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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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JCDHE Director provides COVID-19 update to the BOCC
August 11, 2020

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written COVID-19 update to the Board of County Commissioners.

Highlights from the update include: 

  • The number of cases per week has plateaued. We averaged about 90 cases per day these past two weeks.
  • 90 cases a day is still high. When calculated as a rate, we are at 102 cases per 100,000 residents per week. This puts us in the “RED” category per White House criteria. We need to keep working hard to drive the numbers down.
  • We may need additional measures to drive this down so we can reopen schools safely in the least restrictive way.
  • JCDHE is working on enhancing our resources as we prepare for schools reopening and potential spikes in cases.
  • The county met with school superintendents earlier today and will meet next week to finalize guidelines for opening schools.
  • JCDHE increased testing capacity this week. We are now devoting 25% of available slots to pediatric testing, which has been a gap.
Johnson County Mental Health Center provides statement on suicide
August 11, 2020

The Johnson County Mental Health Center collects and uses data internally regarding mental health needs and services to make data-informed decisions about staffing, services and other resources. This data is sent periodically to the Board of County Commissioners and county management. All data collected is in real-time and should be considered unofficial and or preliminary.

During the time period of March 23 – July 31, there were 27 deaths by suicide in Johnson County, based on this preliminary data. Although this data was captured during the pandemic, it does not mean that these tragedies were caused by the pandemic.

“We would be very hesitant to ever state with any certainty a cause of suicide, other than loneliness and despair,” said JCMHC Director Tim DeWeese. “Unfortunately, our community has been experiencing an epidemic of suicide for several years. While COVID-19 has certainly impacted our community’s mental wellness, so has social discord, the economic crisis, racism and the sense of division and polarization.”

If anyone is starting to experience symptoms that are impacting your ability to work or interact with others, please call 913-826-4200 for an initial assessment of your needs. If you or someone you are caring for is experiencing a mental health crisis, call our 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Read additional details about deaths by suicide in Johnson County.

Tune in tonight to hear from Johnson County public health, mental health experts
August 11, 2020

Renee Van Meter, with the Johnson County Mental Health Center, and Megan Foreman, with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, will be guests on tonight's FOX4 COVID & The Classroom - the return to school special. It broadcasts at 8 p.m.

PPE available to ALL businesses, organizations at no cost
August 10, 2020

The state of Kansas has released a supply of personal protective equipment to Johnson County for distribution to businesses and organizations for use by their employees. 

As of Thursday, Aug. 6, Johnson County has expanded the list of eligible groups to now include all businesses and organizations.

Items available include: 

  • Disposable masks
  • Face shields
  • Cloth reusable (washable) gowns
  • One-time use semi-impermeable gowns

There is no cost to receive the PPE. For more information or to request items, visit jocogov.org/ppe.

'Check out' how the Library is serving Johnson County through the pandemic
August 10, 2020

The video below is the first in a news series called “Public Service in a Pandemic.” In this installment, Commissioner Janeé Hanzlick, who serves as the BOCC liaison to the Johnson County Library governing board, shows you the impact COVID-19 has had on library programs and services, and what they look like today. Look for more videos with our county commissioners showcasing how county government is adapting during COVID-19 for the benefit of our 615,000 residents.

COVID-19 impact stories needed to help determine investment of millions of dollars in our community
August 10, 2020

Johnson County has an allocation of approximately $30 million in COVID Relief Funds to invest into our community. These funds are part of a larger federal distribution to the county, and make up Phase II of our CARES Act funding program. We have identified six key areas where we want to make a difference:

  • Mental Health
  • Aging
  • Housing
  • Small business assistance
  • Workforce development
  • Digital access

To optimize these dollars in our community, we want to understand how COVID-19 has impacted our residents, businesses and organizations. We have partnered with the University of Kansas and All in for Kansas Kids to gather stories from every corner of our county through a simple online survey that can be accessed here: 
 
English: https://ourtomorro.ws/JoCoStories
Spanish: https://ourtomorro.ws/JoCoStories_es

Through the survey, you’ll be asked to share a story of how you are coping, or with what you have been struggling, during this pandemic.
 
The deadline for the survey is Aug. 21. The timeframe is short because funds must be expended by Dec. 30. These stories will make up one step of a process that will culminate in the development of several proposals to be considered by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.

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