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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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JCDHE shares data on vaccines received and administered
January 13, 2021

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has the following update regarding COVID-19 vaccines recently received:

  • Received 1,000 doses from Health Partnership Clinic on Jan. 11
  • Received 1,000 doses from KU Medical Center on Jan. 12
  • Will receive 3,900 doses from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Thursday, Jan. 14

JCDHE will conduct vaccination clinics this week with the goal of vaccinating 1,000 health care workers each day. 

In addition, KU Medical Center will open a clinic this week, including this weekend, to vaccinate 1,700 Johnson County health care workers. JCDHE and KU Medical Center are working on the logistics of how to get people registered for vaccination at their facility.

If you are a health care-associated worker, and your employer has not provided a date for you to be vaccinated, please have someone from your office complete the online form to let JCDHE know your staff is interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have already completed this form, no further action is needed. By completing the form, health care practices/organizations will be placed on a list and will be notified when the vaccine becomes available.

Prior to today, JCDHE had received 1,200 doses from KDHE and 2,800 from Health Partnership Clinic. At this time, in following the state’s plan, JCDHE is only vaccinating health care-associated workers, EMS and public health staff. JCDHE has registered more than 25,000 health care providers to be vaccinated.

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to the BOCC
January 13, 2021

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written COVID-19 update to the Board of County Commissioners.

Highlights from the briefing include: 

  • There were 2,396 new infections last week. That's up from 2,045 the week prior. This translates to an average of 342 new infections per day. This is more than twice what was our highest number for three months.
  • When calculated as a rate, we are at 399 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents. 
  • The positivity rate is 14.7%. Our goal is 5%.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase for school gating criteria is the 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 www.gogettested.com.
  • The state is currently in Phase 1 of the vaccination rollout plan. Those being vaccinated include health care workers, long-term care facility residents and those supporting continuity of government services during the pandemic.
Johnson County holds swearing-in ceremony for three new, two re-elected officials
January 11, 2021

The Honorable Ryan Kelly, chief judge of the Tenth Judicial District Court, administered the oath of office to three new and two re-elected Johnson County officials during an inaugural ceremony on Monday, Jan. 11.

In his opening remarks, Judge Kelly, noted that the county’s 2021 swearing-in ceremony was unprecedented as he had never presided over such an event which was offered virtually, made necessary by the precautions being taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following officials were inducted to their elected county office as part of the proceedings:

Steve Howe, District Attorney. Howe was elected to a four-term term in the 2020 General Elections on Nov. 3, 2020, his third term since first being elected in 2008. 

Calvin Hayden, Sheriff. He was re-elected to a second four-year term in the November General Elections. 

Jeff Meyers, Second District Commissioner. A former member of the Shawnee City Council, he succeeds Jim Allen, Shawnee, who served on the Board of County Commissioners for the past 12 years. The Second District includes the cities of Shawnee and Lake Quivira along with northern Lenexa.

Charlotte O’Hara, Third District Commissioner. O’Hara succeeds Steve Klika who served two terms as a member of the Board of County Commissioners, representing the city of Spring Hill, the southern half of the cities of Overland Park and Leawood, and the southeastern unincorporated quadrant of the county. 

Shirley Allenbrand, Sixth District Commissioner. She succeeds Mike Brown who served on the Board for four years. The Sixth District includes the cities of Gardner, De Soto, Edgerton, the western portion of Olathe, and unincorporated areas in southwestern and western Johnson County.

JCDHE requests patience through vaccination rollout
January 8, 2021

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has received limited amounts of vaccine, but is seeing tremendous demand from those seeking the vaccine.

"JCDHE is asking for the public’s patience with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Johnson County is ready to vaccinate as soon as the vaccine becomes available. Vaccines are an important part of mitigating the spread of the virus in Johnson County," said Dr. Sanmi Areola, JCDHE director.

JCDHE received 1,200 doses on Dec. 21, 2020, and 2,800 doses from the Health Partnership Clinic on Dec. 31, 2020. Currently, health care workers are in Phase 1 and are being vaccinated. This phase will take several weeks to complete, as JCDHE has registered more than 25,000 health care providers to be vaccinated.

Those 65 and older and essential workers are in Phase 2. When additional vaccine becomes available, this priority group will be notified of times and locations to receive the vaccine on jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine. The information will also be shared with local media and posted on JCDHE and Johnson County Government social media pages. The information will be shared additionally in the county’s daily COVID-19 e-newsletter.

Library branch temporarily closed due to COVID
January 8, 2021

Johnson County Library’s Lenexa City Center location will be temporarily closed until Tuesday, Jan. 12, due to a potential COVID-19 exposure. In an abundance of caution, the closure includes the drive-thru window, materials return and the holds pick-up lobby. Holds on materials that were available at the branch will be extended.

A professional deep cleaning will take place while the branch is closed. All staff who were potentially exposed have been notified through contact tracing, and affected staff will be quarantining and monitoring for symptoms before returning to work. Library staff is working with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment to determine any additional necessary steps and will continue all health and safety protocols, such as masks and physical distancing, to minimize risk of exposure.

Johnson County Library’s other 13 branches remain open, and the Lenexa City Center branch is anticipated to reopen as scheduled at noon, on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Visit jocolibrary.org or follow @jocolibrary on social media for updates.

Johnson County Government reorganizes departments to provide improved customer service
January 7, 2021

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners approved the immediate reorganization of two county departments, Records and Tax Administration (RTA) and Treasury and Financial Management (TFM), to improve customer satisfaction.

An extensive review indicated that the reorganization provides an opportunity for strategic alignment of services that creates benefits for customers, operational efficiencies and effectiveness, financial savings and increased organizational capacity.

Read more about how the county will achieve these goals.

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