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

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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Johnson County reporting flu cases, not too late for flu shot
February 15, 2019

Influenza A is hitting Johnson County citizens hard this flu season, much like the rest of Kansas. As of today, Feb. 15, 1,743 cases of influenza have been voluntarily reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDH), with 85 percent attributed to Flu A. The number of cases is still substantially lower than this time last year, when close to 5,000 cases had been reported. This season, there has been one death in Johnson County directly linked to influenza. Influenza season generally runs October through March, with the season peaking at the end of January into February.

Health Services Director Nancy Tausz says although we are well into the flu season, it’s not too late to get a flu shot. The flu season can linger into May.

“If you haven’t gotten your flu shot, please come here to either of our clinic sites in Olathe or Mission or your health care provider,” Tausz said. “Even if you get ill, you shouldn’t be as ill as if you didn’t get the flu shot.”

You can also avoid getting the flu by washing your hands often, and avoiding contact with those who have the flu. Disinfecting door handles, television remotes, toys and other surfaces where germs can linger, will help you avoid getting sick.

Health experts say there is a distinction between a cold and flu.

“The flu hits pretty quickly, usually with a high fever and maybe 101-102, and you just feel achy, fatigued; people complain about a really terrific headache,” Tausz said. “With a cold, it’s more gradual and you might have a fever, you might not. If you have the flu, you’ll know it, because it comes on real suddenly.”

If you do come down with the flu, your health care provider may prescribe anti-viral medications.

“If you can start that within 48 hours, that usually helps tremendously,” Tausz said.

You should stay home from work and school to keep others from catching the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most healthy adults with influenza are infectious beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to seven days after becoming sick. Johnson County Health Officer, Dr. Joseph LeMaster, supports the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE’s) recommendation to stay home from school and child care for seven days, if you receive a diagnosis of influenza from a physician. 

Last spring KDHE updated its isolation quarantine regulations. Disease-specific isolation and quarantine requirements can be found in this document

More information about the 2018-19 flu season is available here. Hear from Health Services Director Nancy Tausz.

Public Works staff member recognized for increasing efficiency
February 15, 2019

Jeremey Biles was recognized Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Board of County Commissioners meeting. The Public Works maintenance worker received a Leadership in Action Award after identifing a lack of efficiency in a shoulder-rocking process. He did some research and recommended a peice of equipment that has now quadrupled his team's productivity. Learn more about Biles' efforts to demonstrate the county's Pillars of Performance

Road closure at JoCo's Sunset campus, Feb. 18-22, detour available
February 13, 2019

As progress is made on the construction of the Medical Examiner Facility, on the Johnson County Sunset Drive campus, in Olathe, a road closure is necessary to extend water and sewer lines. The road closure affects the west entrance to the Health Services Building, and the north and south portions of the Sunset Drive, at 118th and 119th. The road will be closed beginning Monday, Feb. 18, and will reopen Saturday, Feb. 23, depending on weather conditions.

Signs to announce the upcoming road closure and the detour were placed in the area on Feb. 12.

All facilities on the campus are accessible through an alternate route identified by detour signs. There will be no closures on 118th, so neighboring residences should not be impacted. The Sunset campus includes Johnson County Health and Environment, Evergreen Community of Johnson County, the K-State Research and Extension Office, Wastewater, Human Services, Appraiser’s Office, Emergency Communications, MED-ACT and Johnson County Forensic Science and Communications.

The Johnson County Museum ’20s Exhibit
February 13, 2019

The Johnson County Museum is a fascinating look at the history of our community.  But the recent biggest draw for it has been “The Turbulent Twenties” exhibit and there is a good reason for it. 

Want to see it? Well, the exhibit (and actually the entire museum) is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. There is still plenty of time to visit it. The exhibit opened toward the end of August of last year and will remain at the museum until May 11. This exhibit is celebrating a belated 100-year anniversary. It is also included in admission. If you want to see this part of the museum than you are in luck. 

Not only that but there are several museum tours in February and there is even an event called Lunch and Learn. In this event you get to learn about 1920s fashions. Also, as the title suggests you get to bring your own lunch with you. If you want to know more information, check out the museum website

https://www.jcprd.com/330/Museum

This video will give you a preview of what you may see in it. Here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAdzs4ZkOUM&t=1s

Isaac Rankin

County Managers Office

Cultural Celebration and Conversation, tonight, in Olathe
February 12, 2019

The Johnson County Diversity and Equity Committee, in partnership with the Olathe Public Library, is sponsoring a Cultural Celebration and Conversation from 6:30 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park. The February meeting features residents from Africa, including Miss Kenya Teen, who will discuss Kenyan culture and the Keep Girls Safe Foundation.

The Johnson County Diversity and Equity Committee formed in 2017. It's a Johnson County Government group comprised of 20 employees who are working to promote the benefits of an inclusive and diverse population, enriching the fabric of the community and Johnson County Government.

This free event, open to the public, is the second Cultural Celebration and Conversation in 2019. Monthly classes are planned. Each meeting will be held from 6:30 - 8 p.m. (the second Tuesday of each month), on March 12, April 9 and May 14. Featured speakers are Johnson County residents who have moved to the area from other countries around the world. Please contact Kay Low with recommendations for speakers.

Celebrating Positive Behavior Supports milestones and graduations
February 12, 2019

Our Positive Behavior Supports program is creating positive outcomes and participants celebrated important milestones on Friday.

Johnson County is collaborating on PBS with the Kansas Institute of Positive Behavior Support. PBS uses a strengths-based, person-centered approach for improving an individual’s quality of life. It’s a framework staff at the Department of Corrections, the Mental Health Center and Johnson County Developmental Supports are using to create a positive environment for social learning with a team-based planning approach.

The Johnson County Department of Corrections Juvenile Detention Center was the first to pilot both the universal and intensive implementations of PBS. The success of this early adopter led to the county-wide initiative. Corrections, Mental Health and JCDS are working together and piloting PBS in different ways, all at different stages in the process. However, this data-driven program that tracks teachable moments and positive reinforcement is already achieving results.

  • Johnson County Mental Health is piloting PBS with clients in the Crisis Recovery Center, Adolescent Center for Treatment and Adult Detox Unit. Teachable moments and positive reinforcement are being documented and behaviors are improving in this recovery-oriented model.
  • Johnson County Developmental Supports is piloting PBS in its residential and day programs, as well as at a community worksite. Staff cited one example of a client with dementia who has shown huge improvements in behavior due to PBS.
  • Behavior, motivation and clinical progress are improving due to PBS in the Department of Corrections Therapeutic Community. Employees are “catching” clients exhibiting good behavior and rewarding them.

These departments came together with the Kansas Institute of Positive Behavior Support on Friday to share accomplishments and also celebrate the graduation of 10 employees who have completed their Intensive PBS Certification.

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