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JoCo COVID-19 testing and containment plan

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Schedule a COVID-19 Test

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is currently testing Johnson County residents for COVID-19.  By testing a wide range of people, with and without symptoms, it’s possible to find out who in the community is infected with COVID-19 and put appropriate protective measures in place to stop transmission of the virus.

Drive-Through Testing WITH or WITHOUT Symptoms – By Appointment

Residents with or without COVID-19 symptoms who are unable to get tested by their healthcare provider can now schedule a COVID-19 test through JCDHE at our appointment-based drive-thru testing clinic in Olathe.

Testing is available by appointment for:

  • Children ages 5-15 who live in Johnson County, KS. A parent must be present in the vehicle to give verbal consent for testing. Children will be tested inside the vehicle and must be able to sit still for a nasal swab to both nostrils.
  • Anyone age 16 and older who lives or works in Johnson County, KS

There is no cost for the test. Test results are available within 3 to 4 business days. Test results will be sent via email if you provide verbal consent. Check your email account’s spam/junk folder if you have not received your results within 4 business days. Do not call our office for test results as this delays the process. If your test is POSITIVE and you choose not to receive your results via email, you will receive a phone call at the number you provided when you scheduled your appointment. If your test is NEGATIVE and you choose not to receive results via email, you will receive a letter in the mail at the address you provided when you scheduled your appointment.

Symptoms of COVID-19 typically appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and usually include fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Contact tracing

As JCDHE identifies medical cases of coronavirus, they will conduct contact tracing to help identify who may have come in contact with an infected individual and help to ‘box in’ the disease to keep it from spreading to others.

The process begins with interviewing the person who has contracted coronavirus and asking them a series of questions to identify how they were exposed and who they may have exposed once they became sick with the virus. Once this information is obtained, the contact tracer will then reach out to those contacts and let them know they are at risk for developing an infection.

Those individuals are asked to stay at home for 14 days so that they do not infect others around them in their community.

JCDHE started contact tracing with the first confirmed case of coronavirus in March and continued throughout the stay-at-home orders. Now that Johnson County is reopening, and more people are interacting with each other, the number of cases are expected to increase.  Johnson County has expanded the number of contract tracers who are making calls.  JCDHE has trained staff and volunteers, including school nurses and local college students studying medicine and/or public health, to assist with contact tracing. All information shared with the contact tracer is confidential and protected under HIPPA. The person who is infected is not identified.

Background on COVID-19 testing in Johnson County

The first case of COVID-19 in Johnson County was identified on March 7, 2020. Initially, the first cases were travel-related, and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) tested people and conducted contact tracing.

Since then, Johnson County has experienced community transmission, meaning the virus is being transmitted from person to person in the county.

Due to limited resources when they determined the virus was spreading in the community, JCDHE prioritized laboratory testing for high risk, hospitalized people.

On March 30, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners authorized a program for more COVID-19 testing in an amount not to exceed $400,000. The funding comes from the county’s general fund reserves to be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, if allowable.

JCDHE began by surveying residents and conducted testing on a representative sample of county residents to assess how widespread the virus was in the community.

In April, JCDHE began testing certain populations at higher risk for contracting COVID-19, including essential workers and residents and workers at long-term care facilities. First responders were tested through St. Luke’s Hospital. JCDHE also scheduled testing opportunities for persons experiencing homelessness and people who are primarily Spanish speaking.

Community Testing Clinics

Types of tests

Learn about the three types of COVID-19 tests.

Testing Process Explained

COVID-19 Videos


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Questions or concerns?

If you have questions about Johnson County’s public health order or to report a concern about a violation, email [email protected].

If you have virus-related questions, call the Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline. You can also call this number if you need a safe place to quarantine or isolate.

Staffed by public health professionals.
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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