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Virtual holiday celebration suggestions
December 24, 2020

Johnson County encourages all residents to stay safe during this holiday season, by following precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 – wear masks, wash hands often, stay home when you’re sick and remain physically distanced from others with whom you don’t reside. 

But during the holidays, when we can’t gather together, we can still remain socially connected. Johnson County Department of Innovation and Technology recommends the following resources to enjoy virtual visits with friends and family. 

  • Apple Facetime (up to 32 participants)
  • Facebook Rooms (up to 50 participants)
  • Free conference call (up to 1,000 participants)
  • Google Meet (up to 100 participants)
  • Microsoft Skype (up to 500 participants)
  • Zoom (up to 100 participants, with normally 40-minute sessions on the free version, but Zoom is offering users unlimited time through 5 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 26, and then again from 9 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 30 to 5 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 2). 

Check each app for additional restrictions and instructions on use.

Parenting during a pandemic over the holiday break from school
December 24, 2020

Winter break is a family-favorite time for most families: extra time together, seasonal activities, parties and family gatherings are all highlights. This year, it might feel like a lot of the typical high points of the season are just a little bit out of reach. And, much like the very end of summer vacation, parenting becomes a bit more challenging.

Here are five quick tips Johnson County Mental Health Center is passing along on how to help adjust for the peculiar realities of winter break 2020. Maybe they will help your family reach just a little higher to capture some of those typical high points of the season.

  1. Talk about your feelings with your kids.
  2. Focus on what you and your kids can control.
  3. Create new family traditions this year.
  4. Maintain some regularity and expectations.
  5. Embrace scaling back this year.

This information was adapted from the Children's Hospital Colorado.

Subscribe to the Johnson County Mental Health Center's e-newsletter - Mental Health Moment, for more tips and resources.

County offices to be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1; BOCC meets Jan. 7
December 23, 2020

Johnson County offices will be closed this Friday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Jan. 1, in observance of Christmas and New Year’s days.

The Board of County Commissioners will not meet on Thursday, Dec. 24. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the board’s next meeting by Zoom teleconferencing will take place on Thursday, Jan. 7.

Please watch the broadcast of the meeting from our link at boccmeetings.jocogov.org or on Facebook Live for a live feed or later when the video is posted.

If you would like to make a public comment for the meeting, please email those comments to [email protected] before noon on the Wednesday, before the Thursday BOCC meeting. Please include your name and address. Comments received by noon will be shared with the entire Board prior to the meeting. Comments will not be read into the record during the meeting. If you are unable to email the comments, you may call the following number, and we will record your information: 913-715-0424.

We wish you all a Happy Holiday Season, whichever celebrations you observe. Stay safe and well.

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to BOCC
December 22, 2020

On Tuesday, Dec. 22, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written update on the pandemic to the Board of County Commissioners. 

Highlights from the briefing include:

  • There were 2,285 new infections last week. This is down from 2,555 the week prior. This translates to an average of 326 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 381 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • The positivity rate is 12.5%. 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.
  • If you must travel during this holiday season, driving is much safer than flying.
  • The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has stood up additional testing sites throughout Johnson County at Church of the Resurrection, Shawnee Mission North, Johnson County Community College, College Boulevard Activity Center and Mercy and Truth. This will eventually allow for up to 3,500 additional tests a week throughout the county.
  • Appointments at state-sponsored locations can be scheduled at www.gogettested.com.
  • Pfizer’s vaccine has been distributed across the state. The first priorities, determined by the state, are health care-associated workers and long-term care facility residents and staff.
  • JCDHE has received the Moderna vaccine. The first doses were given yesterday, Dec. 21, to public health nurses.
  • These doses are for JCDHE workers and EMS staff as part of health care-associated workers. The state’s definition of EMS workers is strictly those who transport patients and does not include those who are cross trained (i.e. firefighters or first responders.)
JoCo on the Go: Motor Vehicle self-service options
December 22, 2020

On JoCo on the Go, episode #72, the pandemic has presented plenty of challenges but also opportunities to improve county service delivery. On this episode, hear from the Johnson County Motor Vehicle Department about how increased demand for self-service options has resulted in time efficiencies and cost savings for customers. 
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.

I got my COVID-19 vaccine - share your #SleeveUpJoCo story
December 21, 2020

COVID-19 vaccines are limited and only becoming available to Johnson County according to the state's rollout plan. But as they become more widely available, we invite you to wear your 'I got my COVID-19 vaccine' sticker and take a selfie using #SleeveUpJoCo on social media. Tell us why you're choosing to get vaccinated.

We know many of our health care workers who are starting to get vaccinated are proud to be some of the first in the community to roll up their sleeves to protect those they serve. Stickers like the one you see here are being distributed to Johnson County health care providers to offer people after they receive their vaccine. We look forward to seeing these all over Johnson County!