe the 6 foot social distance.
  • Staff always wears safety glasses and gloves as part of our operation plan.
  • Drop offs are conducted in the open air and not in confined spaces.
Mission health clinic closed Dec. 24-30, 2019
December 20, 2019

The Mission health clinic is closed Dec. 24-30, 2019. If you need walk-in services over the holidays, please visit our Olathe health clinic (11875 S. Sunset Drive). The Olathe clinic will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2019. Both health clinics will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2019. All Johnson County government offices are closed Dec. 25, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2020. 

Notice Concerning Proposed Phase II Acid Rain Permit
November 22, 2019

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is proposing to issue a five-year permit to the West Gardner Generating Station, 18827 South Dillie Road, Edgerton, Kanas 66021 pursuant to Title IV (Acid Deposition Control) of the Federal Clean Air Act.

The proposed permit, accompanied with supporting information, is available, free of charge, at the KDHE BOA Public Notice website: http://www.kdheks.gov/bar/publicnotice.html.

In order to be considered in formulating a final permit decision, written comments must be received no later than noon on Monday, December 23, 2019. Click this link to read the public notice: https://jocogov.org/dept/health-and-environment/environment/air-quality/public-notices

 

New check-in procedure for health clinics starts October 21
October 17, 2019

Starting on Monday, Oct. 21, clients who come to the Olathe or Mission health clinics for walk-in services will check-in electronically using the iPads stationed in the lobby or with a staff member at the customer service window. This new procedure allows us to better estimate wait times for walk-in services. Remote check-ins will no longer be available via the QLess smartphone app or our website.   

Tuberculosis skin tests resume at health clinics
October 11, 2019

Tuberculosis (TB) skin testing has resumed at JCDHE’s Olathe and Mission health clinics on a walk-in basis. The nationwide shortage of tuberculin skin testing supplies is over. Our clinics also offer TB blood tests (IGRA). More information about TB testing is located here

Child care providers can pick up background check packets
December 18, 2019

Child Care Licensing staff will distribute background check packets to licensed child care providers who are eligible for license renewal at the Child Care Licensing office located in the Sunset Drive Office Building (11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 2700, Olathe) during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-5 p.m.) or by calling 913-477-8339 to schedule a pick-up on weekdays before 8 a.m. Packets are also available 30 minutes prior to the start of all evening child care licensing classes.

Kansas law requires a comprehensive background check for each individual residing, working or regularly volunteering in a licensed child care home, daycare center or school-age program. Please visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's website for answers to frequently asked questions and deadlines to submit paperwork and fingerprints.

Child care providers can get fingerprinting done at several Johnson County locations. Providers must have their OCA number BEFORE fingerprinting can be done. This is required for both home providers and facilities.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, 588 E. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas offers fingerprinting service Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except holidays). Appointments are available for fingerprints and highly recommended. Appointments require 24-hours advance notice. Walk-ins will be accepted if there is availability, but there may be significant wait times. Schedule an appointment here

Bring the following items with you when you get fingerprinted:

  • Fingerprint card (with top part completed)
  • Square return mail envelope with $1 postage attached
  • Waiver consent form
  • Payment page (completed for credit card payment) or check/money order 
  • A government-issued ID (Driver’s license/State ID/Passport)  

Leave the envelope and all contents with the police officer. The law enforcement agency taking the fingerprints is responsible for mailing the envelope. If you are paying for more than one person, attach a list of names that your payment covers.

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