First Omicron case confirmed in Johnson County

Working with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed the first positive case of the COVID-19 variant Omicron in the county. JCDHE is working to investigate the case (a male under age 30) and identify and communicate with those who may have come in contact with the confirmed case.

“The best way to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Sanmi Areola, JCDHE director. “Get your first, second or booster dose as soon, when eligible, as you can to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Those who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine include anyone age 5 and older. Boosters have been approved for people age 18 and older at least six months after the last dose of their primary series of either Pfizer of Moderna. For those who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, anyone age 18 or older can receive a booster dose at least two months after the first dose.

People should use a layered approach – get vaccinated, wear a mask, stay away from crowds, wash hands frequently and stay home if sick.

Vaccinations continue to be offered for adults and children in the community, by appointment at JCDHE’s Mission location. For more information, go to

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