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County Manager's Office

Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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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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CDC encourages mask use in certain public settings
April 6, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as the grocery store and pharmacy, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

We now know from recent studies that a portion of individuals with COVID-19 don't have symptoms (asymptomatic) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (pre-symptomatic) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity - such as speaking, coughing or sneezing - even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.

Learn more about this new guidance regarding face coverings.

Governor's statewide stay-at-home order in effect
April 6, 2020

On March 28, Governor Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 goes 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 state's frequently asked questions provide more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemption may be visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site.

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

If you are seeking enforcement, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

Appeal option for taxpayers
April 6, 2020

Considering the uncertain economic climate, many property owners have requested that the county extend the informal appeal deadline. The Kansas statute requires the deadline for filing an appeal is 30 days after the Notice of Appraised Value mail date. Unfortunately, the Appraisers Office does not have the authority to extend this date.

There is another option the property owner has in filing an appeal on their 2020 value. Learn more about filing an appeal Payment Under Protest.

State guidance on mass gatherings including religious activities
April 6, 2020

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's office has 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.

State guidance on self-service food
April 6, 2020

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's office has provided guidance for businesses that provide and sell self-service food. You can read that guidance at this link.

JoCo on the Go: COVID-19 update, expanded testing and mask need
April 3, 2020

JoCo on the Go podcast episode #35 includes Johnson County leadership, health and safety experts. Hear about the latest efforts to test residents for COVID-19. Find out why increasing testing is key to understanding transmission and responding appropriately. You’ll also find out how donated cloth masks will be distributed to those who need them. Finally, Johnson County Sheriff Calvin Hayden will share how his crime lab is stepping up to help with the shortage of N95 respirator masks used by first responders and health professionals.

Get more information about the current coronavirus outbreak, including the current case count.

JoCo on the Go is available where you regularly listen to podcasts. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode.

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