BOCC clarifies position, disaster declaration continues

During its May 28 meeting, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners renewed and extended the state of local disaster emergency for Johnson County, Kansas, which was originally declared on March 13, 2020, and extended by Resolution No. 021-20 on March 19, 2020, as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This action was required so the county may continue to request emergency assistance from the state and federal governments.

The BOCC also voted to support a message from Johnson County Local Health Director Dr. Joseph LeMaster and Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola strongly recommending that Johnson County residents and businesses continue to adhere to the state of Kansas’s plan - Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.

They also approved the creation of a Johnson County guidance plan (effective May 28 and lasting through June 11), which is reflective of the guidance in Phase 3 of the state’s plan. The county’s guidance plan includes expectations, limits mass gatherings to 45, observes physical distancing and sanitation, which are voluntary and reemphasizes the Doctors’ statements.

Watch a rebroadcast of the May 28 meeting. Read a summary of the May 28 meeting.

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