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Johnson County recognizes Suicide Prevention Week
September 8, 2020

On Thursday, Sept. 3, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed September as Suicide Prevention Month, Sept. 6 – 12 as Suicide Prevention Week, and Sept. 10 as World Suicide Prevention Day.

These national and global dates of observation were created to draw attention to the ongoing tragedy of suicide. Globally, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds. In Johnson County, that statistic is one every four days. Understanding the warning signs of suicide, how to talk with someone you’re concerned about and where to turn for help are all essential to preventing this tragedy from occurring. Suicide is a community issue that needs the entire community to respond together.

Tim DeWeese, director of Johnson County Mental Health Center, received the proclamations last Thursday. In his comments in front of the Board, he highlighted all the ways that the community has come together to turn the tide on the epidemic of suicides. Some of those community partnerships are: 

•    #ZeroReasonsWhy teen suicide prevention campaign
•    #ApartNotAlone campaign by Friends of Johnson County Mental Health Center
•    Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition
•    Sources of Strength (school-based curriculum) 
•    Signs of Suicide training
•    Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training
•    Youth MHFA and Teen MHFA training
•    Public Safety MHFA training at the Regional Police Academy
•    Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

In addition to those ongoing initiatives, Johnson County Mental Health Center has released a set of Facebook profile frames, located on their Facebook page, and shareable graphics for social media and Zoom backgrounds to continue to raise awareness. Now is a great time for community members to sign up for a virtual session of Mental Health First Aid. Remember, help is available. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call our 24/7 Crisis Line at 913-268-0156.

County offices closed for Labor Day
September 4, 2020

Johnson County offices will be closed in celebration of Labor Day, Sept. 7, as we honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. 

This holiday is typically celebrated with large gatherings as we join family and friends for picnics, activities, reunions and perhaps even weddings.

However, since we are amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded that the practices for infection control – masking, physical distancing, small gatherings, hand sanitizing and staying home when we don’t feel well – are more important than ever.

To learn more about how to lower the risk of COVID-19 spread this holiday weekend, check out this video.

Regional public health experts urge anyone exposed to COVID-19 to get tested, regardless of symptoms
September 4, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in the Kansas City region, local public health directors urge anyone with symptoms and those exposed to infected persons to get tested.

Local health departments determined that testing criteria for COVID-19 across the metro will remain the same, despite recent changes to national testing guidance. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention modified its coronavirus testing guidelines to exclude people who are asymptomatic.

The CDC now says that people who have had close contact with an infected individual — typically defined as being within six feet of a person with the coronavirus and for at least 15 minutes — may not need a test if they do not have symptoms. The agency says considerations should be made for people if health care providers, state or local public health officials recommend testing.

The incubation period for the virus that causes COVID-19 is between 2-14 days. If you get tested too early after exposure, it’s possible you could get a false-negative test. Based on the latest data, local public health experts advise people who have been exposed to COVID-19 to:

  • Check with your local health department for their recommendations on when to get tested.
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days after exposure, even if you test negative, as it can take that long for symptoms to appear.

Read more from the public health directors.

BOCC addresses COVID-19, among other items
September 4, 2020

The BOCC held its regular business session today, Sept. 3, which included the following items related to COVID-19:

  • To date Johnson County Government has identified $5,760,119.71 in costs which are eligible for CARES Act reimbursement and received $129,856,921.57 in federal funds. More information is available here.
  • The BOCC authorized disbursement of funds as indicated on the Coronavirus Relief Fund Reimbursement Report dated Sept. 3, plus a funding request for the City of Edgerton that did not appear on the report. 
  • Assistant County Manager Joe Connor provided a look at the new hospital data dashboard hosted by the Mid-America Regional Council. 
  • Dr. Sanmi Areola gave a public health update. In addition to presenting the latest data, he provided an update on working with our school districts on broad saliva testing in schools, as well as reminded us to avoid larger gatherings and house parties as we celebrate Labor Day weekend. Read his full report.
Coronavirus doesn't take a holiday
September 4, 2020

As we approach the three-day holiday weekend, it's important to not let our guards down regarding COVID-19, according to Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. Positive COVID-19 case counts have consistently increased following holidays, due to gatherings.

While we wish everyone a relaxing and enjoyable holiday, we encourage residents to continue to follow the safety precautions to keep yourself and others safe from contracting the virus.

  • Maintain six feet of physical distance from others
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, and hand sanitizer, when soap is unavailable.
  • Stay home when you're sick.

JoCo on the podcast - COVID-19 update
September 4, 2020

On JoCo on the Go, episode #56, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment leaders to get the latest on COVID-19 in the county. You’ll hear why it’s important to not let your guard down as we enter into a long holiday weekend. They’ll also discuss the effectiveness of masks and why masks, combined with other safety measures are useful tools to protect ourselves and others in the community. Also, hear about antibody testing and the health department’s response to recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention messages about mortality rates among those with COVID-19.

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.