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Board of County Commissioners

BOCC addresses COVID-19, among other items

Today, the Board of County Commissioners held its regular weekly business session, which included the following COVID-19-related items.

  • Authorization to accept funds from the State of Kansas Coronavirus Relief Fund under the terms and conditions stated in the resolution for the acceptance, expenditure and accounting of said funds. A public hearing will take place at next week’s business session. It is a necessary step for the board to amend the FY 2020 budget to accept CARES Act funding in the amount of $116 million.
  • Approved a motion to allow commissioners to attend board meetings by Zoom during the pandemic.
  • The weekly COVID-19 Operating Report, detailing COVID-19 specific expenditures and funding received is available here. To date, the organization has identified $2,680,834 in costs which are eligible for CARES Act reimbursement and received $119,124,781 in federal funds.  
  • Dr. Sanmi Areola gave an update: Johnson County currently has 2,633 positive cases 47,627 negatives, 92 deaths (77 deaths in LTCF, or 84%) and a 5.3% positive percentage. We have 975 presumed recovered. More information is available on our dashboard. Appointment-based testing continues Monday through Friday, in Olathe, and has been extended to people without symptoms. The next drive-thru testing event takes place on July 10, at Gardner Edgerton High School. At our drive-thru testing event in Leawood on June 26, 986 individuals tested with 25 positive cases identified. More information is available in this report.
  • The board discussed the Attorney General’s guidance to prosecutors and law enforcement regarding the mask mandates. A news release on this topic with a link to the guidance is available here. A motion to rescind last week’s action to authorize the Governor’s mask mandate was not approved.

You can read the full recap of the BOCC meeting at jocogov.org/boccupdate.

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