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Coronavirus update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

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April 6, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County
as of 7 a.m. April 6, 2020

Positive cases* 213
Deaths 9
Negatives tests 1760

* Positive cases represent those reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment by physicians, private laboratories, hospitals and the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Laboratories. These numbers are not representative of the total number of individuals with COVID-19 in Johnson County, KS. All data is provisional and subject to change.

Age distribution (median age: 55)
Age range Number of cases Number of deaths
0-9 0  
10-19 2  
20-29 20  
30-39 22  
40-49 36 1
50-59 42  
60-69 31  
70-79 27 3
80-89 33 5

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BOCC holds special meeting Monday, April 6

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special virtual meeting on Monday, April 6. During the meeting, they heard an update on county response to COVID-19. Items discussed include, among other things:

  • A dashboard to track virus activity in Johnson County
  • Critical care capacity
  • Testing for projections

Watch the re-broadcast on Facebook Live or at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

As a reminder, during this time of health emergency, public comments won't be accepted during the regularly scheduled Thursday meetings, but can be shared in advance by emailing BOCC-Clerk@jocogov.org. You can also call 913-715-0424.

Johnson County Mental Health Center expands services, resources

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom.

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

Learn more about mental health services in Johnson County.

Stay at Home Order

On March 28, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

On April 3, the governor's office provided clarification on its order regarding religious activities. The clarification provides that local mass gathering limitations are still in effect and apply to churches unless they are exempted. As such, Johnson County's 10-person limit on mass gatherings remains in effect through April 22. The county's mass gathering order does not exempt religious activities. You can read the guidance at this link. The governor's office also gave guidance for businesses that provide and sell self-service food. You can read that guidance at this link.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to KEFF@ks.gov.

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

State mandates for 14-day quarantine

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added two new states to the quarantine list: Louisiana and Colorado. Previously, just certain counties in Colorado were included. This is effective for persons returning today, March 27, and moving forward.

See the comprehensive list of those Kansans needing to quarantine for 14 days. Get answers to common questions about the quarantine from this KDHE document.

COVID-19 Testing in Johnson County

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners held a special virtual board meeting on Monday, March 30 to expand testing. The board approved a program for additional COVID-19 testing in an amount not to exceed $400,000 for between 3,000 and 5,000 test results and authorize the chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and the vice chairman to enter into a contract(s) that are necessary to effectuate this action. Learn more about the board's action, and review common questions and answers about the testing.

Health official recommendations

  • Do not visit the ER for mild illness, isolate at home and away from family for at least seven days or for 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
  • Call your doctor with severe symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Testing is for the sickest patients who are seriously ill and require admission to the hospital.

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these guides:

Motor Vehicle, other county offices, buildings closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, please note this list of Johnson County Government services and buildings, including Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices, that will be closed to the public as of March 25, 2020 for 30 days concurrent with Johnson County Public Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order. If that length of time changes, we will notify the public. More information is in this news release. Some Johnson County programs and services have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note these changes.

Questions about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at 913-715-5000.

Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.

There is also a Johnson County child care licensing COVID-19 Hotline.

Johnson County Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline
913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Hotlines

If you have virus-related questions, call the Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline.

Staffed by school nurses from across Johnson County.
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Non health-related questions, should be directed to:

Johnson County Call Center

913-715-5000
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

State Stay at Home Order

Questions about the state’s stay at home order can be emailed to KEFF@ks.gov.

Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline

913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.

Email KDHE or visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus to use a chat bot.