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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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Governor orders statewide mask use in public, beginning Friday, July 3
June 29, 2020

Beginning at 12:01 a.m., on Friday, July 3, every Kansan in a public space must wear a mask. That was the announcement Governor Laura Kelly made shortly after 4 p.m., on Monday, June 29, at a news conference.

"This doesn't change where you can go or what you can do, it just means if you're around other people, you must wear a mask," Governor Kelly said.

The Governor said if you're outside, but physical distancing and six feet can't be maintained, you should wear a mask.

She added that very specific guidance will be provided on Thursday, July 2. Watch today's news conference on Facebook. Read more about today's news conference further below in this e-newsletter.

Learn more about the order

Unemployment insurance benefits, routine processing delays and system upgrades
June 29, 2020

The Kansas Department of Labor is notifying claimants of routine processing delays of unemployment insurance benefits due to the Kansas fiscal year ending and the Independence Day holiday. Unemployment claims processed on June 29 will pay out on July 2. Unemployment claims process on June 30 will pay out on July 6.

On June 29, Governor Laura Kelly announced that Accenture will work with KDOL to provide operational and technological assessments and improvements to support the delivery of unemployment services.

Accenture will work on a fast timetable to improve the unemployment system and services through evaluating and providing recommendations for claims processing optimization, call center operations and a comprehensive technology review.

Get more information about unemployment benefits.

CDC updates, expands list of people at risk of severe COVID-19 illness
June 29, 2020

Based on detailed review of available evidence to date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated and expanded its list of who is at increased risk for getting severely ill from COVID-19.

Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions remain at increased risk, but now the CDC has further defined age- and condition-related risks.

The CDC has removed the specific age threshold from the older adult classification. It now warns that among adults, risk increases steadily as you age, and it's not just those over the age of 65 who are at increased risk for severe illness. Age is an independent risk factor for severe illness, but risk in older adults is also, in part, related to the increased likelihood that older adults also have underlying medical conditions.

Some of the specific conditions that increase risk include:

An estimated 60% of American adults have at least one chronic medical condition, obesity being the most common. Read about other conditions that put you at greater risk of complications. Read more about this CDC list update and expansion.

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD
  • Obesity (BMI of 30 or higher)
  • Weakened immune system from solid organ transplant
  • Serious heart conditions (heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
Johnson County strongly encourages masks, no mandate
June 26, 2020

First and foremost, masks do work. Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will continue to strongly encourage its residents to wear masks. However we are not requiring masks at this time. We are working to ensure hospital resources are not overwhelmed and will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis. Johnson County residents have been diligent in following public health directives for containing the spread of COVID-19. At this time, we will rely on the shared sense of responsibility to ourselves and others in the community as the primary basis for public health response to this pandemic.

Read the full statement from regional public health directors and hospitals.

Essential function organizations asked to complete survey on PPE
June 26, 2020

The State of Kansas is releasing a supply of personal protective equipment to Johnson County for distribution to organizations that provide essential functions within Johnson County.

We are requesting that those organizations assess their own needs and determine an appropriate 90-day supply of PPE for employees and volunteers. Those organizations can then complete the survey and request available PPE.

Please click here to learn more and take the survey.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for residents with and without symptoms available by appointment
June 26, 2020

Drive-thru testing for those with and without symptoms is now available by appointment. It's being offered at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Olathe office, 11875 S. Sunset Drive.

Residents 18 and older can get a free COVID-19 test by making an online appointment. You should seek testing from your primary health care provider first before making an appointment at JCDHE. Supplies and appointment times are limited.

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