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Dr. Sanmi Areola

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to the BOCC

On Tuesday, Jan. 5, 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 briefing include:

  • There were 2,045 new infections last week. This is up from 1,561 the week prior. This translates to an average of 292 new infections per day. This is more than twice what was our highest number for three months.
  • When calculated as a rate, we are at 340 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • The positivity rate is 11.3%. Our goal is 5%.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase for the school gating criteria is the Red Zone.
  • KDHE has stood up additional testing sites throughout Johnson County at Church of the Resurrection, Shawnee Mission North, Johnson County Community College, College Boulevard Activity Center. These sites are the only ones without a minimum age requirement for testing. Appointments at these locations can be scheduled at www.gogettested.com.
  • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been distributed across the state. The first priorities, determined by the state, are health care-associated workers and long-term care facility residents and staff.
  • Residents of long-term care facilities have started to receive their vaccines.


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