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.
The deadline for Johnson County businesses and organizations to request Personal Protective Equipment made available by the state of Kansas is 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4. These are requests for a 90-day supply of the following items:
Cloth reusable (washable) gowns
There is no cost to receive the PPE. For more information or to request items, visit jocogov.org/ppe.
Johnson County participates in live community discussions
September 3, 2020
Today, Sept. 2, Johnson County leaders participated in two separate live community events regarding COVID-19 - a Shawnee Mission School District town hall and a discussion involving area chief medical officers.
SMSD town hall - Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola and JCDHE Director of Epidemiology Elizabeth Holzschuh were panelists for the town hall. They talked about minimizing the risk of COVID-19 with the reopening of schools. The health officials also discussed details of additional COVID-19 testing, involving saliva samples (read more below).
Chief Medical Officer discussion - Johnson County Chairman Ed Eilert was part of a Kansas City regional chief medical officer video conference call. The discussion, hosted by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce included elected officials and those representing hospitals throughout the metro. They discussed the pandemic and its impact on the health care system. They also discussed the importance of wearing masks, physical distancing and hand hygiene.
Today, Sept. 2, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment announced that within the next few weeks it will provide thousands of saliva tests to Johnson County K-12 schools. This is part of a strategy to stop COVID-19.
Preliminary plans include testing broadly to get a better picture of what is occurring in schools and the community in order to make informed public health decisions. The frequency of testing is yet to be determined. JCDHE expects to have access to several thousand tests, enough to do “on demand’ testing and to monitor spread of the virus in students, teachers and staff.
On Thursday, Aug. 27, the Board of County Commissioners authorized $200,000 for an agreement with Clinical Reference Laboratory, Inc. (CRL) for COVID-19 testing supplies and processing services. On July 31, CRL announced Emergency Use Authorization from the Federal Drug Administration for a COVID-19 diagnostic test that utilizes the saliva from individuals.
In an ongoing effort to help businesses stay safe and remain open, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has released new restaurant guidance.
The guidance document helps restaurants understand the safety precautions that are in place and what to do should a worker test positive for COVID-19. It also outlines for restaurants and their customers which kinds of establishments have are highest and lowest risk for spread of the disease.
On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written update on COVID-19 to the Board of County Commissioners.
Highlights of the briefing include:
The number of cases increased last week. There were 815 new infections last week.
This translates to an average of 116 new infections per day.
When calculated as a rate, we are at 133 cases per 100,000 residents per week.
JCDHE is working on enhancing resources as schools reopen and there is a potential spike in cases.
Johnson County Courthouse reaches milestone of substantial completion
September 2, 2020
The new Johnson County Courthouse has reached the milestone of substantial completion. The project has been under construction for just over two years leading up to this significant date in the overall timeline.
The certificate of substantial completion is dated August 21, 2020 on the 356,821 square feet, seven story courthouse building which includes 28 courtrooms, secure in-custody circulation, state of the art technology, public gathering spaces and north parking lot.
Visitors to downtown Olathe will have noticed the recent installation of landscaping, site walls, granite pavers and monument signage. The surface parking lot to the north has also been completed.
On the interior, installation was recently completed on Benjamin Ball’s public art titled “Open Prairie,” visible from Santa Fe Street at the main building entrance. Additionally, the historic Goddess of Justice statue has been relocated to the lobby, marking the third courthouse to house her.
Work remaining within the J.E. Dunn design-build contract includes demolition of the current courthouse, the development of a county square and the new tunnel tie-in to existing Olathe Adult Detention Center. Work on the tunnel tie-in is anticipated to start in September.
Installation of systems and ancillary furniture will continue through the month of November as the project team turns their focus toward the training and relocation of staff this winter.
The new courthouse is anticipated to be open to the public for business on January 4, 2021.