OLATHE, KANSAS – (March 12, 2020) – This morning, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed three presumptive-positive cases of COVID-19 in Kansas. These cases involve three males who range in age 35-65 and reside in Johnson County. This brings the total presumptive-positive cases both in Johnson County and the entire state to four. On Saturday, March 7, the first case was announced. All cases are travel related. The most recent three cases involve travel from the same conference in Florida. In an abundance of caution and in an effort to limit spread of illness, Johnson County has decided to cancel its State of the County event, that was originally scheduled for March 24, in Olathe.
“The county charter requires an annual report to the residents of county activities, and we’re reviewing alternatives, including presenting it electronically,” said Chairman Ed Eilert, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.
During the board meeting today, Emergency Operations Center Deputy Director Dan Robeson shared the latest efforts the county is taking, in coordination with community partners and others to address COVID-19.
“We believe early, aggressive intervention will give us the best chance of slowing this situation we’re in,” Robeson said.
An additional priority for the county is to reduce the transmission of illness so the health care system does not get overwhelmed. Robeson reiterated CDC guidance regarding social distancing and those at higher risk taking extra precautions to avoid spread.
The county has created a task force, which includes workgroups focused on public safety, workplace safety and communication. Regular calls are also being held to coordinate with others in the region, including law enforcement, hospitals, emergency personnel and schools.
View today’s Board of County Commissioners meeting. Discussion of COVID-19 begins at 1:04:23.
View the March 12 Kansas Department of Health and Environment news release. For the latest information, follow jocogov.org/coronavirus, which includes CDC guidance on precautions people can take to prevent the spread of illness.