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Johnson County Museum recognized for service during pandemic
November 17, 2020

The Johnson County Museum was recently recognized with an Award of Excellence from the Kansas Museum Association for its efforts in three areas during the pandemic it is calling “Collect, Curate, Partner, Serve: Johnson County Museum’s Response to COVID-19.”

This award is given to an institution whose project or achievements are worthy of special recognition, and was notated during KMA’s virtual luncheon on Friday, Nov. 6.

“In the throes of a pandemic with the doors of the museum closed to the public, the curators and I asked ourselves one question: how can the museum help our community,” said Johnson County Museum Director Mary McMurray, who started at the museum in early April. “Answering that question required launching and promoting a collecting initiative, creating and installing a temporary exhibition in six weeks, and partnering with internal and external partners to curate a complementary community art exhibition that calls viewers to reflect, show resilience and rebuild.

Learn more about this recognition for Johnson County Museum.

JoCo on the Go: Holidays with high COVID-19 transmission
November 17, 2020

On JoCo on the Go, episode #67, hear from Johnson County public health officials about just how likely it is that you could come in contact with someone with COVID-19 – increasing your risk of getting the virus and spreading it to others. Find out why this year holiday gatherings should look different. Hear why there are concerns about even more cases following Thanksgiving and the major impact that could have on hospitals’ ability to care for COVID-19 patients and others with emergent medical needs.
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.

COVID-19 emergency order for Johnson County now in effect
November 17, 2020

At 12:01 a.m., today, Nov. 16, the Johnson County public health order went into effect.

Some of the more significant actions approved the Board of County Commissioners, sitting as the Board of Public Health, on Friday, Nov. 13, include:

  • Maintain six feet of physical distance from others unless you reside together, unless you reside together (with certain exceptions).
  • Mass gatherings limited to 50 individuals, whether indoors/outdoors or 50% of business capacity (with exceptions).
  • Restaurants must close in-person dining by midnight.
  • Recreation/youth sports and practices may occur, but attendance is limited to two per participant.

View the full order (with exceptions outlined).

Read frequently asked questions about the order.

As the order indicates, exceptions to the mass gathering limits require submittal of a plan addressing public safety. Those plans should be sent to [email protected].

If you have additional questions, please call the county’s call center at 913-715-5000, TDD: 800-766-3777. The Johnson County call center is available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., except major holidays.

Enforcement of the order will be discussed further at this Thursday's BOCC meeting. Watch at 9:30 a.m., live on our website or Facebook Live.

Johnson County Mental Health Center removes barriers for behavioral health services
November 17, 2020

Today, Nov. 16, Johnson County Mental Health Center launched additional supports for county residents who are members of groups disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, such as:

  • People who are uninsured, underinsured
  • Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)
  • Elderly
  • People with disabilities
  • Involved in the criminal justice system

Individuals may request support for counseling services, mental health-related medications, technology to access telehealth appointments or transportation to behavioral health appointments, based on their greatest needs. 

Any adult or child resident in Johnson County who belongs to one of these disproportionately impacted populations can request support. A social service provider from any agency may also request support on behalf of another individual.

The form should take less than five minutes to complete and is available at jocogov.org/ReliefFundsForMentalHealth.

Johnson County Motor Vehicle offices will reopen to the public on Mondays
November 16, 2020

Johnson County Motor Vehicle offices in Olathe and Mission will resume normal operations with service to the public Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Nov. 23. The department will begin daily processing of Title Drop-Off Service applications, in addition to the continued processing of in-person transactions from customers visiting the offices. A select number of workstations and personnel in each office will be dedicated to drop-off and mail-in title processing. These workstations will be identified with Title Drop-Off signage. Customers who are unable to reserve a place in line due to the offices reaching capacity for the day should utilize the Title Drop-Off Service.

The Title Drop-Off Service opened on April 20 in response to COVID-19, with the introduction of a physical drop box outside each office location and a simplified application and online payment process. The new service option has provided customers the ability to safely receive service while minimizing interaction with county staff and other customers. More than 13,000 title applications have been dropped off, accounting for 30% of all title applications received. The office closures to the public on Mondays over the last six weeks has allowed staff to address the backlog of dropped off applications and mailed in transactions.

It’s important to note that this change does not impact Driver’s License Services, which are provided by the state of Kansas.

As a safe and effective way to receive service, residents are still encouraged to use the Title Drop-Off Service in lieu of receiving in-person service at one of our offices. They can review and complete an application online at jocogov.org/residents/vehicles to title a recently purchased vehicle. Individuals should place all required original documentation in an envelope along with the application. The envelope can be placed in one of our convenient and secure drop-off boxes at our Mission or Olathe offices. Individuals will receive an email confirmation of receipt of their paperwork.

For other services and service options, please review the menu of transactions online at jocogov.org/residents/vehicles.

Johnson County Board of Public Health order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16
November 17, 2020

A Board of Public Health order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Johnson County goes into effect at 12:01 a.m., on Monday, Nov. 16. Below are links to the signed order as well as an FAQ to help answer questions you may have. The order was issued at a special meeting of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners on Friday, Nov. 13.