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Johnson County Public Health Update, Dr. Sanmi Areola

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to the BOCC

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written COVID-19 update to the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.

Highlights from the report include:


  • Johnson County is in Phase 2, Tier 1 (those 80+ and anyone eligible under Phase 1, second doses.
  • JCDHE has administered 11,112 doses.
  • Johnson County hospital systems, including AdventHealth, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional, Olathe Health, St. Luke’s Hospital and others will provide vaccinations to people 65 and older. Children’s Mercy will vaccinate K-12 school personnel (public and private) and childcare providers. Health Partnership Clinic will assist with Food and agricultural workers.
  • As we receive more vaccine, we will open up more clinics.


  • There were 1,369 new infections last week. That's down from 1,965 the week prior. This translates to an average of 196 new infections per day.
  • When calculated as a rate, we are at 128 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • The positivity rate is 9.5%. Our goal is 5%.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase for school gating criteria is 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 gogettested.com.


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