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Reopening Johnson County guide (PDF). Accessible version (PDF).

Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas

Daily update video

 

BOCC will address COVID-19 during regularly scheduled meeting, Thursday, May 7

At 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, May 7, the Board of County Commissioners will again hold its meeting virtually to address, among other items, the county's response to COVID-19.

View Thursday's agenda.

Watch the BOCC meeting live.

#ApartNotAlone challenge announced

We’re witnessing hundreds of random acts of kindness throughout the metro as residents show their love and support for friends and neighbors, essential workers and health care providers.

Participate in a contest sponsored by Friends of Johnson County Mental Health Center to show how you are enhancing both the mental and physical well-being of those in our region by demonstrating being #ApartNotAlone. The entry deadline is May 22. Get more details.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

New grid shows reopening phases

Looking for an easy reference that shows which business, venues and activities open during which phases of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's Reopening Kansas plan? Download our Reopening Johnson County guide (PDF). Accessible version (PDF).

JCDHE supports state, CDC recommendations for using cloth face coverings

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment supports the following recommendations regarding the use of cloth face coverings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

State of Kansas: Guidance for Individuals
Masks: Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear cloth masks in public settings as appropriate.

CDC Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings
CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings that cover the nose and mouth, fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer, but it may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. This would be especially important if someone is infected but does not have symptoms. 

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.

Johnson County follows governor's plan to reopen economy

Johnson County is following the phases of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s Reopening Kansas plan. The local health officer’s order to extend the governor’s stay-at-home order by a week in Johnson County means that the first phase is planned to begin May 11.

It is important to note that while the state plan calls for a May 3 expiration of the stay-at-home order, the governor’s plan allows counties to extend the stay-at-home order. On Thursday, April 30, Johnson County’s Local Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster extended that order through 11:59 p.m., May 10.

Up until the planned beginning of phase one on May 11, only those businesses that are considered as essential businesses by the governor's stay-at-home order will be open.

Here's a look at the governor's Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas (PDF).

For questions about the governor's phased plan, visit covid.ks.gov. Johnson County Customer Service is available to answer questions about timing of Johnson County's reopening at 913-715-5000 (TDD: 800-766-3777) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

JCDHE director updates county commissioners on efforts to contain spread of COVID-19

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Dr. Sanmi Areola, director, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment updated the Board of County Commissioners on the department’s efforts to contain spread of COVID-19 in Johnson County. The update (PDF) included the following information:

  • Total number of confirmed cases is 512
  • A total of forty-five (45) people have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Total number of tests administered: 7,253
  • Total negative results: 6,741
  • Positive results as percentage of total: 7.1%

For more detailed information including sex and age trends and charts, please check the dashboard.

Testing is ongoing in different sectors of our population. Those sectors include:

  • Community population symptoms survey 
  • Testing in the general population 
  • Testing of essential workers 
  • Random testing in Long Term Care Facilities 

Read more about the county’s testing plan.

Additional Updates

  • No change in the gating criteria being monitoring within Johnson County. 
  • Hospitals have abundant capacity regarding ICU beds, med/surge beds and ventilators.
  • Hospitals in the region are all beginning the process of opening back up to back log of urgent/non-emergent outpatient surgical procedures.

Helpful messages

Continue to take steps to stop the spread of germs like COVID-19. These include: 

  • Practice social distancing as defined by the CDC (6 feet of distance from others). Avoid large groups. 
  • Wear a cloth face covering when in a community setting, especially in situations where you may be near people. These settings include grocery stores and pharmacies. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

COVID-19 impact on property tax payment options

The Johnson County Treasury and Financial Management department will reopen the tax collection office located at 111 S. Cherry St., Suite 1500, in Olathe, on Monday, May 11, in a limited capacity. The second installment of 2019 property taxes are due on or before Monday, May 11. In order to continue to protect the community’s health and safety and in conjunction with CDC guidelines, below are some recommendations on how to pay property taxes in Johnson County.

It is strongly recommended that taxpayers use these payment options and avoid visiting the office location:

  • By mail – Taxpayers can mail a check along with the payment stub to PO Box 2902, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201. To avoid interest, payments by mail must be postmarked on or before May 11. Do not send cash by mail. It is recommended that cash customers purchase a money order and pay by mail.
  • Online - On taxbill.jocogov.org, tax payments may be submitted electronically using the eCheck option for only $0.50 per transaction, or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) for a 2.4% fee per transaction.

Read additional guidance about in-person payments and the acceptance of partial payments on second half real estate and personal property taxes.

View a list of frequent questions about partial payments.

Food pantries here to help those in need; donate through virtual food drive

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In recent weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now, so Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

The challenge of giving while staying at home is no longer an issue. You can now shop and donate needed food and hygiene items by purchasing through an Amazon Wish List. This Virtual Food Drive will ship items directly to Human Services to distribute donations to its four locations. This is a fast, easy and safe way to support your community.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions?

If you have virus-related questions, call the Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline.

Staffed by school nurses from across Johnson County.
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Non health-related questions, should be directed to:

Johnson County call center

913-715-5000
TDD: 800-766-3777
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

State Reopening Kansas plan

1-866-534-3463

Child care licensing COVID-19 hotline

913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.

Email KDHE or visit coronavirus.kdheks.gov.

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May 6, 2020

Daily update video

 

BOCC will address COVID-19 during regularly scheduled meeting, Thursday, May 7

At 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, May 7, the Board of County Commissioners will again hold its meeting virtually to address, among other items, the county's response to COVID-19.

View Thursday's agenda.

Watch the BOCC meeting live.

#ApartNotAlone challenge announced

We’re witnessing hundreds of random acts of kindness throughout the metro as residents show their love and support for friends and neighbors, essential workers and health care providers.

Participate in a contest sponsored by Friends of Johnson County Mental Health Center to show how you are enhancing both the mental and physical well-being of those in our region by demonstrating being #ApartNotAlone. The entry deadline is May 22. Get more details.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Curbside food drive for Johnson County food pantries

Food pantries in Johnson County are experiencing a 30-40% increase in need due to the rise in unemployment and those experiencing food insecurity from the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the month of May, the Johnson County Food Policy Council, in partnership with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, Johnson County K-State Research & Extension and the City of Overland Park, is organizing curbside pickup of food and hygiene products collected by neighborhood volunteers. All donations will be distributed to Johnson County food pantries.

Sign up to be a neighborhood volunteer to collect donations in your neighborhood. A staff member from JCDHE will contact you to help coordinate and answer any questions.

Learn more about the food drive.

New grid shows reopening phases

Looking for an easy reference that shows which business, venues and activities open during which phases of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's Reopening Kansas plan? Download our Reopening Johnson County guide (PDF). Accessible version (PDF).

JCDHE supports state, CDC recommendations for using cloth face coverings

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment supports the following recommendations regarding the use of cloth face coverings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

State of Kansas: Guidance for Individuals
Masks: Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear cloth masks in public settings as appropriate.

CDC Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings
CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings that cover the nose and mouth, fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer, but it may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. This would be especially important if someone is infected but does not have symptoms. 

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.

Johnson County follows governor's plan to reopen economy

Johnson County is following the phases of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s Reopening Kansas plan. The local health officer’s order to extend the governor’s stay-at-home order by a week in Johnson County means that the first phase is planned to begin May 11.

It is important to note that while the state plan calls for a May 3 expiration of the stay-at-home order, the governor’s plan allows counties to extend the stay-at-home order. On Thursday, April 30, Johnson County’s Local Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster extended that order through 11:59 p.m., May 10.

Up until the planned beginning of phase one on May 11, only those businesses that are considered as essential businesses by the governor's stay-at-home order will be open.

Here's a look at the governor's Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas (PDF).

For questions about the governor's phased plan, visit covid.ks.gov. Johnson County Customer Service is available to answer questions about timing of Johnson County's reopening at 913-715-5000 (TDD: 800-766-3777) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

JCDHE director updates county commissioners on efforts to contain spread of COVID-19

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Dr. Sanmi Areola, director, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment updated the Board of County Commissioners on the department’s efforts to contain spread of COVID-19 in Johnson County. The update (PDF) included the following information:

  • Total number of confirmed cases is 512
  • A total of forty-five (45) people have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Total number of tests administered: 7,253
  • Total negative results: 6,741
  • Positive results as percentage of total: 7.1%

For more detailed information including sex and age trends and charts, please check the dashboard.

Testing is ongoing in different sectors of our population. Those sectors include:

  • Community population symptoms survey 
  • Testing in the general population 
  • Testing of essential workers 
  • Random testing in Long Term Care Facilities 

Read more about the county’s testing plan.

Additional Updates

  • No change in the gating criteria being monitoring within Johnson County. 
  • Hospitals have abundant capacity regarding ICU beds, med/surge beds and ventilators.
  • Hospitals in the region are all beginning the process of opening back up to back log of urgent/non-emergent outpatient surgical procedures.

Helpful messages

Continue to take steps to stop the spread of germs like COVID-19. These include: 

  • Practice social distancing as defined by the CDC (6 feet of distance from others). Avoid large groups. 
  • Wear a cloth face covering when in a community setting, especially in situations where you may be near people. These settings include grocery stores and pharmacies. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

COVID-19 impact on property tax payment options

The Johnson County Treasury and Financial Management department will reopen the tax collection office located at 111 S. Cherry St., Suite 1500, in Olathe, on Monday, May 11, in a limited capacity. The second installment of 2019 property taxes are due on or before Monday, May 11. In order to continue to protect the community’s health and safety and in conjunction with CDC guidelines, below are some recommendations on how to pay property taxes in Johnson County.

It is strongly recommended that taxpayers use these payment options and avoid visiting the office location:

  • By mail – Taxpayers can mail a check along with the payment stub to PO Box 2902, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201. To avoid interest, payments by mail must be postmarked on or before May 11. Do not send cash by mail. It is recommended that cash customers purchase a money order and pay by mail.
  • Online - On taxbill.jocogov.org, tax payments may be submitted electronically using the eCheck option for only $0.50 per transaction, or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) for a 2.4% fee per transaction.

Read additional guidance about in-person payments and the acceptance of partial payments on second half real estate and personal property taxes.

View a list of frequent questions about partial payments.

Food pantries here to help those in need; donate through virtual food drive

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In recent weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now, so Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

The challenge of giving while staying at home is no longer an issue. You can now shop and donate needed food and hygiene items by purchasing through an Amazon Wish List. This Virtual Food Drive will ship items directly to Human Services to distribute donations to its four locations. This is a fast, easy and safe way to support your community.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions?

If you have virus-related questions, call the Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline.

Staffed by school nurses from across Johnson County.
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Non health-related questions, should be directed to:

Johnson County call center

913-715-5000
TDD: 800-766-3777
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

State Reopening Kansas plan

1-866-534-3463

Child care licensing COVID-19 hotline

913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.

Email KDHE or visit coronavirus.kdheks.gov.


May 5, 2020

Daily update video

New grid shows reopening phases

Looking for an easy reference that shows which business, venues and activities open during which phases of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's Reopening Kansas plan? Download our Reopening Johnson County guide (PDF).

JCDHE director updates county commissioners on efforts to contain spread of COVID-19

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Dr. Sanmi Areola, director, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment updated the Board of County Commissioners on the department’s efforts to contain spread of COVID-19 in Johnson County. The update (PDF) included the following information:

  • Total number of confirmed cases is 512
  • A total of forty-five (45) people have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Total number of tests administered: 7,253
  • Total negative results: 6,741
  • Positive results as percentage of total: 7.1%

For more detailed information including sex and age trends and charts, please check the dashboard.

Testing is ongoing in different sectors of our population. Those sectors include:

  • Community population symptoms survey 
  • Testing in the general population 
  • Testing of essential workers 
  • Random testing in Long Term Care Facilities 

Read more about the county’s testing plan.

Additional Updates

  • No change in the gating criteria being monitoring within Johnson County. 
  • Hospitals have abundant capacity regarding ICU beds, med/surge beds and ventilators.
  • Hospitals in the region are all beginning the process of opening back up to back log of urgent/non-emergent outpatient surgical procedures.

Helpful messages

Continue to take steps to stop the spread of germs like COVID-19. These include: 

  • Practice social distancing as defined by the CDC (6 feet of distance from others). Avoid large groups. 
  • Wear a cloth face covering when in a community setting, especially in situations where you may be near people. These settings include grocery stores and pharmacies. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

JCDHE supports state, CDC recommendations for using cloth face coverings

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment supports the following recommendations regarding the use of cloth face coverings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

State of Kansas: Guidance for Individuals
Masks: Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear cloth masks in public settings as appropriate.

CDC Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings
CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings that cover the nose and mouth, fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer, but it may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. This would be especially important if someone is infected but does not have symptoms. 

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.

Johnson County follows governor's plan to reopen economy

Johnson County is following the phases of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s Reopening Kansas plan. The local health officer’s order to extend the governor’s stay-at-home order by a week in Johnson County means that the first phase is planned to begin May 11.

It is important to note that while the state plan calls for a May 3 expiration of the stay-at-home order, the governor’s plan allows counties to extend the stay-at-home order. On Thursday, April 30, Johnson County’s Local Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster extended that order through 11:59 p.m., May 10.

Up until the planned beginning of phase one on May 11, only those businesses that are considered as essential businesses by the governor's stay-at-home order will be open.

Here's a look at the governor's Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas (PDF).

For questions about the governor's phased plan, visit covid.ks.gov. Johnson County Customer Service is available to answer questions about timing of Johnson County's reopening at 913-715-5000 (TDD: 800-766-3777) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Food pantries here to help those in need; donate through virtual food drive

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In recent weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now, so Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

The challenge of giving while staying at home is no longer an issue. You can now shop and donate needed food and hygiene items by purchasing through an Amazon Wish List. This Virtual Food Drive will ship items directly to Human Services to distribute donations to its four locations. This is a fast, easy and safe way to support your community.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000, TDD: 800-766-3777.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


May 4, 2020

Daily Video Update

New grid shows reopening phases

Looking for an easy reference that shows which business, venues and activities open during which phases of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's Reopening Kansas plan? Download our Reopening Johnson County guide (PDF).

Johnson County follows governor's plan to reopen economy

Johnson County is following the phases of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s Reopening Kansas plan. The local health officer’s order to extend the governor’s stay-at-home order by a week in Johnson County means that the first phase is planned to begin May 11.

It is important to note that while the state plan calls for a May 3 expiration of the stay-at-home order, the governor’s plan allows counties to extend the stay-at-home order. On Thursday, April 30, Johnson County’s Local Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster extended that order through 11:59 p.m., May 10.

Up until the planned beginning of phase one on May 11, only those businesses that are considered as essential businesses by the governor's stay-at-home order will be open.

Here's a look at the governor's Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas (PDF).

For questions about the governor's phased plan, visit covid.ks.gov. Johnson County Customer Service is available to answer questions about timing of Johnson County's reopening at 913-715-5000 (TDD: 800-766-3777) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Learn more about the importance of staying home.

State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Get more information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the use of masks.

Food pantries here to help those in need; donate through virtual food drive

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In recent weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now, so Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

The challenge of giving while staying at home is no longer an issue. You can now shop and donate needed food and hygiene items by purchasing through an Amazon Wish List. This Virtual Food Drive will ship items directly to Human Services to distribute donations to its four locations. This is a fast, easy and safe way to support your community.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000, TDD: 800-766-3777.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


May 1, 2020

Johnson County to follow governor's plan to reopen economy

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted to table the Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force recommendations, and the county will follow the phases of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s Reopening Kansas plan. The Local Health Officer’s order to extend the governor’s stay-at-home order by a week in Johnson County means that the first phase is planned to begin May 11.

The biggest change from the county’s proposed plan is that Phase One will no longer include the opening of personal service businesses where a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained (such as hair salons, barbers, nail salons, massage therapy businesses, tattoo shops) as well as gyms, bars, outdoor playgrounds and sports courts; those will now open in Phase Two, no sooner than May 18.

It is important to note that while the state plan calls for a May 3 expiration of the stay-at-home order, the Governor’s plan allows counties to extend the stay-at-home order. On Thursday, April 30, Johnson County’s Local Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster extended that order through 11:59 p.m., May 10.

Up until the planned beginning of Phase One on May 11, only those businesses which are considered as essential businesses by Governor Kelly’s stay-at-home order will be open.

For further discussion on this order, watch the Friday, May 1 Board of County Commissioners meeting.

More information

Governor's stay-at-home order in effect, gradual re-opening plan unveiled

On Thursday, April 30, Governor Laura Kelly announced her plan to reopen Kansas. The information was shared during an evening news conference. "Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas" comes five weeks after her statewide stay-home order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Although the Governor's plan for the state begins on Monday, May 4, when Executive Order 20-29 is lifted, Johnson County will remain under that order for an additional week. See details above. At that time, Johnson County will evaluate if gating criteria have been met and then proceed with following the Governor's phased re-opening plan.

Questions about reopening Johnson County? Call or email us.

We know the plans to transition the county and state to fully reopen may be confusing. As decisions are made and we gather information, we're here to help.

You can call Johnson County Customer Service at 913-715-5000, TDD: 800-766-3777.

We're available with extended hours this weekend, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday and Sunday (May 2-3, 2020). We're available again 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You can also submit your comments and questions through an online email form. Please direct health-related questions to the COVID-19 hotline, 913-715-CV19 (2819), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Daily update video

Features added to the Johnson County COVID-19 dashboard

As Johnson County prepares to reopen the county, health officials are closely monitoring testing data to move forward. It's also important for the public to have information on the effectiveness of the county's efforts to flatten the curve.

This month, the county launched a dashboard to publicly share cumulative testing results. New this week, a category of information has been added to the dashboard - gating criteria.

Gating criteria has been outlined by the White House to enable communities to reopen safely.

Visit the Johnson County COVID-19 dashboard.

County helping provide safety net services during challenging time

The need is great in Johnson County. Hear how the county is helping provide safety net services during this challenging time.

Population health survey closes, next step - drive-thru testing

Thanks to those who completed the public health survey that closed on Friday, April 24. There was an estimated 45,000 responses.

The survey asked Johnson County residents questions to get a better understanding about COVID-19 in our community.

More than 600 respondents have been sent an email to participate in next week's drive-thru testing clinic. Testing is available by invitation only.

Learn more about the county's testing plan.

County's mass gathering order expires, governor's mass gathering order continues

Beginning on April 23, Johnson County is now operating under Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order limiting mass gatherings to no more than 10 people.

The county’s separate order limiting mass gatherings expired at the end of the day on April 22, and is replaced by the governor’s order, which runs through May 1. Read the order.

See details about the governor's stay-at-home order, which is in effect until May 3.

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Learn more about the importance of staying home.

State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Get more information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the use of masks.

Food pantries here to help those in need; donate through virtual food drive

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In recent weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now, so Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

The challenge of giving while staying at home is no longer an issue. You can now shop and donate needed food and hygiene items by purchasing through an Amazon Wish List. This Virtual Food Drive will ship items directly to Human Services to distribute donations to its four locations. This is a fast, easy and safe way to support your community.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 30, 2020

County’s public health officer extends governor’s stay-at-home order through May 10

On April 30, 2020, Johnson County Public Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster signed an extension of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s stay-at-home order through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 10. The state’s order expires May 3. A phased reopening of business is planned to begin in Johnson County on May 11.

LeMaster said that the goal of the stay-at-home order has not changed, as the timing is focused on preventing undoing all that has been accomplished in terms of the trajectory of the disease. Johnson County has experienced positive trends in its case counts and other data.

“We are also keeping a close eye on nearby jurisdictions. We know that in typical times more than 250,000 people come in and out of the county daily. Our goal is to be aligned with our neighbors as much as we can to avoid increasing our transmission. Also, our local businesses need ample time to prepare for reopening,” Dr. LeMaster said.

Also on April 30, Gov. Kelly announced her four-phase plan to reopen businesses in Kansas. More information is available in the following links:

Earlier this week, the Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force presented recommendations for reopening the county. The board will consider the task force’s recommendations and the governor’s plan at its special meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, May 1. Watch the meeting live.

As of April 30, Johnson County remains under Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s statewide stay-at-home order. Read the order. The state has questions and answers to provide more clarity on its order. Businesses seeking exemption may be visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Questions about the state’s stay-at-home order can be emailed to [email protected]. If you are seeking enforcement, please contact your municipal police department using these phone numbers and email addresses. DO NOT CALL 911.

Daily update video

Features added to the Johnson County COVID-19 dashboard

As Johnson County prepares to reopen the county, health officials are closely monitoring testing data to move forward. It's also important for the public to have information on the effectiveness of the county's efforts to flatten the curve.

This month, the county launched a dashboard to publicly share cumulative testing results. New this week, a category of information has been added to the dashboard - gating criteria.

Gating criteria has been outlined by the White House to enable communities to reopen safely.

Visit the Johnson County COVID-19 dashboard.

County helping provide safety net services during challenging time

The need is great in Johnson County. Hear how the county is helping provide safety net services during this challenging time.

Population health survey closes, next step - drive-thru testing

Thanks to those who completed the public health survey that closed on Friday, April 24. There was an estimated 45,000 responses.

The survey asked Johnson County residents questions to get a better understanding about COVID-19 in our community.

More than 600 respondents have been sent an email to participate in next week's drive-thru testing clinic. Testing is available by invitation only.

Learn more about the county's testing plan.

County's mass gathering order expires, governor's mass gathering order continues

Beginning on April 23, Johnson County is now operating under Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order limiting mass gatherings to no more than 10 people.

The county’s separate order limiting mass gatherings expired at the end of the day on April 22, and is replaced by the governor’s order, which runs through May 1. Read the order.

See details about the governor's stay-at-home order, which is in effect until May 3.

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Learn more about the importance of staying home.

State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Get more information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the use of masks.

Food pantries here to help those in need; donate through virtual food drive

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In recent weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now, so Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

The challenge of giving while staying at home is no longer an issue. You can now shop and donate needed food and hygiene items by purchasing through an Amazon Wish List. This Virtual Food Drive will ship items directly to Human Services to distribute donations to its four locations. This is a fast, easy and safe way to support your community.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 29, 2020

Daily update video

COVID-19 update at BOCC special meeting today

This afternoon, on Wednesday, April 29, the Board of County Commissioners held a special meeting on COVID-19. Johnson County Public Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster discussed his plan that if Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s statewide stay-at-home order expires on May 3, he would issue a public health order to extend that order through May 10 in Johnson County. He will present this order to the BOCC tomorrow sitting as the Board of Public Health.

Assistant County Manager Joe Connor presented the Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force recommendations to the board. This item is scheduled to be discussed Friday, May 1, at a special BOCC meeting. The recovery recommendations may need to be adjusted based on the governor’s announcement at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. The board will solidify plans for its special meeting at its regular business session scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 30.

Features added to the Johnson County COVID-19 dashboard

As Johnson County prepares to reopen the county, health officials are closely monitoring testing data to move forward. It's also important for the public to have information on the effectiveness of the county's efforts to flatten the curve.

This month, the county launched a dashboard to publicly share cumulative testing results. New this week, a category of information has been added to the dashboard - gating criteria.

Gating criteria has been outlined by the White House to enable communities to reopen safely.

Visit the Johnson County COVID-19 dashboard.

County helping provide safety net services during challenging time

The need is great in Johnson County. Hear how the county is helping provide safety net services during this challenging time.

Population health survey closes, next step - drive-thru testing

Thanks to those who completed the public health survey that closed on Friday, April 24. There was an estimated 45,000 responses.

The survey asked Johnson County residents questions to get a better understanding about COVID-19 in our community.

More than 600 respondents have been sent an email to participate in next week's drive-thru testing clinic. Testing is available by invitation only.

Learn more about the county's testing plan.

County's mass gathering order expires, governor's mass gathering order continues

Beginning on April 23, Johnson County is now operating under Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order limiting mass gatherings to no more than 10 people.

The county’s separate order limiting mass gatherings expired at the end of the day on April 22, and is replaced by the governor’s order, which runs through May 1. Read the order.

See details about the governor's stay-at-home order, which is in effect until May 3.

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Learn more about the importance of staying home.

State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Get more information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the use of masks.

Food pantries here to help those in need; donate through virtual food drive

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In recent weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now, so Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

The challenge of giving while staying at home is no longer an issue. You can now shop and donate needed food and hygiene items by purchasing through an Amazon Wish List. This Virtual Food Drive will ship items directly to Human Services to distribute donations to its four locations. This is a fast, easy and safe way to support your community.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 28, 2020

Daily update video

Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force submits recommendation to reopen businesses

On Tuesday, April 28, the Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force spent more than two hours finalizing a draft of the Johnson County Recovery Plan available on this page to submit to the Board of County Commissioners, for approval. As they reviewed the plan, they discussed many aspects of reopening, including:

  • Offering guidance and questions and answers
  • The phased approach to reopening certain businesses 
  • What enforcement of a recovery plan may look like

The task force voted to approve the recovery document and phased opening chart as drafted with edits made today, and will assist county staff in producing a separate document that includes some guidance and best practices for businesses. The board is expected to discuss the plan during a special meeting on Wednesday, April 29, and vote on the plan at its regular business session on Thursday, April 30.

Board of County Commissioners to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic at special meeting

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting regarding the COVID-19 pandemic at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, April 29.

The meeting will be held virtually, and can be viewed live.

Population health survey closes, next step - drive-thru testing

Thanks to those who completed the public health survey that closed on Friday, April 24. There was an estimated 45,000 responses.

The survey asked Johnson County residents questions to get a better understanding about COVID-19 in our community.

More than 600 respondents have been sent an email to participate in next week's drive-thru testing clinic. Testing is available by invitation only.

Learn more about the county's testing plan.

County's mass gathering order expires, governor's mass gathering order continues

Beginning on April 23, Johnson County is now operating under Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order limiting mass gatherings to no more than 10 people.

The county’s separate order limiting mass gatherings expired at the end of the day on April 22, and is replaced by the governor’s order, which runs through May 1. Read the order.

See details about the governor's stay-at-home order, which is in effect until May 3.

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Learn more about the importance of staying home.

State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Get more information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the use of masks.

Food pantries here to help those in need; donate through virtual food drive

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In recent weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now, so Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

The challenge of giving while staying at home is no longer an issue. You can now shop and donate needed food and hygiene items by purchasing through an Amazon Wish List. This Virtual Food Drive will ship items directly to Human Services to distribute donations to its four locations. This is a fast, easy and safe way to support your community.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 27, 2020

Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force finalizing proposal to reopen businesses

On Monday, April 27, the Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force spent several hours working on updates to the latest draft of the Johnson County Recovery Plan available on this page.

As they reviewed the plan, they discussed many aspects of reopening, including:

  • Using words like “must-do’s” and “requirements” versus “recommendations” and “guidance” in the plan and how this document could be enforced
  • The need to add an appendix to the plan with available guidelines and resources 
  • The importance of doctors being the ones to determine when gating criteria have been met to enter a new phase of reopening
  • Determinations on which sectors belonged in which phase of opening

Work will continue on updating the draft document. The task force plans to meet and finalize it at 3 p.m., tomorrow, April 28.

Watch the recorded April 27 task force meeting. Watch tomorrow's task force meeting live online. Learn more about the task force.

Board of County Commissioners to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic at special meeting

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting regarding the COVID-19 pandemic at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, April 29.

The meeting will be held virtually, and can be viewed live.

Population health survey closes, next step - drive-thru testing

Thanks to those who completed the public health survey that closed on Friday, April 24. There was an estimated 45,000 responses.

The survey asked Johnson County residents questions to get a better understanding about COVID-19 in our community.

More than 600 respondents have been sent an email to participate in next week's drive-thru testing clinic. Testing is available by invitation only.

Learn more about the county's testing plan.

County's mass gathering order expires, governor's mass gathering order continues

Beginning on April 23, Johnson County is now operating under Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order limiting mass gatherings to no more than 10 people.

The county’s separate order limiting mass gatherings expired at the end of the day on April 22, and is replaced by the governor’s order, which runs through May 1. Read the order.

See details about the governor's stay-at-home order, which is in effect until May 3.

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Learn more about the importance of staying home.

State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Get more information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the use of masks.

Food pantries here to help those in need; donate through virtual food drive

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In recent weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now, so Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

The challenge of giving while staying at home is no longer an issue. You can now shop and donate needed food and hygiene items by purchasing through an Amazon Wish List. This Virtual Food Drive will ship items directly to Human Services to distribute donations to its four locations. This is a fast, easy and safe way to support your community.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Podcast


April 24, 2020

Daily update video

Population health survey closes, next step - drive-thru testing

Thanks to those who completed the public health survey that closed on Friday, April 24. There was an estimated 45,000 responses.

The survey asked Johnson County residents questions to get a better understanding about COVID-19 in our community.

More than 600 respondents have been sent an email to participate in next week's drive-thru testing clinic. Testing is available by invitation only.

Learn more about the county's testing plan.

Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force holds second meeting

Today the Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force held its second meeting to continue working on a plan for a phased approach to reopening the economy. The task force met via Zoom for two-and-a-half hours to discuss this first draft of a recovery plan document.

Today’s discussion included:

  • the types of business or industries that would be included in each phase based on the risk levels
  • an understanding of the public health gating criteria that will help determine when the county goes from one phase to another
  • what is the appropriate level of guidance for businesses when they begin to reopen (universal precautions versus industry-specific guidance, or something in between)
  • timing between phases
  • questions regarding how compliance to the recovery plan might be enforced.

The task force plans to have a recommendation for Johnson County’s Board of Public Health (a role filled by the Board of County Commissioners) and Public Health Officer at its special meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 28 at 3 p.m.

County to accept partial property tax payments

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic impacts on our community, Johnson County Government will begin accepting partial payments on second-half real estate and personal property taxes due on or before May 11. There is no minimum payment, but any remaining balance will begin to accrue interest on May 12. Partial payments only apply to the second half of 2019 property taxes.

For questions and answers related to property taxes, visit the Johnson County Treasurer's Department webpage.

Learn more about the partial payment option.

County's mass gathering order expires, governor's mass gathering order continues

Beginning on April 23, Johnson County is now operating under Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order limiting mass gatherings to no more than 10 people.

The county’s separate order limiting mass gatherings expired at the end of the day on April 22, and is replaced by the governor’s order, which runs through May 1. Read the order.

See details about the governor's stay-at-home order, which is in effect until May 3.

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Learn more about the importance of staying home.

State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Get more information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the use of masks.

Food pantries here to help those in need; donate through virtual food drive

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In recent weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now, so Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

The challenge of giving while staying at home is no longer an issue. You can now shop and donate needed food and hygiene items by purchasing through an Amazon Wish List. This Virtual Food Drive will ship items directly to Human Services to distribute donations to its four locations. This is a fast, easy and safe way to support your community.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 23, 2020

Daily update video

Johnson County to hold second COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force meeting on Friday, April 24

The Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force will hold its second meeting at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, April 24. This week, the Board of County Commissioners authorized the creation of the task force to plan and strategize how to implement a phased approach to reopen the economy.

County's mass gathering order expires, governor's mass gathering order continues

Beginning on April 23, Johnson County is now operating under Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order limiting mass gatherings to no more than 10 people.

The county’s separate order limiting mass gatherings expired at the end of the day on April 22, and is replaced by the governor’s order, which runs through May 1. Read the order.

See details about the governor's stay-at-home order, which is in effect until May 3.

Department of Health and Environment surveys population a second time about coronavirus symptoms

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCHDE) is again asking Johnson County residents to complete a short survey in order to help us understand how many people in Johnson County have or do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The survey will close at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 24.

Survey link: Population Health Survey

This short survey asks about your symptoms or lack of symptoms, demographic and contact information. The survey should be completed for every member of the household. The information is confidential and will only be used by JCDHE to determine how COVID-19 is spreading in the community. 

You will be asked to do this same survey several more times in the next few weeks in order to compare results. Some residents who complete the survey will be invited to get tested for COVID-19 at a future JCDHE drive-thru testing clinic.  

“Please fill out the survey accurately and completely for each person in the residence. Completing the survey is voluntary, but we ask that as many people as possible participate every time you are asked, to recognize how the coronavirus is spreading in the community," states Dr. Sanmi Areola, JCDHE director.

If the public has questions about the survey they can call the Johnson County Community Hotline at 913-715-2819, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Learn more about the importance of staying home.

State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Get more information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the use of masks.

Food pantries here to help those in need; donate through virtual food drive

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In recent weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now, so Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

The challenge of giving while staying at home is no longer an issue. You can now shop and donate needed food and hygiene items by purchasing through an Amazon Wish List. This Virtual Food Drive will ship items directly to Human Services to distribute donations to its four locations. This is a fast, easy and safe way to support your community.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 22, 2020

Daily update video

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Johnson County holds first COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force meeting

The Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force held its first meeting on Wednesday, April 22. The virtual meeting took place two days after the Board of County Commissioners authorized the creation of the task force to plan and strategize how to implement a phased approach to reopen the economy.

During the initial meeting, the group discussed among other things:

  • Local economic data
  • Personal protective equipment supplies
  • Best practices for businesses reopening
  • Businesses that should be considered priority for reopening

The next meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 24.

Watch the task force meeting on Facebook.

Learn more about the task force.

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Department of Health and Environment surveys population a second time about coronavirus symptoms

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCHDE) is again asking Johnson County residents to complete a short survey in order to help us understand how many people in Johnson County have or do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The survey will close at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 24.

Survey link: Population Health Survey

This short survey asks about your symptoms or lack of symptoms, demographic and contact information. The survey should be completed for every member of the household. The information is confidential and will only be used by JCDHE to determine how COVID-19 is spreading in the community. 

You will be asked to do this same survey several more times in the next few weeks in order to compare results. Some residents who complete the survey will be invited to get tested for COVID-19 at a future JCDHE drive-thru testing clinic.  

“Please fill out the survey accurately and completely for each person in the residence. Completing the survey is voluntary, but we ask that as many people as possible participate every time you are asked, to recognize how the coronavirus is spreading in the community," states Dr. Sanmi Areola, JCDHE director.

If the public has questions about the survey they can call the Johnson County Community Hotline at 913-715-2819, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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BOCC approves COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special meeting at 3 p.m., on Monday, April 20.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Johnson County Administration Building is currently closed to the public. The special meeting was conducted virtually.

Among other items, the BOCC approved the Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force to strategize and implement a phased approach to re-opening the economy. The task force includes:

  • Johnson County Board of County Commissioners representatives
  • Johnson County Government (Public Health, Emergency Management, County Manager)
  • Small Business representative
  • Chamber of Commerce representative 
  • Economist
  • Mayor’s Council representative
  • City Manager representative
  • Public Safety representative
  • Non-Profit/Community Organization representative
  • Hospital Executive representative

The task force will start meeting this week. Updates on the the task force's progress will be provided during the BOCC's twice-weekly public meetings. Read more about the task force.

Watch a rebroadcast.

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Essential staff testing results in, additional survey starts Tuesday, April 21

On Friday, April 17, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment conducted its second round of drive-thru testing. The first round focused on the general public. The most recent testing focused on essential staff, including restaurant workers, first responders and child care workers.

The results include:

  • 186 tests performed
  • 173 results have been received
  • 0 COVID-19 positive cases

According to JCDHE Director Dr. Sanmi Areola, this is good news and supports that Johnson County efforts have been timely, appropriate and adequate. However, additional testing is needed to confirm our assumptions about the effectiveness of our stay-at-home order.

"We are moving in the right direction, but we're not there yet," Areola said.

Additional sample testing of the general public will take place in the future. Survey work for this effort will start April 21. Read more about the county's testing plan.

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Johnson County COVID-19 dashboard includes enhanced features

Elizabeth Holzschuh, JCHDE epidemiologist, provided an update at the special Board of County Commissioners meeting on Monday, April 20, outlining changes to the data presented on the county’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The updated dashboard features:

  • Six new charts, among them: Deaths, New Cases, Percentage Positive Tests, New Hospitalizations
  • Ten-day moving averages for all Key Trends charts
  • Date series for diagnosis date and symptom onset date
  • Cumulative hospitalization and deaths charts
  • Added date series for hospital and intensive care unit beds

Moving averages have been added to some of the charts to apply some smoothing to the daily changes in numbers and give a view of overall data trends.

Data is updated daily. View the dashboard.

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Johnson County to keep gathering data during Governor's stay-at-home order

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s extension of the stay-at-home order for Kansas through midnight on May 3 gives Johnson County Government the time and ability to gather more data, maximize testing of various groups (random sampling of the general population, essential workers and residents of long-term care facilities) and collaborate with nearby Kansas counties and other metro jurisdictions.

The county will use that data and collaboration to help make the best decision for the county, during the week of April 27. Also during this time, the county will work towards the creation of a Johnson County Recovery Planning Committee to strategize and implement a phased approach to re-opening our economy at the conclusion of any stay-at-home order.

On Wednesday, April 15, Governor Laura Kelly extended her statewide stay-at-home order. Read the order.

The state has questions and answers to provide more clarity on its order. Businesses seeking exemption may be visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Questions about the state’s stay-at-home order can be emailed to [email protected].

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Economic impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shared during BOCC meeting

During the Board of County Commissioners' regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, April 16, Doug Davidson, president of the County Economic Research Institute (CERI), shared with commissioners a report on employment and wages in Johnson County industries that the Brookings Institution expects to be hardest hit by the pandemic nationally. Retail and personal service industries are expected to be among the most immediately impacted industries.

He also indicated that compared to other areas in the nation, Johnson County’s economy may be slightly less impacted, because there is a higher concentration of industries within the county that are able to operate despite the stay-at-home order.

Read the report, beginning at page 36. You can also watch the BOCC meeting in which Davidson addresses questions from the board.

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Initial random sample coronavirus (COVID-19) testing results in

On April 10, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment conducted drive-thru random sample testing. The community testing included 374 participants.

  • 374 tests administered; 369 tests processed
  • 14 positive tests – 3.8% of the total number of processed tests
  • 355 negative tests
  • 5 tests were damaged; four tests were re-administered, one declined testing

Additional drive-thru testing will be conducted on Friday, April 17, to focus on essential workers, including first responders, hospice staff and child care workers, among others. Learn more about the Johnson County testing plan.

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March 15 Johnson County public health update

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Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Read this guidance from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment on mass gatherings including religious activities. Learn more about the importance of staying home.

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State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Get more information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the use of masks.

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Food pantries here to help those in need

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In the past three weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now. Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

Donations are needed as well to continue to serve the community. Currently the best way to donate is through monetary donations. With the current stay-at-home order and practicing physical distancing, Human Services is not actively accepting donations at this time. As soon as it is safe to accept donations from the public, it will host food drives and set up collection sites for food.

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County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

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Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

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Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

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Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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April 21, 2020

Daily update video

Department of Health and Environment surveys population a second time about coronavirus symptoms

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCHDE) is again asking Johnson County residents to complete a short survey in order to help us understand how many people in Johnson County have or do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The survey will close at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 24.

Survey link: Population Health Survey

This short survey asks about your symptoms or lack of symptoms, demographic and contact information. The survey should be completed for every member of the household. The information is confidential and will only be used by JCDHE to determine how COVID-19 is spreading in the community. 

You will be asked to do this same survey several more times in the next few weeks in order to compare results. Some residents who complete the survey will be invited to get tested for COVID-19 at a future JCDHE drive-thru testing clinic.  

“Please fill out the survey accurately and completely for each person in the residence. Completing the survey is voluntary, but we ask that as many people as possible participate every time you are asked, to recognize how the coronavirus is spreading in the community," states Dr. Sanmi Areola, JCDHE director.

If the public has questions about the survey they can call the Johnson County Community Hotline at 913-715-2819, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BOCC approves COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special meeting at 3 p.m., on Monday, April 20.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Johnson County Administration Building is currently closed to the public. The special meeting was conducted virtually.

Among other items, the BOCC approved the Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force to strategize and implement a phased approach to re-opening the economy. The task force includes:

  • Johnson County Board of County Commissioners representatives
  • Johnson County Government (Public Health, Emergency Management, County Manager)
  • Small Business representative
  • Chamber of Commerce representative 
  • Economist
  • Mayor’s Council representative
  • City Manager representative
  • Public Safety representative
  • Non-Profit/Community Organization representative
  • Hospital Executive representative

The task force will start meeting this week. Updates on the the task force's progress will be provided during the BOCC's twice-weekly public meetings. Read more about the task force.

Watch a rebroadcast.

Essential staff testing results in, additional survey starts Tuesday, April 21

On Friday, April 17, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment conducted its second round of drive-thru testing. The first round focused on the general public. The most recent testing focused on essential staff, including restaurant workers, first responders and child care workers.

The results include:

  • 186 tests performed
  • 173 results have been received
  • 0 COVID-19 positive cases

According to JCDHE Director Dr. Sanmi Areola, this is good news and supports that Johnson County efforts have been timely, appropriate and adequate. However, additional testing is needed to confirm our assumptions about the effectiveness of our stay-at-home order.

"We are moving in the right direction, but we're not there yet," Areola said.

Additional sample testing of the general public will take place in the future. Survey work for this effort will start April 21. Read more about the county's testing plan.

Johnson County COVID-19 dashboard includes enhanced features

Elizabeth Holzschuh, JCHDE epidemiologist, provided an update at the special Board of County Commissioners meeting on Monday, April 20, outlining changes to the data presented on the county’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The updated dashboard features:

  • Six new charts, among them: Deaths, New Cases, Percentage Positive Tests, New Hospitalizations
  • Ten-day moving averages for all Key Trends charts
  • Date series for diagnosis date and symptom onset date
  • Cumulative hospitalization and deaths charts
  • Added date series for hospital and intensive care unit beds

Moving averages have been added to some of the charts to apply some smoothing to the daily changes in numbers and give a view of overall data trends.

Data is updated daily. View the dashboard.

Johnson County to keep gathering data during Governor's stay-at-home order

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s extension of the stay-at-home order for Kansas through midnight on May 3 gives Johnson County Government the time and ability to gather more data, maximize testing of various groups (random sampling of the general population, essential workers and residents of long-term care facilities) and collaborate with nearby Kansas counties and other metro jurisdictions.

The county will use that data and collaboration to help make the best decision for the county, during the week of April 27. Also during this time, the county will work towards the creation of a Johnson County Recovery Planning Committee to strategize and implement a phased approach to re-opening our economy at the conclusion of any stay-at-home order.

On Wednesday, April 15, Governor Laura Kelly extended her statewide stay-at-home order. Read the order.

The state has questions and answers to provide more clarity on its order. Businesses seeking exemption may be visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Questions about the state’s stay-at-home order can be emailed to [email protected].

Economic impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shared during BOCC meeting

During the Board of County Commissioners' regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, April 16, Doug Davidson, president of the County Economic Research Institute (CERI), shared with commissioners a report on employment and wages in Johnson County industries that the Brookings Institution expects to be hardest hit by the pandemic nationally. Retail and personal service industries are expected to be among the most immediately impacted industries.

He also indicated that compared to other areas in the nation, Johnson County’s economy may be slightly less impacted, because there is a higher concentration of industries within the county that are able to operate despite the stay-at-home order.

Read the report, beginning at page 36. You can also watch the BOCC meeting in which Davidson addresses questions from the board.

Initial random sample coronavirus (COVID-19) testing results in

On April 10, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment conducted drive-thru random sample testing. The community testing included 374 participants.

  • 374 tests administered; 369 tests processed
  • 14 positive tests – 3.8% of the total number of processed tests
  • 355 negative tests
  • 5 tests were damaged; four tests were re-administered, one declined testing

Additional drive-thru testing will be conducted on Friday, April 17, to focus on essential workers, including first responders, hospice staff and child care workers, among others. Learn more about the Johnson County testing plan.

March 15 Johnson County public health update

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Read this guidance from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment on mass gatherings including religious activities. Learn more about the importance of staying home.

State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Get more information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the use of masks.

Food pantries here to help those in need

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In the past three weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now. Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

Donations are needed as well to continue to serve the community. Currently the best way to donate is through monetary donations. With the current stay-at-home order and practicing physical distancing, Human Services is not actively accepting donations at this time. As soon as it is safe to accept donations from the public, it will host food drives and set up collection sites for food.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 20, 2020

Daily update video

BOCC approves COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special meeting at 3 p.m., on Monday, April 20.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Johnson County Administration Building is currently closed to the public. The special meeting was conducted virtually.

Among other items, the BOCC approved the Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force to strategize and implement a phased approach to re-opening the economy. The task force includes:

  • Johnson County Board of County Commissioners representatives
  • Johnson County Government (Public Health, Emergency Management, County Manager)
  • Small Business representative
  • Chamber of Commerce representative 
  • Economist
  • Mayor’s Council representative
  • City Manager representative
  • Public Safety representative
  • Non-Profit/Community Organization representative
  • Hospital Executive representative

The task force will start meeting this week. Updates on the the task force's progress will be provided during the BOCC's twice-weekly public meetings. Read more about the task force.

Watch a rebroadcast.

Essential staff testing results in, additional survey starts Tuesday, April 21

On Friday, April 17, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment conducted its second round of drive-thru testing. The first round focused on the general public. The most recent testing focused on essential staff, including restaurant workers, first responders and child care workers.

The results include:

  • 186 tests performed
  • 173 results have been received
  • 0 COVID-19 positive cases

According to JCDHE Director Dr. Sanmi Areola, this is good news and supports that Johnson County efforts have been timely, appropriate and adequate. However, additional testing is needed to confirm our assumptions about the effectiveness of our stay-at-home order.

"We are moving in the right direction, but we're not there yet," Areola said.

Additional sample testing of the general public will take place in the future. Survey work for this effort will start April 21. Read more about the county's testing plan.

Johnson County COVID-19 dashboard includes enhanced features

Elizabeth Holzschuh, JCHDE epidemiologist, provided an update at the special Board of County Commissioners meeting on Monday, April 20, outlining changes to the data presented on the county’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The updated dashboard features:

  • Six new charts, among them: Deaths, New Cases, Percentage Positive Tests, New Hospitalizations
  • Ten-day moving averages for all Key Trends charts
  • Date series for diagnosis date and symptom onset date
  • Cumulative hospitalization and deaths charts
  • Added date series for hospital and intensive care unit beds

Moving averages have been added to some of the charts to apply some smoothing to the daily changes in numbers and give a view of overall data trends.

Data is updated daily. View the dashboard.

Johnson County to keep gathering data during Governor's stay-at-home order

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s extension of the stay-at-home order for Kansas through midnight on May 3 gives Johnson County Government the time and ability to gather more data, maximize testing of various groups (random sampling of the general population, essential workers and residents of long-term care facilities) and collaborate with nearby Kansas counties and other metro jurisdictions.

The county will use that data and collaboration to help make the best decision for the county, during the week of April 27. Also during this time, the county will work towards the creation of a Johnson County Recovery Planning Committee to strategize and implement a phased approach to re-opening our economy at the conclusion of any stay-at-home order.

On Wednesday, April 15, Governor Laura Kelly extended her statewide stay-at-home order. Read the order.

The state has questions and answers to provide more clarity on its order. Businesses seeking exemption may be visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Questions about the state’s stay-at-home order can be emailed to [email protected].

Economic impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shared during BOCC meeting

During the Board of County Commissioners' regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, April 16, Doug Davidson, president of the County Economic Research Institute (CERI), shared with commissioners a report on employment and wages in Johnson County industries that the Brookings Institution expects to be hardest hit by the pandemic nationally. Retail and personal service industries are expected to be among the most immediately impacted industries.

He also indicated that compared to other areas in the nation, Johnson County’s economy may be slightly less impacted, because there is a higher concentration of industries within the county that are able to operate despite the stay-at-home order.

Read the report, beginning at page 36. You can also watch the BOCC meeting in which Davidson addresses questions from the board.

Initial random sample coronavirus (COVID-19) testing results in

On April 10, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment conducted drive-thru random sample testing. The community testing included 374 participants.

  • 374 tests administered; 369 tests processed
  • 14 positive tests – 3.8% of the total number of processed tests
  • 355 negative tests
  • 5 tests were damaged; four tests were re-administered, one declined testing

Additional drive-thru testing will be conducted on Friday, April 17, to focus on essential workers, including first responders, hospice staff and child care workers, among others. Learn more about the Johnson County testing plan.

March 15 Johnson County public health update

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Read this guidance from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment on mass gatherings including religious activities. Learn more about the importance of staying home.

State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Get more information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the use of masks.

Food pantries here to help those in need

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In the past three weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now. Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

Donations are needed as well to continue to serve the community. Currently the best way to donate is through monetary donations. With the current stay-at-home order and practicing physical distancing, Human Services is not actively accepting donations at this time. As soon as it is safe to accept donations from the public, it will host food drives and set up collection sites for food.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 16, 2020

Johnson County to keep gathering data during Governor's stay-at-home order

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s extension of the stay-at-home order for Kansas through midnight on May 3 gives Johnson County Government the time and ability to gather more data, maximize testing of various groups (random sampling of the general population, essential workers and residents of long-term care facilities) and collaborate with nearby Kansas counties and other metro jurisdictions.

The county will use that data and collaboration to help make the best decision for the county, during the week of April 27. Also during this time, the county will work towards the creation of a Johnson County Recovery Planning Committee to strategize and implement a phased approach to re-opening our economy at the conclusion of any stay-at-home order.

On Wednesday, April 15, the governor extended her statewide stay-at-home order. She issued the original stay-at-home order on March 28. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30.

The state has questions and answers to provide more clarity on its order. Businesses seeking exemption may be visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Questions about the state’s stay-at-home order can be emailed to [email protected].

Economic impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shared during BOCC meeting

During the Board of County Commissioners' regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, April 16, Doug Davidson, president of the County Economic Research Institute (CERI), shared with commissioners a report on employment and wages in Johnson County industries that the Brookings Institution expects to be hardest hit by the pandemic nationally. Retail and personal service industries are expected to be among the most immediately impacted industries.

He also indicated that compared to other areas in the nation, Johnson County’s economy may be slightly less impacted, because there is a higher concentration of industries within the county that are able to operate despite the stay-at-home order.

Read the report, beginning at page 36. You can also watch the BOCC meeting in which Davidson addresses questions from the board.

Initial random sample coronavirus (COVID-19) testing results in

On April 10, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment conducted drive-thru random sample testing. The community testing included 374 participants.

  • 374 tests administered; 369 tests processed
  • 14 positive tests – 3.8% of the total number of processed tests
  • 355 negative tests
  • 5 tests were damaged; four tests were re-administered, one declined testing

Additional drive-thru testing will be conducted on Friday, April 17, to focus on essential workers, including first responders, hospice staff and child care workers, among others. Learn more about the Johnson County testing plan.

Daily update video

Kansas governor extends statewide stay-at-home order through midnight on May 3

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has extended her statewide stay-at-home order for Kansas through midnight on May 3. Gov. Kelly issued the original stay-at-home order on March 28. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay-at-home order that went into effect March 24.

View the news conference where she announced the extension.

The state has questions and answers to provide more clarity on its order. Businesses seeking exemption may be visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Questions about the state’s stay-at-home order can be emailed to [email protected].

March 15 Johnson County public health update

Johnson County DHE unveils new COVID-19 dashboard

Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and Elizabeth Holzschuh, JCHDE epidemiologist, provided a live public health update on Tuesday, April 14, on the department’s new COVID-19 data dashboard and the latest on testing and disease containment efforts.

The new dashboard (buttons top of page) features:

  • Positive case counts/deaths
  • Negative results
  • Case zip code breakdown
  • Case specifics - sex, age, race, ethnicity, symptoms, pre-existing conditions
  • Hospitalizations
  • Regional hospital utilization
  • MED-ACT incidents/transports

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Read this guidance from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment on mass gatherings including religious activities. Learn more about the importance of staying home.

State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Get more information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the use of masks.

Food pantries here to help those in need

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In the past three weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now. Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

Donations are needed as well to continue to serve the community. Currently the best way to donate is through monetary donations. With the current stay-at-home order and practicing physical distancing, Human Services is not actively accepting donations at this time. As soon as it is safe to accept donations from the public, it will host food drives and set up collection sites for food.

2020 appeal filing deadline extension

Given the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it has made on our community, the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office has extended the Informal Appeal filing deadline to April 17, 2020 at 5 p.m.

For the convenience of our residents, we have created three ways to file your informal appeal. The Appraiser’s Office recommends submitting appeal applications online at www.jocogov.org/dept/appraiser/home or be mailed and postmarked on or before the April 17, 2020 deadline. Lastly, appeals can be placed inside the Appraiser’s Office DROP BOX located outside the front door at 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe.

IMPORTANT:  Appeal applications must include all supporting documentation at the time of submittal.

Once the appeal is received the Appraiser’s Office will review and process the application, schedule the telephone hearing then mail a confirmation letter with the date and time of the hearing. 

A hearing based on evidence (HBE), is another option for property owners. This is streamlined by the submittal of pictures, outside appraisals, or other documentation. The appraiser will review and then decide if there should be an adjustment made based on the evidence submitted.

Please note we are not conducting in-person hearings for the safety of our citizens and staff.

As a reminder, appeals are not based on current economic conditions but, rather on fair market value as of January 1, 2020.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office at 913-715-9000.

Johnson County coronavirus (COVID-19) testing plan underway

Expanded testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be done in phases in Johnson County and includes the following:

  • Long-term care facilities testing beginning this week with residents and staff in 40 facilities
  • Self-reporting survey launched (see below to take the survey - open to all Johnson County residents)
  • Drive-through community sampling begins Friday, April 10 (only for residents who receive an invitation for demographic and geographic sampling)
  • Continued testing of the seriously ill
  • Essential worker testing
  • Testing of first responders

Learn more about the county's testing plan.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 15, 2020

Daily update video

Kansas governor extends statewide stay-at-home order through midnight on May 3

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has extended her statewide stay-at-home order for Kansas through midnight on May 3. Gov. Kelly issued the original stay-at-home order on March 28. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay-at-home order that went into effect March 24.

View the news conference where she announced the extension.

The state has questions and answers to provide more clarity on its order. Businesses seeking exemption may be visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Questions about the state’s stay-at-home order can be emailed to [email protected].

March 15 Johnson County public health update

Johnson County DHE unveils new COVID-19 dashboard

Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and Elizabeth Holzschuh, JCHDE epidemiologist, provided a live public health update on Tuesday, April 14, on the department’s new COVID-19 data dashboard and the latest on testing and disease containment efforts.

The new dashboard (buttons top of page) features:

  • Positive case counts/deaths
  • Negative results
  • Case zip code breakdown
  • Case specifics - sex, age, race, ethnicity, symptoms, pre-existing conditions
  • Hospitalizations
  • Regional hospital utilization
  • MED-ACT incidents/transports

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Read this guidance from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment on mass gatherings including religious activities. Learn more about the importance of staying home.

State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Get more information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the use of masks.

Food pantries here to help those in need

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In the past three weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now. Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

Donations are needed as well to continue to serve the community. Currently the best way to donate is through monetary donations. With the current stay-at-home order and practicing physical distancing, Human Services is not actively accepting donations at this time. As soon as it is safe to accept donations from the public, it will host food drives and set up collection sites for food.

2020 appeal filing deadline extension

Given the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it has made on our community, the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office has extended the Informal Appeal filing deadline to April 17, 2020 at 5 p.m.

For the convenience of our residents, we have created three ways to file your informal appeal. The Appraiser’s Office recommends submitting appeal applications online at www.jocogov.org/dept/appraiser/home or be mailed and postmarked on or before the April 17, 2020 deadline. Lastly, appeals can be placed inside the Appraiser’s Office DROP BOX located outside the front door at 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe.

IMPORTANT:  Appeal applications must include all supporting documentation at the time of submittal.

Once the appeal is received the Appraiser’s Office will review and process the application, schedule the telephone hearing then mail a confirmation letter with the date and time of the hearing. 

A hearing based on evidence (HBE), is another option for property owners. This is streamlined by the submittal of pictures, outside appraisals, or other documentation. The appraiser will review and then decide if there should be an adjustment made based on the evidence submitted.

Please note we are not conducting in-person hearings for the safety of our citizens and staff.

As a reminder, appeals are not based on current economic conditions but, rather on fair market value as of January 1, 2020.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office at 913-715-9000.

Johnson County coronavirus (COVID-19) testing plan underway

Expanded testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be done in phases in Johnson County and includes the following:

  • Long-term care facilities testing beginning this week with residents and staff in 40 facilities
  • Self-reporting survey launched (see below to take the survey - open to all Johnson County residents)
  • Drive-through community sampling begins Friday, April 10 (only for residents who receive an invitation for demographic and geographic sampling)
  • Continued testing of the seriously ill
  • Essential worker testing
  • Testing of first responders

Learn more about the county's testing plan.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

KDHE adds state to travel quarantine list

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added one state to the quarantine list: Connecticut. This is effective for persons returning today, April 6, and moving forward. See the comprehensive list of those individuals in Kansas needing to quarantine for 14 days.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 14, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
as of April 14, 2020

Positive cases* 317
Deaths 16
Negatives tests 2,807

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 55)
Age range Number of cases Number of deaths
0-9 1  
10-19 3  
20-29 29  
30-39 34  
40-49 52 1
50-59 65  
60-69 48  
70-79 35 3
80-89 50 12

Daily update video

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Read this guidance from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment on mass gatherings including religious activities. Learn more about the importance of staying home.

State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Get more information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the use of masks.

COVID-19 data dashboard to be announced

WHEN: 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 14
WHAT: Details of a new dashboard that will go live on April 14. It will provide a wide range of data points, including zip code case information, hospital capacity and more.
WHERE: Watch live on this Johnson County website or Facebook Live.

County commissioners hold special meeting for COVID-19-related items

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special meeting on Monday, April 13 to address COVID-19 pandemic-related items. They discussed among other things:

  • A contract to acquire additional personal protective equipment in Johnson County.
  • A new COVID-19 data dashboard, which will be available to the public on Tuesday, April 14 (see below for more).
  • Community testing plan initial results and plans to test essential workers and first responders.

Watch a re-broadcast of the BOCC special meeting on this Johnson County website or on Facebook.

Attorney General's Office warns of coronavirus (COVID-19) scams

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging Kansans to use caution against a new text message scam involving COVID-19.

The text message scam, as reported to the Attorney General’s Office, reads: “Someone who came in contact with you tested positive or has shown symptoms for COVID-19 & recommends you self-isolate/get tested.” The text then contains a link to a website for more information. Consumers are advised to not respond to the message, nor click on the bogus website link. If you receive this message, contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division online. You can also call 800-432-2310.

Read more information about this coronavirus text message scam.

Care packages for those served by Johnson County Developmental Supports

Care and activity packages are being provided to homes where Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) offers residential services.

With the closing of the Elmore Center out of precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, JCDS and Friends of JCDS staff have created care packages for residents in the homes during the stay-at-home order.

JCDS staff is sending activity kits weekly to all 24 homes and to everyone who receives services through independent living.

RideKC in Johnson County to reduce bus service due to stay-at-home order

Due to the stay-at-home order issued by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, Johnson County announces a reduction in transit service levels to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining access to essential businesses and services for riders. Beginning Monday, April 13, RideKC Johnson County bus routes will run a reduced daily schedule. Read the county's news release for details, including a link for detailed information about each route.

Food pantries here to help those in need

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In the past three weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now. Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

Donations are needed as well to continue to serve the community. Currently the best way to donate is through monetary donations. With the current stay-at-home order and practicing physical distancing, Human Services is not actively accepting donations at this time. As soon as it is safe to accept donations from the public, it will host food drives and set up collection sites for food.

2020 appeal filing deadline extension

Given the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it has made on our community, the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office has extended the Informal Appeal filing deadline to April 17, 2020 at 5 p.m.

For the convenience of our residents, we have created three ways to file your informal appeal. The Appraiser’s Office recommends submitting appeal applications online at www.jocogov.org/dept/appraiser/home or be mailed and postmarked on or before the April 17, 2020 deadline. Lastly, appeals can be placed inside the Appraiser’s Office DROP BOX located outside the front door at 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe.

IMPORTANT:  Appeal applications must include all supporting documentation at the time of submittal.

Once the appeal is received the Appraiser’s Office will review and process the application, schedule the telephone hearing then mail a confirmation letter with the date and time of the hearing. 

A hearing based on evidence (HBE), is another option for property owners. This is streamlined by the submittal of pictures, outside appraisals, or other documentation. The appraiser will review and then decide if there should be an adjustment made based on the evidence submitted.

Please note we are not conducting in-person hearings for the safety of our citizens and staff.

As a reminder, appeals are not based on current economic conditions but, rather on fair market value as of January 1, 2020.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office at 913-715-9000.

Johnson County coronavirus (COVID-19) testing plan underway

Expanded testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be done in phases in Johnson County and includes the following:

  • Long-term care facilities testing beginning this week with residents and staff in 40 facilities
  • Self-reporting survey launched (see below to take the survey - open to all Johnson County residents)
  • Drive-through community sampling begins Friday, April 10 (only for residents who receive an invitation for demographic and geographic sampling)
  • Continued testing of the seriously ill
  • Essential worker testing
  • Testing of first responders

Learn more about the county's testing plan.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to [email protected].

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911.

On April 3, the governor's office provided clarification on its order regarding religious activities. The clarification provides that local mass gathering limitations are still in effect and apply to churches unless they are exempted. As such, Johnson County's 10-person limit on mass gatherings remains in effect through April 22. The county's mass gathering order does not exempt religious activities. You can read the guidance at this link

The governor's office also gave guidance for businesses that provide and sell self-service food. You can read that guidance at this link.

On April 11, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that Governor Kelly’s Executive Order 20-18 pertaining to mass gatherings of more than 10 people stands. The Governor’s order includes limits on funerals and religious gatherings, bringing the state in line with Johnson County's order on this issue. Read this guidance from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment on mass gatherings including religious activities.

KDHE adds state to travel quarantine list

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added one state to the quarantine list: Connecticut. This is effective for persons returning today, April 6, and moving forward. See the comprehensive list of those individuals in Kansas needing to quarantine for 14 days.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 13, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
as of April 13, 2020

Positive cases* 310
Deaths 15
Negatives tests 2,723

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution
Age range Number of cases Number of deaths
0-9 1  
10-19 3  
20-29 29  
30-39 34  
40-49 48 1
50-59 67  
60-69 45  
70-79 34 3
80-89 49 11

Daily update video

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Read this guidance from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment on mass gatherings including religious activities. Learn more about the importance of staying home.

State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Get more information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the use of masks.

COVID-19 data dashboard to be announced

WHEN: 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 14
WHAT: Details of a new dashboard that will go live on April 14. It will provide a wide range of data points, including zip code case information, hospital capacity and more.
WHERE: Watch live on this Johnson County website or Facebook Live.

County commissioners hold special meeting for COVID-19-related items

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special meeting on Monday, April 13 to address COVID-19 pandemic-related items. They discussed among other things:

  • A contract to acquire additional personal protective equipment in Johnson County.
  • A new COVID-19 data dashboard, which will be available to the public on Tuesday, April 14 (see below for more).
  • Community testing plan initial results and plans to test essential workers and first responders.

Watch a re-broadcast of the BOCC special meeting on this Johnson County website or on Facebook.

Attorney General's Office warns of coronavirus (COVID-19) scams

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging Kansans to use caution against a new text message scam involving COVID-19.

The text message scam, as reported to the Attorney General’s Office, reads: “Someone who came in contact with you tested positive or has shown symptoms for COVID-19 & recommends you self-isolate/get tested.” The text then contains a link to a website for more information. Consumers are advised to not respond to the message, nor click on the bogus website link. If you receive this message, contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division online. You can also call 800-432-2310.

Read more information about this coronavirus text message scam.

Care packages for those served by Johnson County Developmental Supports

Care and activity packages are being provided to homes where Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) offers residential services.

With the closing of the Elmore Center out of precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, JCDS and Friends of JCDS staff have created care packages for residents in the homes during the stay-at-home order.

JCDS staff is sending activity kits weekly to all 24 homes and to everyone who receives services through independent living.

RideKC in Johnson County to reduce bus service due to stay-at-home order

Due to the stay-at-home order issued by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, Johnson County announces a reduction in transit service levels to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining access to essential businesses and services for riders. Beginning Monday, April 13, RideKC Johnson County bus routes will run a reduced daily schedule. Read the county's news release for details, including a link for detailed information about each route.

Food pantries here to help those in need

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In the past three weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now. Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

Donations are needed as well to continue to serve the community. Currently the best way to donate is through monetary donations. With the current stay-at-home order and practicing physical distancing, Human Services is not actively accepting donations at this time. As soon as it is safe to accept donations from the public, it will host food drives and set up collection sites for food.

2020 appeal filing deadline extension

Given the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it has made on our community, the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office has extended the Informal Appeal filing deadline to April 17, 2020 at 5 p.m.

For the convenience of our residents, we have created three ways to file your informal appeal. The Appraiser’s Office recommends submitting appeal applications online at www.jocogov.org/dept/appraiser/home or be mailed and postmarked on or before the April 17, 2020 deadline. Lastly, appeals can be placed inside the Appraiser’s Office DROP BOX located outside the front door at 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe.

IMPORTANT:  Appeal applications must include all supporting documentation at the time of submittal.

Once the appeal is received the Appraiser’s Office will review and process the application, schedule the telephone hearing then mail a confirmation letter with the date and time of the hearing. 

A hearing based on evidence (HBE), is another option for property owners. This is streamlined by the submittal of pictures, outside appraisals, or other documentation. The appraiser will review and then decide if there should be an adjustment made based on the evidence submitted.

Please note we are not conducting in-person hearings for the safety of our citizens and staff.

As a reminder, appeals are not based on current economic conditions but, rather on fair market value as of January 1, 2020.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office at 913-715-9000.

Johnson County coronavirus (COVID-19) testing plan underway

Expanded testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be done in phases in Johnson County and includes the following:

  • Long-term care facilities testing beginning this week with residents and staff in 40 facilities
  • Self-reporting survey launched (see below to take the survey - open to all Johnson County residents)
  • Drive-through community sampling begins Friday, April 10 (only for residents who receive an invitation for demographic and geographic sampling)
  • Continued testing of the seriously ill
  • Essential worker testing
  • Testing of first responders

Learn more about the county's testing plan.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to [email protected].

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911.

On April 3, the governor's office provided clarification on its order regarding religious activities. The clarification provides that local mass gathering limitations are still in effect and apply to churches unless they are exempted. As such, Johnson County's 10-person limit on mass gatherings remains in effect through April 22. The county's mass gathering order does not exempt religious activities. You can read the guidance at this link

The governor's office also gave guidance for businesses that provide and sell self-service food. You can read that guidance at this link.

On April 11, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that Governor Kelly’s Executive Order 20-18 pertaining to mass gatherings of more than 10 people stands. The Governor’s order includes limits on funerals and religious gatherings, bringing the state in line with Johnson County's order on this issue. Read this guidance from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment on mass gatherings including religious activities.

KDHE adds state to travel quarantine list

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added one state to the quarantine list: Connecticut. This is effective for persons returning today, April 6, and moving forward. See the comprehensive list of those individuals in Kansas needing to quarantine for 14 days.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 12, 2020

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Laura Kelly’s Executive Order 20-18 pertaining to mass gatherings of more than 10 people stands. https://www.kscourts.org/home

The governor’s order includes limits on funerals and religious gatherings, bringing the state in line with Johnson County's order on this issue. Read this guidance from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment on mass gatherings including religious activities.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
as of 9 a.m. April 12, 2020

Positive cases* 300
Deaths 14
Negatives tests 2417

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 55)
Age range Number of cases Number of deaths
0-9 1  
10-19 3  
20-29 29  
30-39 33  
40-49 46 1
50-59 63  
60-69 45  
70-79 32 3
80-89 48 10

Daily update video

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As spring holidays approach and the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Read this guidance from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment on mass gatherings including religious activities. Learn more about the importance of staying home.

State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Additional information about this guidance was provided in the Friday, April 10 Governor's news conference, available on Facebook, including an instructional for putting on and wearing a cloth mask.

Attorney General's Office warns of coronavirus (COVID-19) scams

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging Kansans to use caution against a new text message scam involving COVID-19.

The text message scam, as reported to the Attorney General’s Office, reads:

“Someone who came in contact with you tested positive or has shown symptoms for COVID-19 & recommends you self-isolate/get tested.”

The text then contains a link to a website for more information. Consumers are advised to not respond to the message, nor click on the bogus website link. If you receive this message, contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division online. You can also call 800-432-2310.

Read more information about this coronavirus text message scam.

Care packages for those served by Johnson County Developmental Supports

Care and activity packages are being provided to homes where Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) offers residential services.

With the closing of the Elmore Center out of precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, JCDS and Friends of JCDS staff have created care packages for residents in the homes during the stay-at-home order.

JCDS staff is sending activity kits weekly to all 24 homes and to everyone who receives services through independent living.

RideKC in Johnson County to reduce bus service due to stay-at-home order

Due to the stay-at-home order issued by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, Johnson County announces a reduction in transit service levels to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining access to essential businesses and services for riders. Beginning Monday, April 13, RideKC Johnson County bus routes will run a reduced daily schedule. Read the county's news release for details, including a link for detailed information about each route.

Food pantries here to help those in need

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In the past three weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now. Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

Donations are needed as well to continue to serve the community. Currently the best way to donate is through monetary donations. With the current stay-at-home order and practicing physical distancing, Human Services is not actively accepting donations at this time. As soon as it is safe to accept donations from the public, it will host food drives and set up collection sites for food.

2020 appeal filing deadline extension

Given the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it has made on our community, the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office has extended the Informal Appeal filing deadline to April 17, 2020 at 5 p.m.

For the convenience of our residents, we have created three ways to file your informal appeal. The Appraiser’s Office recommends submitting appeal applications online at www.jocogov.org/dept/appraiser/home or be mailed and postmarked on or before the April 17, 2020 deadline. Lastly, appeals can be placed inside the Appraiser’s Office DROP BOX located outside the front door at 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe.

IMPORTANT:  Appeal applications must include all supporting documentation at the time of submittal.

Once the appeal is received the Appraiser’s Office will review and process the application, schedule the telephone hearing then mail a confirmation letter with the date and time of the hearing. 

A hearing based on evidence (HBE), is another option for property owners. This is streamlined by the submittal of pictures, outside appraisals, or other documentation. The appraiser will review and then decide if there should be an adjustment made based on the evidence submitted.

Please note we are not conducting in-person hearings for the safety of our citizens and staff.

As a reminder, appeals are not based on current economic conditions but, rather on fair market value as of January 1, 2020.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office at 913-715-9000.

Johnson County coronavirus (COVID-19) testing plan underway

Expanded testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be done in phases in Johnson County and includes the following:

  • Long-term care facilities testing beginning this week with residents and staff in 40 facilities
  • Self-reporting survey launched (see below to take the survey - open to all Johnson County residents)
  • Drive-through community sampling begins Friday, April 10 (only for residents who receive an invitation for demographic and geographic sampling)
  • Continued testing of the seriously ill
  • Essential worker testing
  • Testing of first responders

Learn more about the county's testing plan.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

On April 3, the governor's office provided clarification on its order regarding religious activities. The clarification provides that local mass gathering limitations are still in effect and apply to churches unless they are exempted. As such, Johnson County's 10-person limit on mass gatherings remains in effect through April 22. The county's mass gathering order does not exempt religious activities. You can read the guidance at this link. The governor's office also gave guidance for businesses that provide and sell self-service food. You can read that guidance at this link.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to [email protected].

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911.

KDHE adds state to travel quarantine list

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added one state to the quarantine list: Connecticut. This is effective for persons returning today, April 6, and moving forward. See the comprehensive list of those individuals in Kansas needing to quarantine for 14 days.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 11, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
as of 9 a.m. April 11, 2020

Positive cases* 281
Deaths 13
Negatives tests 2200

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 56)
Age range Number of cases Number of deaths
0-9 1  
10-19 3  
20-29 28  
30-39 30  
40-49 42 1
50-59 59  
60-69 43  
70-79 29 3
80-89 46 9

Daily update video

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As spring holidays approach and the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Read this guidance from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment on mass gatherings including religious activities. Learn more about the importance of staying home.

State issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of homemade cloth masks.

Tips on using a mask:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Additional information about this guidance was provided in the Friday, April 10 Governor's news conference, available on Facebook, including an instructional for putting on and wearing a cloth mask.

Attorney General's Office warns of coronavirus (COVID-19) scams

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging Kansans to use caution against a new text message scam involving COVID-19.

The text message scam, as reported to the Attorney General’s Office, reads:

“Someone who came in contact with you tested positive or has shown symptoms for COVID-19 & recommends you self-isolate/get tested.”

The text then contains a link to a website for more information. Consumers are advised to not respond to the message, nor click on the bogus website link. If you receive this message, contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division online. You can also call 800-432-2310.

Read more information about this coronavirus text message scam.

Care packages for those served by Johnson County Developmental Supports

Care and activity packages are being provided to homes where Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) offers residential services.

With the closing of the Elmore Center out of precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, JCDS and Friends of JCDS staff have created care packages for residents in the homes during the stay-at-home order.

JCDS staff is sending activity kits weekly to all 24 homes and to everyone who receives services through independent living.

RideKC in Johnson County to reduce bus service due to stay-at-home order

Due to the stay-at-home order issued by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, Johnson County announces a reduction in transit service levels to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining access to essential businesses and services for riders. Beginning Monday, April 13, RideKC Johnson County bus routes will run a reduced daily schedule. Read the county's news release for details, including a link for detailed information about each route.

Food pantries here to help those in need

With school closures, job disruptions and health risks, hundreds of Johnson County residents are turning to food pantries for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Human Services operates three food pantries through its multi-service centers located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. In the past three weeks, there has been a significant increase in calls about food.

One agency cannot handle the influx of need right now. Human Services has reached out to local food pantries in the area to include on a food pantry resource list. There are more than 45 food pantries in Johnson County. Currently 50% of those pantries are open and serving the public. Community food pantries have adjusted their hours and some agencies have moved to appointment only. Residents in need of food are encouraged to call agencies in their area for specific information as each agency has different guidelines and eligibility requirements.

Donations are needed as well to continue to serve the community. Currently the best way to donate is through monetary donations. With the current stay-at-home order and practicing physical distancing, Human Services is not actively accepting donations at this time. As soon as it is safe to accept donations from the public, it will host food drives and set up collection sites for food.

2020 appeal filing deadline extension

Given the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it has made on our community, the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office has extended the Informal Appeal filing deadline to April 17, 2020 at 5 p.m.

For the convenience of our residents, we have created three ways to file your informal appeal. The Appraiser’s Office recommends submitting appeal applications online at www.jocogov.org/dept/appraiser/home or be mailed and postmarked on or before the April 17, 2020 deadline. Lastly, appeals can be placed inside the Appraiser’s Office DROP BOX located outside the front door at 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe.

IMPORTANT:  Appeal applications must include all supporting documentation at the time of submittal.

Once the appeal is received the Appraiser’s Office will review and process the application, schedule the telephone hearing then mail a confirmation letter with the date and time of the hearing. 

A hearing based on evidence (HBE), is another option for property owners. This is streamlined by the submittal of pictures, outside appraisals, or other documentation. The appraiser will review and then decide if there should be an adjustment made based on the evidence submitted.

Please note we are not conducting in-person hearings for the safety of our citizens and staff.

As a reminder, appeals are not based on current economic conditions but, rather on fair market value as of January 1, 2020.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office at 913-715-9000.

Johnson County coronavirus (COVID-19) testing plan underway

Expanded testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be done in phases in Johnson County and includes the following:

  • Long-term care facilities testing beginning this week with residents and staff in 40 facilities
  • Self-reporting survey launched (see below to take the survey - open to all Johnson County residents)
  • Drive-through community sampling begins Friday, April 10 (only for residents who receive an invitation for demographic and geographic sampling)
  • Continued testing of the seriously ill
  • Essential worker testing
  • Testing of first responders

Learn more about the county's testing plan.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

On April 3, the governor's office provided clarification on its order regarding religious activities. The clarification provides that local mass gathering limitations are still in effect and apply to churches unless they are exempted. As such, Johnson County's 10-person limit on mass gatherings remains in effect through April 22. The county's mass gathering order does not exempt religious activities. You can read the guidance at this link. The governor's office also gave guidance for businesses that provide and sell self-service food. You can read that guidance at this link.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to [email protected].

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911.

KDHE adds state to travel quarantine list

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added one state to the quarantine list: Connecticut. This is effective for persons returning today, April 6, and moving forward. See the comprehensive list of those individuals in Kansas needing to quarantine for 14 days.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 10, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
as of 7 a.m. April 10, 2020

Positive cases* 263
Deaths 12
Negatives tests 2069

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 55)
Age range Number of cases Number of deaths
0-9 0  
10-19 2  
20-29 24  
30-39 28  
40-49 41 1
50-59 55  
60-69 40  
70-79 29 3
80-89 44 8

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As spring holidays approach and the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Read this guidance from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment on mass gatherings including religious activities.

Learn more about the importance of staying home.

2020 appeal filing deadline extension

Given the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it has made on our community, the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office has extended the Informal Appeal filing deadline to April 17, 2020 at 5 p.m.

For the convenience of our residents, we have created three ways to file your informal appeal. The Appraiser’s Office recommends submitting appeal applications online at www.jocogov.org/dept/appraiser/home or be mailed and postmarked on or before the April 17, 2020 deadline. Lastly, appeals can be placed inside the Appraiser’s Office DROP BOX located outside the front door at 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe.

IMPORTANT:  Appeal applications must include all supporting documentation at the time of submittal.

Once the appeal is received the Appraiser’s Office will review and process the application, schedule the telephone hearing then mail a confirmation letter with the date and time of the hearing. 

A hearing based on evidence (HBE), is another option for property owners. This is streamlined by the submittal of pictures, outside appraisals, or other documentation. The appraiser will review and then decide if there should be an adjustment made based on the evidence submitted.

Please note we are not conducting in-person hearings for the safety of our citizens and staff.

As a reminder, appeals are not based on current economic conditions but, rather on fair market value as of January 1, 2020.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office at 913-715-9000.

Johnson County coronavirus (COVID-19) testing plan underway

Expanded testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be done in phases in Johnson County and includes the following:

  • Long-term care facilities testing beginning this week with residents and staff in 40 facilities
  • Self-reporting survey launched (see below to take the survey - open to all Johnson County residents)
  • Drive-through community sampling begins Friday, April 10 (only for residents who receive an invitation for demographic and geographic sampling)
  • Continued testing of the seriously ill
  • Essential worker testing
  • Testing of first responders

Learn more about the county's testing plan.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

On April 3, the governor's office provided clarification on its order regarding religious activities. The clarification provides that local mass gathering limitations are still in effect and apply to churches unless they are exempted. As such, Johnson County's 10-person limit on mass gatherings remains in effect through April 22. The county's mass gathering order does not exempt religious activities. You can read the guidance at this link. The governor's office also gave guidance for businesses that provide and sell self-service food. You can read that guidance at this link.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to [email protected].

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

KDHE adds state to travel quarantine list

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added one state to the quarantine list: Connecticut. This is effective for persons returning today, April 6, and moving forward. See the comprehensive list of those individuals in Kansas needing to quarantine for 14 days.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 9, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
as of 7 a.m. April 9, 2020

Positive cases* 247
Deaths 12
Negatives tests 1980

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 55)
Age range Number of cases Number of deaths
0-9 0  
10-19 2  
20-29 24  
30-39 26  
40-49 39 1
50-59 50  
60-69 37  
70-79 28 3
80-89 41 8

Staying home now key to limiting spread of COVID-19

As spring holidays approach and the weather warms up, local health departments want you to keep your distance from others. The number of cases of COVID-19 can go down if we stay apart. This includes staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Non-essential activities mean not hosting or attending gatherings (play dates, dinners or other social activities), shopping in groups and non-essential travel. Physical distancing is the key.

“We know it’s tempting to get outside with neighbors and friends when the weather is nice, but don’t assume that because you are outside, you can’t transmit the virus to others or become infected yourself,” says Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. People gathering together, even in groups of less than 10, must stay at least six feet apart.”

Learn more about the importance of staying home.

Johnson County coronavirus (COVID-19) testing plan underway

Expanded testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be done in phases in Johnson County and includes the following:

  • Long-term care facilities testing beginning this week with residents and staff in 40 facilities
  • Self-reporting survey launched (see below to take the survey - open to all Johnson County residents)
  • Drive-through community sampling begins Friday, April 10 (only for residents who receive an invitation for demographic and geographic sampling)
  • Continued testing of the seriously ill
  • Essential worker testing
  • Testing of first responders

Learn more about the county's testing plan.

Take JCDHE survey about coronavirus symptoms

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is asking Johnson County residents to complete a short survey in order to understand how many people in Johnson County have or do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). The survey will be available starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, and will close at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 10. 

Survey link - Population Health Survey

This short survey asks about your symptoms or lack of symptoms, demographic and contact information. The survey should be completed for every member of the household. The information is confidential and will only be used by JCDHE to determine how COVID-19 is spreading in the community. You will be asked to do this same survey several more times in the next few weeks in order to compare results.

“Please fill out the survey accurately and completely. Completing the survey is voluntary, but we ask that as many people as possible participate to get a good picture of how the coronavirus is spreading in the community”, states Dr. Sanmi Areola, JCDHE director.

If the public has questions about the survey they can call the Johnson County Community Hotline at 913-715-2819, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

County offices, buildings closed to the public

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

On April 3, the governor's office provided clarification on its order regarding religious activities. The clarification provides that local mass gathering limitations are still in effect and apply to churches unless they are exempted. As such, Johnson County's 10-person limit on mass gatherings remains in effect through April 22. The county's mass gathering order does not exempt religious activities. You can read the guidance at this link. The governor's office also gave guidance for businesses that provide and sell self-service food. You can read that guidance at this link.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to [email protected].

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

KDHE adds state to travel quarantine list

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added one state to the quarantine list: Connecticut. This is effective for persons returning today, April 6, and moving forward. See the comprehensive list of those individuals in Kansas needing to quarantine for 14 days.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 8, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
as of 7 a.m. April 8, 2020

Positive cases* 239
Deaths 11
Negatives tests 1878

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 55)
Age range Number of cases Number of deaths
0-9 0  
10-19 2  
20-29 22  
30-39 25  
40-49 38 1
50-59 48  
60-69 37  
70-79 27 3
80-89 40 7

Take JCDHE survey about coronavirus symptoms

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is asking Johnson County residents to complete a short survey in order to understand how many people in Johnson County have or do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). The survey will be available starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, and will close at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 10. 

Survey link - Population Health Survey

This short survey asks about your symptoms or lack of symptoms, demographic and contact information. The survey should be completed for every member of the household. The information is confidential and will only be used by JCDHE to determine how COVID-19 is spreading in the community. You will be asked to do this same survey several more times in the next few weeks in order to compare results.

“Please fill out the survey accurately and completely. Completing the survey is voluntary, but we ask that as many people as possible participate to get a good picture of how the coronavirus is spreading in the community”, states Dr. Sanmi Areola, JCDHE director.

If the public has questions about the survey they can call the Johnson County Community Hotline at 913-715-2819, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

KDHE adds state to travel quarantine list

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added one state to the quarantine list: Connecticut. This is effective for persons returning today, April 6, and moving forward. See the comprehensive list of those individuals in Kansas needing to quarantine for 14 days.

BOCC holds special meeting Monday, April 6

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special virtual meeting on Monday, April 6. During the meeting, they heard an update on county response to COVID-19. Items discussed include, among other things:

  • A dashboard to track virus activity in Johnson County
  • Critical care capacity
  • Testing for projections

Watch the re-broadcast on Facebook Live or at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

As a reminder, during this time of health emergency, public comments won't be accepted during the regularly scheduled Thursday meetings, but can be shared in advance by emailing [email protected]. You can also call 913-715-0424.

Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

On April 3, the governor's office provided clarification on its order regarding religious activities. The clarification provides that local mass gathering limitations are still in effect and apply to churches unless they are exempted. As such, Johnson County's 10-person limit on mass gatherings remains in effect through April 22. The county's mass gathering order does not exempt religious activities. You can read the guidance at this link. The governor's office also gave guidance for businesses that provide and sell self-service food. You can read that guidance at this link.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to [email protected].

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

COVID-19 Testing in Johnson County

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special virtual board meeting on Monday, March 30 to expand testing. The board approved a program for additional COVID-19 testing in an amount not to exceed $400,000 for between 3,000 and 5,000 test results and authorize the chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and the vice chairman to enter into a contract(s) that are necessary to effectuate this action. Learn more about the board's action, and review common questions and answers about the testing.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 7, 2020

<table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" class="JSTable" style="width=" 100%"=""> Age distribution (median age: 55) Age range Number of cases Number of deaths 0-9 0   10-19 2   20-29 22   30-39 25   40-49 38 1 50-59 48   60-69 37   70-79 27 3 80-89 40 7

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
as of 7 a.m. April 7, 2020

Positive cases* 217
Deaths 10
Negatives tests 1858

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 55)
Age range Number of cases Number of deaths
0-9 0  
10-19 2  
20-29 21  
30-39 22  
40-49 37 1
50-59 43  
60-69 32  
70-79 26 3
80-89 34 6

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KDHE adds state to travel quarantine list

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added one state to the quarantine list: Connecticut. This is effective for persons returning today, April 6, and moving forward. See the comprehensive list of those individuals in Kansas needing to quarantine for 14 days.

BOCC holds special meeting Monday, April 6

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special virtual meeting on Monday, April 6. During the meeting, they heard an update on county response to COVID-19. Items discussed include, among other things:

  • A dashboard to track virus activity in Johnson County
  • Critical care capacity
  • Testing for projections

Watch the re-broadcast on Facebook Live or at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

As a reminder, during this time of health emergency, public comments won't be accepted during the regularly scheduled Thursday meetings, but can be shared in advance by emailing [email protected]. You can also call 913-715-0424.

Johnson County Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

On April 3, the governor's office provided clarification on its order regarding religious activities. The clarification provides that local mass gathering limitations are still in effect and apply to churches unless they are exempted. As such, Johnson County's 10-person limit on mass gatherings remains in effect through April 22. The county's mass gathering order does not exempt religious activities. You can read the guidance at this link. The governor's office also gave guidance for businesses that provide and sell self-service food. You can read that guidance at this link.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to [email protected].

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

COVID-19 Testing in Johnson County

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special virtual board meeting on Monday, March 30 to expand testing. The board approved a program for additional COVID-19 testing in an amount not to exceed $400,000 for between 3,000 and 5,000 test results and authorize the chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and the vice chairman to enter into a contract(s) that are necessary to effectuate this action. Learn more about the board's action, and review common questions and answers about the testing.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 6, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
as of 7 a.m. April 6, 2020

Positive cases* 213
Deaths 9
Negatives tests 1760

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 55)
Age range Number of cases Number of deaths
0-9 0  
10-19 2  
20-29 20  
30-39 22  
40-49 36 1
50-59 42  
60-69 31  
70-79 27 3
80-89 33 5

Get updates by email

BOCC holds special meeting Monday, April 6

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special virtual meeting on Monday, April 6. During the meeting, they heard an update on county response to COVID-19. Items discussed include, among other things:

  • A dashboard to track virus activity in Johnson County
  • Critical care capacity
  • Testing for projections

Watch the re-broadcast on Facebook Live or at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

As a reminder, during this time of health emergency, public comments won't be accepted during the regularly scheduled Thursday meetings, but can be shared in advance by emailing [email protected]. You can also call 913-715-0424.

Johnson County Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

On April 3, the governor's office provided clarification on its order regarding religious activities. The clarification provides that local mass gathering limitations are still in effect and apply to churches unless they are exempted. As such, Johnson County's 10-person limit on mass gatherings remains in effect through April 22. The county's mass gathering order does not exempt religious activities. You can read the guidance at this link. The governor's office also gave guidance for businesses that provide and sell self-service food. You can read that guidance at this link.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to [email protected].

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

State mandates for 14-day quarantine

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added two new states to the quarantine list: Louisiana and Colorado. Previously, just certain counties in Colorado were included. This is effective for persons returning today, March 27, and moving forward.

See the comprehensive list of those Kansans needing to quarantine for 14 days. Get answers to common questions about the quarantine from this KDHE document.

COVID-19 Testing in Johnson County

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special virtual board meeting on Monday, March 30 to expand testing. The board approved a program for additional COVID-19 testing in an amount not to exceed $400,000 for between 3,000 and 5,000 test results and authorize the chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and the vice chairman to enter into a contract(s) that are necessary to effectuate this action. Learn more about the board's action, and review common questions and answers about the testing.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 5, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
as of 11 a.m. April 5, 2020

Positive cases* 192
Deaths 8
Negatives tests 1672

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 55)
Age range Number of cases Number of deaths
0-9 0  
10-19 2  
20-29 18  
30-39 20  
40-49 33 1
50-59 39  
60-69 31  
70-79 25 3
80-89 24 4

New guidance from the governor's office

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's office has provided clarification on its order regarding religious activities. The clarification provides that local mass gathering limitations are still in effect and apply to churches unless they are exempted. As such, Johnson County's 10-person limit on mass gatherings remains in effect through April 22. Our mass gathering order does not exempt religious activities. You can read the guidance at this link.

The governor's office also gave guidance for businesses that provide and sell self-service food. You can read the guidance at this link.

BOCC to hold special meeting Monday, April 6

At its regular meeting on Thursday, April 2, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners decided to meet more frequently in order to receive updates on the ever-changing climate of COVID-19. The next meeting of the commission will be held at 3 p.m., on Monday, April 6.

The county commissioners will not be physically present in the board hearing room and will be using an online meeting tool to conduct the meeting. You can watch live on Facebook Live or through this Johnson County website.This is being done due to the Johnson County Administration Building being closed to the public and to observe physical distancing guidance for the safety and well-being of those involved.

During this time of health emergency, public comments won't be accepted during the regularly scheduled Thursday meetings, but can be shared in advance by emailing [email protected]. You can also call 913-715-0424.

Get updates by email

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Governor Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to [email protected].

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

State mandates for 14-day quarantine

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added two new states to the quarantine list: Louisiana and Colorado. Previously, just certain counties in Colorado were included. This is effective for persons returning today, March 27, and moving forward.

See the comprehensive list of those Kansans needing to quarantine for 14 days. Get answers to common questions about the quarantine from this KDHE document.

COVID-19 Testing in Johnson County

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special virtual board meeting on Monday, March 30 to expand testing. The board approved a program for additional COVID-19 testing in an amount not to exceed $400,000 for between 3,000 and 5,000 test results and authorize the chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and the vice chairman to enter into a contract(s) that are necessary to effectuate this action. Learn more about the board's action, and review common questions and answers about the testing.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 4, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
as of 8 a.m. April 4, 2020

Positive cases* 183
Deaths 7
Negatives tests 1604

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

** Dates of deaths: 3/21, 3/27, 3/30 (2), 4/1, 4/2, 4/3

Age distribution (median age: 55)
Age range Number of cases Number of deaths**
0-9 0  
10-19 2  
20-29 16  
30-39 19  
40-49 33 1
50-59 35  
60-69 30  
70-79 24 3
80-89 24 3

New guidance from the governor's office

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's office has provided clarification on its order regarding religious activities. The clarification provides that local mass gathering limitations are still in effect and apply to churches unless they are exempted. As such, Johnson County's 10-person limit on mass gatherings remains in effect through April 22. Our mass gathering order does not exempt religious activities. You can read the guidance at this link.

The governor's office also gave guidance for businesses that provide and sell self-service food. You can read the guidance at this link.

BOCC to hold special meeting Monday, April 6

At its regular meeting on Thursday, April 2, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners decided to meet more frequently in order to receive updates on the ever-changing climate of COVID-19. The next meeting of the commission will be held at 3 p.m., on Monday, April 6.

The county commissioners will not be physically present in the board hearing room and will be using an online meeting tool to conduct the meeting. You can watch live on Facebook Live or through this Johnson County website.This is being done due to the Johnson County Administration Building being closed to the public and to observe physical distancing guidance for the safety and well-being of those involved.

During this time of health emergency, public comments won't be accepted during the regularly scheduled Thursday meetings, but can be shared in advance by emailing [email protected]. You can also call 913-715-0424.

Get updates by email

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Governor Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to [email protected].

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

State mandates for 14-day quarantine

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added two new states to the quarantine list: Louisiana and Colorado. Previously, just certain counties in Colorado were included. This is effective for persons returning today, March 27, and moving forward.

See the comprehensive list of those Kansans needing to quarantine for 14 days. Get answers to common questions about the quarantine from this KDHE document.

COVID-19 Testing in Johnson County

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special virtual board meeting on Monday, March 30 to expand testing. The board approved a program for additional COVID-19 testing in an amount not to exceed $400,000 for between 3,000 and 5,000 test results and authorize the chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and the vice chairman to enter into a contract(s) that are necessary to effectuate this action. Learn more about the board's action, and review common questions and answers about the testing.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 3, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
as of 7 a.m. April 3, 2020

Positive cases* 172
Deaths 7
Negatives tests 1521

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

** Dates of deaths: 3/21, 3/27, 3/30 (2), 4/1, 4/2, 4/3

Age distribution (median age: 55)
Age range Number of cases Number of deaths**
0-9 0  
10-19 2  
20-29 16  
30-39 18  
40-49 32 1
50-59 32  
60-69 29  
70-79 22 3
80-89 21 3

New guidance from the governor's office

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's office has provided clarification on its order regarding religious activities. The clarification provides that local mass gathering limitations are still in effect and apply to churches unless they are exempted. As such, Johnson County's 10-person limit on mass gatherings remains in effect through April 22. Our mass gathering order does not exempt religious activities. You can read the guidance at this link.

The governor's office also gave guidance for businesses that provide and sell self-service food. You can read the guidance at this link.

BOCC to hold special meeting Monday, April 6

At its regular meeting on Thursday, April 2, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners decided to meet more frequently in order to receive updates on the ever-changing climate of COVID-19. The next meeting of the commission will be held at 3 p.m., on Monday, April 6.

The county commissioners will not be physically present in the board hearing room and will be using an online meeting tool to conduct the meeting. You can watch live on Facebook Live or through this Johnson County website.This is being done due to the Johnson County Administration Building being closed to the public and to observe physical distancing guidance for the safety and well-being of those involved.

During this time of health emergency, public comments won't be accepted during the regularly scheduled Thursday meetings, but can be shared in advance by emailing [email protected]. You can also call 913-715-0424.

Get updates by email

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Governor Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to [email protected].

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

State mandates for 14-day quarantine

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added two new states to the quarantine list: Louisiana and Colorado. Previously, just certain counties in Colorado were included. This is effective for persons returning today, March 27, and moving forward.

See the comprehensive list of those Kansans needing to quarantine for 14 days. Get answers to common questions about the quarantine from this KDHE document.

COVID-19 Testing in Johnson County

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special virtual board meeting on Monday, March 30 to expand testing. The board approved a program for additional COVID-19 testing in an amount not to exceed $400,000 for between 3,000 and 5,000 test results and authorize the chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and the vice chairman to enter into a contract(s) that are necessary to effectuate this action. Learn more about the board's action, and review common questions and answers about the testing.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 2, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
as of 7 a.m. April 2, 2020

Positive cases* 159
Deaths 4
Negatives tests 1459

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 56)
Age range Number of cases Number of deaths
0-9 0  
10-19 2  
20-29 15  
30-39 17  
40-49 28 1
50-59 32  
60-69 27  
70-79 21 2
80-89 17 1

Get updates by email

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Governor Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to [email protected].

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

State mandates for 14-day quarantine

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added two new states to the quarantine list: Louisiana and Colorado. Previously, just certain counties in Colorado were included. This is effective for persons returning today, March 27, and moving forward.

See the comprehensive list of those Kansans needing to quarantine for 14 days. Get answers to common questions about the quarantine from this KDHE document.

COVID-19 Testing in Johnson County

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special virtual board meeting on Monday, March 30 to expand testing. The board approved a program for additional COVID-19 testing in an amount not to exceed $400,000 for between 3,000 and 5,000 test results and authorize the chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and the vice chairman to enter into a contract(s) that are necessary to effectuate this action. Learn more about the board's action, and review common questions and answers about the testing.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


April 1, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
as of 8 a.m. April 1, 2020
Positive cases* 144
Deaths 3
Negatives tests 1344

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 56)
0-9 0
10-19 2
20-29 14
30-39 13
40-49 25
50-59 28
60-69 26
70-79 20
80-89 16

Get updates by email

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Governor Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to [email protected].

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

State mandates for 14-day quarantine

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added two new states to the quarantine list: Louisiana and Colorado. Previously, just certain counties in Colorado were included. This is effective for persons returning today, March 27, and moving forward.

See the comprehensive list of those Kansans needing to quarantine for 14 days. Get answers to common questions about the quarantine from this KDHE document.

COVID-19 Testing in Johnson County

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special virtual board meeting on Monday, March 30 to expand testing. The board approved a program for additional COVID-19 testing in an amount not to exceed $400,000 for between 3,000 and 5,000 test results and authorize the chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and the vice chairman to enter into a contract(s) that are necessary to effectuate this action. Learn more about the board's action, and review common questions and answers about the testing.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


March 31, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
Positive cases* 127
Deaths 3
Negatives tests 1258

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 55)
0-9 0
10-19 1
20-29 14
30-39 12
40-49 22
50-59 24
60-69 24
70-79 17
80-89 13

Get updates by email

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Governor Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to [email protected].

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

State mandates for 14-day quarantine

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added two new states to the quarantine list: Louisiana and Colorado. Previously, just certain counties in Colorado were included. This is effective for persons returning today, March 27, and moving forward.

See the comprehensive list of those Kansans needing to quarantine for 14 days. Get answers to common questions about the quarantine from this KDHE document.

COVID-19 Testing in Johnson County

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special virtual board meeting on Monday, March 30 to expand testing. The board approved a program for additional COVID-19 testing in an amount not to exceed $400,000 for between 3,000 and 5,000 test results and authorize the chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and the vice chairman to enter into a contract(s) that are necessary to effectuate this action. Learn more about the board's action, and review common questions and answers about the testing.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

March 30, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
Positive cases* 116
Deaths 2
Negatives tests 1162

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 55)
0-9 0
10-19 1
20-29 13
30-39 11
40-49 20
50-59 21
60-69 25
70-79 15
80-89 10

Get updates by email

Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special virtual board meeting on Monday, March 30 to expand testing.

The board approved a program for additional COVID-19 testing in an amount not to exceed $400,000 for between 3,000 and 5,000 test results and authorize the chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and the vice chairman to enter into a contract(s) that are necessary to effectuate this action. Learn more about the testing.

The board also received an update on the Governor’s Executive Order 20-16, establishing a statewide stay-at-home order.

Watch the recorded broadcast of the meeting.

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Governor Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

The state is working on FAQs to provide more clarity on its order, and we will post a link to them as soon as they are made available. Questions on the state’s stay at home order can be emailed to [email protected].

If you are seeking enforcement of the order, contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release.

Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline

913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

State executive orders and news releases

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.


March 29, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
Positive cases* 108
Deaths 2
Negatives tests 1068

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 55)
0-9 0
10-19 1
20-29 13
30-39 11
40-49 20
50-59 17
60-69 23
70-79 14
80-89 9

Get updates by email

Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners have called a special board meeting (to be held virtually) for Monday, March 30 at 3 p.m. to:

  • Consider authorizing a program for additional COVID-19 testing in an amount not to exceed $400,000 for between 3,000 and 5,000 test results and authorize the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners to enter into a contract(s) that are necessary to effectuate this action.
  • Receive an update on the Governor’s Executive Order 20-16, establishing a statewide “stay at home” order and additional COVID-19 updates. 

The county commissioners will not be physically present in the board hearing room and will be using an online meeting tool to conduct the meeting. Please watch the broadcast of the meeting on this website. This is being done to limit in-room attendance and observe physical distancing guidance for the safety and well-being of those involved.

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Governor Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

The state is working on FAQs to provide more clarity on its order, and we will post a link to them as soon as they are made available. Questions on the state’s stay at home order can be emailed to [email protected].

If you have questions about Johnson County's Stay at Home order, check our common questions page or call the:

Johnson County Call Center
913-715-5000
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Enforcement of Emergency Public Health Order

If you are seeking enforcement of the Health Officer Emergency Order, please contact your company Human Resources or Legal Departments. Otherwise contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release.

Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline

913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

State executive orders and news releases

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.


March 28, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
Positive cases* 82
Deaths 2
Negatives tests 846

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 46)
0-9 0
10-19 1
20-29 11
30-39 10
40-49 18
50-59 11
60-69 15
70-79 11
80-89 5

Get updates by email

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Governor Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

The state is working on FAQs to provide more clarity on its order, and we will post a link to them as soon as they are made available. Questions on the state’s stay at home order can be emailed to [email protected].

If you have questions about Johnson County's Stay at Home order, check our common questions page or call the:

Johnson County Call Center
913-715-5000
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Enforcement of Emergency Public Health Order

If you are seeking enforcement of the Health Officer Emergency Order, please contact your company Human Resources or Legal Departments. Otherwise contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release.

Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline

913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

State executive orders and news releases

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.


March 27, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
Positive cases* 66
Deaths 1
Negatives tests 790

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 46)
0-9 0
10-19 1
20-29 11
30-39 9
40-49 13
50-59 8
60-69 10
70-79 11
80-89 3

Get updates by email

Stay at Home Order

Read Johnson County's Stay at Home order and these requirements for golf courses.

If you have questions about the Stay at Home order, check our common questions page or call the:

Johnson County Call Center
913-715-5000
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Enforcement of Emergency Public Health Order

If you are seeking enforcement of the Health Officer Emergency Order, please contact your company Human Resources or Legal Departments. Otherwise contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release.

Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline

913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

State executive orders and news releases

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.

March 26, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
Positive cases* 50
Deaths 1
Negatives tests 620

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 46)
0-9 0
10-19 1
20-29 9
30-39 7
40-49 11
50-59 6
60-69 5
70-79 8
80-89 3

Get updates by email

Stay at Home Order

Read Johnson County's Stay at Home order and these requirements for golf courses.

If you have questions about the Stay at Home order, check our common questions page or call the:

Johnson County Call Center
913-715-5000
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Enforcement of Emergency Public Health Order

If you are seeking enforcement of the Health Officer Emergency Order, please contact your company Human Resources or Legal Departments. Otherwise contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release.

Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline

913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

State executive orders and news releases

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.


March 25, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
Positive cases* 46
Deaths 1
Negatives tests 479

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 46)
0-9 0
10-19 1
20-29 9
30-39 6
40-49 11
50-59 6
60-69 5
70-79 6
80-89 2

Stay at Home Order

Read Johnson County's Stay at Home order.

If you have questions about the Stay at Home order, check our common questions page or call the:

Johnson County Call Center
913-715-5000
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

If you are seeking enforcement of the Health Officer Emergency Order, please contact your company Human Resources or Legal Departments. Otherwise contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release.

Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

State executive orders and news releases

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.


March 24, 2020

Stay at Home Order

Read Johnson County's Stay at Home order.

If you have questions about the Stay at Home order, check our common questions page or call the:

Johnson County Call Center
913-715-5000
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

If you are seeking enforcement of the Health Officer Emergency Order, please contact your company Human Resources or Legal Departments. Otherwise contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 9-1-1. Use these administrative numbers.

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release.

State executive orders and news releases

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.


March 22, 2020

Johnson County's Stay at Home Order

Today's press conference video

Press Release: Joint regional news conference held today

We understand that there are lot of questions about Johnson County’s stay at home order. Some of the actions we are taking to provide clarity include the following:

  • Delaying the effective date until March 24 to give people time to learn, adjust and prepare.
  • Participating in a joint news conference with other metro cities and counties at 1 p.m. today which we will stream on our Facebook page (@jocogov).
  • Answering questions as we can coming in by email, phone and social media.
  • Opening up our call center later today.
  • Updating our FAQ’s on our website.
  • As soon as the order has been finalized and signed by our public health officer, we will make it available online and on social media which should answer a lot of questions.

In the meantime, here are answers to some of the top questions we are getting. You can also look refer to this draft list of essential services and activities.

Can I go outside, take a walk or a run, walk my dog, spend time in a park or trail? Can I visit a grandchild, check on an elderly parent or neighbor, handle my custody arrangements with my children per normal?

Yes.

All of those activities are allowed under Johnson County’s order if you follow the CDC guidance of social distancing. Use of parks and other public areas are permitted. However, use of playground equipment is discouraged.

As an essential worker, do I need an official letter or badge showing that I am allowed to go to work or be outside my home?

No.

Badges and letters are not needed. It’s not our intent at this time for people to be cited by law enforcement as they move around the county or metro. We want to assume people’s good intention that they will follow the order and will be out of their homes for permitted reasons. We do encourage people to stay at home unless they need to perform an essential service or have a job with an essential service or business that cannot be done from home. We encourage everyone who can to work from home and encourage businesses to allow for that as much as possible.

Can I run, work at or frequent a specific business, company or service during this stay at home order?

We would refer you to Johnson County’s stay at home order to see all of the services and activities that are deemed “essential.” If you see it there then it is exempt from the order and fine. We ask that you keep in mind that we want the public to stay at home unless they need an essential service performed or work at a place that performs essential services, and their work cannot be done from home.

As soon as the order is finalized we will post it here and our social media channels (@jocogov.) For now please refer to this draft list.

Will grocery stores and liquor stores remain open?

Yes, as long as people do not congregate and stores adhere to the 10 people or less order and the CDC’s guidance on social distancing.

We are understandably fielding many questions about very specific individual businesses staying open or having to close. We ask that you please check back later today, review the order and see if it answers your question. We ask that you come back to our Facebook page at 1 p.m. and watch the livestream of our news conference. If neither of those answers your question, our call center will be open at 2 p.m. today at 913-715-5000, as well as answering questions emailed via https://www.jocogov.org/contact-us. Instead of emailing or calling now and leaving a voicemail, we ask that you please wait until you have read the order and/or watched the news conference.


March 21, 2020

Johnson County has 26 positive cases of COVID-19, including one death.

Negatives (as of March 20, 2020): 237

Kansas City-area residents will be ordered to stay at home except for essential needs, beginning March 24

As of March 20, 2020
Age distribution (Median Age: 52) Number of positive cases
0-9 0
10-19 1
20-29 2
30-39 2
40-49 5
50-59 5
60-69 2
70-79 5
80-89 2
  24
 

On Saturday, March 21, CORE 4 partners of Jackson County, Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, based on the urgency of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the imminent rapid progression of the pandemic in our area, announce that beginning Tuesday, March 24, residents will be directed to stay at home except for essential needs. All jurisdictions will issue orders that will stay in effect for 30 days from the effective date of March 24, with consideration after 30 days of whether to prolong these orders beyond that date, based on public health and critical care metrics available at that time. Read the news release.


On Thursday, March 19, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners authorized the following COVID-19 mitigation efforts:

  • State of Local Disaster Emergency order made on March 13, extended for 60 days effective March 19. Read the State of Local Disaster Emergency.
  • All previous and current Johnson County emergency health orders ratified.
  • Board of Public Health (BOCC) issued an emergency public health order to update Dr. LeMaster's March 16 order that prohibited public gatherings of more than 10, until 11:59 p.m, on April 2. The new order removes an earlier exemption of religious and faith-based activities, weddings and funerals. Government and judicial functions, healthcare facilities and private businesses remain exempt from the order. Read the Public Health Board order.
  • Watch the meeting broadcast.

The evening of March 17, Johnson County sent out the following two news releases:

Also on March 17, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued the following executive orders:

County's responses before Gov. Kelly's March 17 executive orders:

The county held a news conference about coronavirus on March 7, 2020.

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Hotlines

If you have questions about Johnson County’s public health order, call the Johnson County call center.

913-715-5000
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
TDD: 800-766-3777

To report a concern, call the county's Call Center at 913-715-5000 or email [email protected].

If you have virus-related questions, call the Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline.

Staffed by public health professionals.
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Child care licensing COVID-19 hotline

913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.

Email KDHE or visit coronavirus.kdheks.gov.