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How to stay safe in the heat

Summer weather is here in Johnson County. 

Here is some information for recognizing heat-related illnesses and tips for managing the heat.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Extreme Heat from CDC:

What happens to the body as a result of exposure to extreme heat?

Johnson County Developmental Supports facilitates connections with safe distance

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One of the hardest parts of the stay-at-home order is missing your friends. Video conferencing is great, but sometimes you just want to see your friends in person.

To help with this, Direct Support Professionals Lisa Marin and Terri Parker worked together to bring a few people from two houses out for a safe, socially distant meetup in a parking lot. They were able to open the van doors and see each other and hear their friends’ voices.

News from the state

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On Friday, June 5, Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Lee Norman, M.D., held a news conference to provide an update on the state's response to the pandemic.

Highlights from the news conference include:

  • The Governor intends to sign the COVID-19 recovery bill when it comes to her desk.
  • Remain cautious to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

KDHE provided the following data at 9 a.m., on June 5:

Protect yourself from getting COVID-19

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Taking steps to protect yourself from exposure to this novel coronavirus is as important as ever. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment continues to remind everyone to take steps to stop the spread of germs like COVID-19.

These include:

Governor's task force approves proposal of $400 million to local governments for COVID-19 expenses

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On Tuesday, June 2, the Governor's Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Taskforce Executive Committee reviewed and approved a proposal to distribute $400 million to local governments to help address the health and economic challenges created by COVID-19.

Learn more about the tasks force action.

JCPRD takes extra precautions at camps

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As part of new precautions relating to COVID-19, Park Naturalist Regina Wasson gives a camper a mid-day temperature check on Monday, at the start of the second week of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Outdoor Discovery Camp in Shawnee Mission Park.

Other measures to combat coronavirus include:

Community survey results show pre- and current pandemic satisfaction with county services and information

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On Thursday, June 4, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners were presented with the results of the 2020 Johnson County Community Survey.

The survey, conducted by ETC Institute, is done on an annual basis. This year, in light of the pandemic, the contractor did an additional round of surveying to include in this year's report - showing levels of satisfaction with Johnson County programs, services and information both before the pandemic in 2020 and where we stand (as of May). The survey results are also compared to those of years past.

Highlights include:

Assistance available to those in need

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Are you struggling to pay utility bills? Johnson County Human Services’ Multi-Service Centers provide qualifying residents with utility assistance, food pantry, Kansas City Medicine Cabinet vouchers, referrals and resources.

BOCC addresses COVID-19 response during meeting

The Board of County Commissioners received the following updates Thursday related to COVID-19:

Johnson County provides additional guidance to businesses, residents on reopening

On Friday, May 29, Johnson County released a new 3-page document to offer additional guidance to residents and businesses.