As of March 21, Johnson County has 26 positive cases of COVID-19, 1 of those is a death.
Due to the urgency of the COVID-19 public health emergency and imminent rapid progression of the pandemic in our area, the regional partners: Jackson County, Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas will jointly announce details of orders for residents to stay home except for essential needs. Read the draft Johnson County order that will be finalized on Sunday, March 22.
All jurisdictions will issue orders that will stay in effect for 30 days from the effective date, March 24, with consideration after 30 days of whether to prolong these orders beyond that date, based on public health and critical care information available at that time.
Examples of essential businesses and services that will remain open during this time:
The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is reporting its first death of a resident from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The person who died was a male in his 70s. He had been hospitalized and had no history of travel. He had underlying health conditions. This is the second COVID-19-related death in the state.
"I know this news is alarming, but we are doing everything possible to make sure the public is safe. I urge businesses and families to take health precautions and practice physical distancing. Work from home, if possible, wash your hands and disinfect surfaces frequently, and stay home when you are sick," said. Dr. Samni Areola, JCDHE director.
On Wednesday, March 18, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued new mandates for quarantine and isolation of travelers, along with close contacts and those being tested.
14-day home quarantine is mandated for Kansans who have:
*Traveling from Johnson County to another part of the state does not require a 14-day home quarantine at this time.
Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This information is updated as changes are made. Please check this webpage often regarding court services, human services programs through Johnson County Park & Recreation District and much more.
As information changes daily regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, this time of uncertainty can create an elevated sense of anxiety. The Johnson County Mental Health Center is offering resources for families and individuals to help.
Check out these resources on the Johnson County Mental Health Center webpage.
We've created a webpage for the common questions surrounding COVID-19. Topics include how to identify symptoms, how it's spread, who's at risk and much more. Check back often. As more questions come in, we'll continue to update answers.