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Dr. Sanmi Areola

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to the BOCC

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, 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 2,396 new infections last week. That's up from 2,045 the week prior. This translates to an average of 342 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 399 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents. 
  • The positivity rate is 14.7%. Our goal is 5%.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase for school gating criteria is the Red Zone.
  • KDHE has stood up additional testing sites throughout Johnson County. These sites are the only ones without a minimum age requirement for testing. Appointments at these locations can be scheduled at www.gogettested.com.
  • The state is currently in Phase 1 of the vaccination rollout plan. Those being vaccinated include health care workers, long-term care facility residents and those supporting continuity of government services during the pandemic.


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