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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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BOCC to address pandemic-related items, including public health order
January 27, 2021

At 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, the Board of County Commissioners will, among other pandemic-related items, discuss its public health order set to expire Jan. 31. Order 002-20 was adopted on Nov. 19. The BOCC, sitting as the Board of Public Health will consider continued restrictions in public spaces that pertain to physical distancing.

Other COVID-19 items on the agenda include the COVID-19 funding and expense reports, Coronavirus Relief Fund, Phase 1 reimbursement and a public health update.

Watch the meeting live on our website or on Facebook Live.

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to the BOCC
January 27, 2021

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:

Vaccine

  • 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.

COVID-19

  • 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.
Johnson County observes Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 27, 2021

Today, Jan. 27, Johnson County observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a video of Judy Jacobs of Overland Park, Kansas.

A Holocaust survivor, Judy, then a child, and her parents were incarcerated in the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in Germany. She had family members, including her grandparents, who were killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp/infamous death camp and another Nazi-forced labor camp.

Her video was featured in the 2020 Johnson County Veterans Day celebration honoring World War II veterans and the 75th anniversary ending to the war and the Holocaust.

Holocaust Remembrance Day is an annual observance to commemorate the date when Auschwitz-Birkenau in occupied Poland was liberated in 1945. About 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945.

Photos of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in Germany

Liberation at concentration camp

Liberation at concentration camp

Phase 2, Tier 1 COVID-19 vaccine distribution begins this week in Johnson County
January 25, 2021

Tier 1: People 65+, emergency responders, education, childcare and food and agriculture workers

This week, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will start vaccinating those in Phase 2 of the state's vaccination plan, beginning with those 80 and older.

Using the initial Phase 2 survey responses, JCDHE contacted respondents by phone and email in the 80+ category to book a vaccine appointment. Based on vaccines supplies received from the state, all 7,584 slots have been booked for this week. This includes those 80+ and those from Phase 1 (primarily health care workers), who are either receiving their first or second doses of vaccine. Vaccine clinics will be held Tuesday through Friday, this week. When the 80+ group has been vaccinated, JCDHE will move to the next age group.

Johnson County has prioritized residents and workers in Phase 2 based on those at higher risk for complications and COVID-19 exposure. Phase 2 includes three tiers.

  • Tier 1: 65+, educators/school staff, childcare staff, emergency responders and food and agriculture workers (additional subgroups will be identified as vaccine becomes available)
  • Tier 2: Homeless shelters and other homeless housing settings and dwelling places; congregate child care institutions, adult and child protective services; emergency shelters or safe houses for victims of domestic violence; corrections facilities, including jails and juvenile justice facilities; behavioral health institutions (including mental health institutions) and residential treatment centers; adult care homes, residents and staff in home-plus facilities not covered in Phase 1; any remaining senior living homes; home care givers (paid or unpaid), personal care aides
  • Tier 3: All unvaccinated persons prioritized in previous phases; water and wastewater; the U.S. Postal Service; Department of Motor Vehicles; retail, warehouses and sales outlets; companies that supply critical services or materials for the COVID-19 response (e.g. personal protective equipment)

People in all phases of Phase 2 should continue to take an interest survey available at jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine. When doses become available, subsets of groups who completed the survey will receive an email with instructions on booking an appointment.

Health systems in Johnson County have begun to contact patients in their systems to gauge interest in receiving the vaccine. People in Tier 1 of Phase 2 should also reach out to their primary care physician and inquire about vaccination availability. Other partners will serve as vaccination locations for specific groups:

Further instructions on booking appointments through these providers will be available on jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine.

Those in Phase 1 who have not received a vaccine may still receive their first dose during Phase 2. Second doses have been reserved for those who have already received their first doses.

JoCo on the Go: Moving into Phase 2 of vaccination rollout
January 22, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #76, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Sanmi Areola as he talks about the logistics of moving the county into Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. He discusses who is next up for vaccinations and how you can express interest in getting the vaccine if you’re in the Phase 2 group.

Get more information about COVID-19 vaccines in Johnson County. Look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Learn more about JoCo on the Go and get a complete transcript of this episode.

Board of County Commissioners update
January 21, 2021

More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, for the Board of County Commissioners Meetings, the County Commissioners will not be physically present in the Board Hearing room and will be using Zoom, an online meeting tool, to conduct the meeting. A live broadcast will still be available at our link below or on Facebook Live.

Public Comments for the January 21, 2021 meeting will be accepted “live” as a trial for the virtual BOCC meeting for those who have preregistered. Individuals wishing to speak may register by completing the registration form at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6asCOR2uTHW0_MYUzipBOQ. Registration closes at noon (12:00 p.m.) on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. If you complete the registration, you will receive an email notice later in the day on Wednesday regarding the status of your registration. Instructions on joining and speaking at the virtual meeting will be included in the email notice. The BOCC has established a limit of 50 speakers for the trial process at the January 21st meeting. If more than 50 individuals register, the 50 speakers will be determined by a random process. Speakers will be limited to 2 minutes each and will be audio only.

If you would like to make a written public comment for the meeting, please use this link, Public Comments and complete the form. Written Comments received by noon Wednesday will be shared with the entire Board prior to the meeting. Written Comments will not be read into the record during the meeting. If you are unable to use this internet link, you may call the following number, and we will record your information. (913) 715-0424.

If you plan to attend a Board of County Commissioners meeting and need an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter or other Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation, please use this form to let us know what reasonable accommodation you need or via the Kansas Relay Operator at (800) 766-3777, or by phone at (913) 715-0430 at least two (2) business days prior to the meeting.

If you experience viewing quality issues using the live link below, please view the meeting utilizing the Facebook Live Link. We apologize for any inconvenience.

BOCC actions for Jan. 21, 2021

  • Approved a request from Tim Orrick, Orrick & Erskine, LLP, applicant, and Karen Humphrey, trustee of the Karen Humphrey Revocable Living Trust, landowner, for Rezoning from RUR, Rural District, to PRU1B, Planned Residential Urban Single-Family 1B District, and an associated Preliminary and Final Plat, with a minimum infrastructure waiver, for 2 residential lots, to be known as Humphrey Homes, on 33,000 sq. ft., located at 29310 W. 153rd Terrace. 
  • Approved a request from Deb Brown, SMJ, International, LLC, applicant, and American Tower – Margaret J. and Edward N. McCarthy, Trustee, landowners, for CUP Renewal to allow continued use of a 180-ft. tall communication tower and associated ground equipment, at 37200 W. 199th Street, in Section 6, Township 15, Range 22, McCamish Township, Johnson County, Kansas.

Manager’s Memo, Penny Postoak Ferguson, County Manager

County Economic Research Institute (CERI) Indicators – November 2020 Edition 

The November 2020 edition of the Economic Indicators for Johnson County has been provided by the CERI. The unemployment rate for Johnson County was 4.8% during the month of November 2020, compared to 2.5% in November 2019, a 2.3% increase. Year-to-Date (YTD) the unemployment rate is 5.5%, compared to 2.8% the previous year, a 2.7% increase. The number of single-family homes sold in November 2020 was 996, compared to 776 in November 2019, a 28.4% increase. More information is available in this memo and this report.

Legislative update, Maury Thompson, Deputy County Manager

The weekly report from our legislative affairs staff is available here. Two pieces of legislation the county is monitoring this week are this session’s version of House Bill 2016 (the COVID response bill) and a property tax bill regarding additional notice and hearing requirements for taxing subdivisions.

 
COVID-19 Funding and Expense Report and CRF Phase One and Phase Three Reimbursement, Maury Thompson, Deputy County Manager

The weekly COVID-19 Operating Report, detailing COVID-19 specific expenditures and funding received is available here. To date the organization has identified $118,962,215.41 in costs which are eligible for CARES act reimbursement and received $132,908,515.24 in federal funds.   

COVID-19 update: Dr. Sanmi Areola, director, and Elizabeth Holzschuh, director of epidemiology, Department of Health & Environment

As of yesterday, Johnson County has 39,456 positive cases, 540 deaths (357 deaths in LTCF, or 66%). We have 31,760 presumed recovered. The incidence rate (last 14 days) is 678/100,000 residents and the percent positivity rate is 12.7%. 
Today’s report had in-depth information about leading causes of death in Johnson County, an update on suicide rates in Johnson County and in in-depth report vaccines, including information on how Johnson County will implement Phase 2 of the state’s vaccination plan. Read the full report.

Items currently on the agenda for the Jan. 28 meeting:

  • (Sitting as the Governing Body of Fire District No. 2) Consider authorizing an agreement with the Overland Park Fire Department to provide one or more full-time Firefighter/EMT’s or Fire-Medics for use by Fire District No. 2 through November 30, 2021. 
  • Consider authorizing a term and supply contract with Summit Food Service to provide Food and Laundry Services for the Johnson County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Corrections at a cost not to exceed $2,950,000, with annual increases based on the Kansas City Consumer Price Index not to exceed 3% starting in year two (2). The contract term is five (5) years with the option to renew for two (2) additional two (2) year terms. 
  • (Sitting as the Board of Public Health) Consider extending Johnson County Board of Health Order No. 002-20, which currently expires on January 31, 2021.

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