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.
JoCo health care providers, indicate interest in vaccine for staff
December 17, 2020
On Thursday, Dec. 17, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment announced it's asking health care practices/organizations to indicate their interest in getting the COVID-19 vaccine for their staff.
JCDHE asks that one representative from the practice/organization complete an online form so JCDHE can begin to assess the number of health care workers wanting a COVID-19 vaccine. By completing the form, health care practices/organizations will be placed on a list and will be notified if vaccine becomes available. Vaccine availability is not guaranteed.
JCDHE is following the vaccine distribution recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
BOCC to address pandemic tomorrow
December 16, 2020
At 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, Dec. 17, the Board of County Commissioners will hold its regularly scheduled business meeting. The meeting will be held virtually. Among other items, commissioners will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pandemic-related agenda items include:
Notes for the record - agreements with the cities of Leawood, Prairie Village, Overland Park and Olathe for enforcement services of the public health order.
COVID-19 funding and expense reports
Coronavirus Relief Fund, Phase 1 and 3 reimbursement
On Tuesday, Dec. 15, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written COVID-19 update to the Board of County Commissioners.
Highlights from the briefing include:
There were 2,555 new infections last week. This is up from 1,963 the week prior. This translates to an average of 365 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 426 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
The positivity rate is 14.6%. 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 and Johnson County Community College. This will eventually allow for up to 3,500 additional tests a week through the county. These sites are the only ones without a minimum age requirement for testing. Appointments at these locations can be scheduled online.
Pfizer’s vaccine has been sent to 5 ultra-cold storage units across the state. The first priorities, determined by the state, are health care associated workers and long-term care facility residents and staff.
JoCo on the Go: Vaccine update, safety precautions continue
December 15, 2020
On JoCo on the Go, episode #71, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola. He provides the very latest on vaccine distribution in Johnson County. He also emphasizes the importance of continued use of safety precautions through the vaccine rollout – mask use, physical distancing, frequent handwashing and staying home when you’re sick. Also learn about expanded COVID-19 testing opportunities in the county.
Improvements to Johnson County Library’s Central Resource branch coming in 2021
December 15, 2020
Johnson County Library is excited to announce upcoming improvements for its Central Resource branch, 9875 W. 87th St., in Overland Park. As home to many departments that support all 14 Johnson County Library branches, such as Materials Handling, IT support, and Events and Programming staff, Central Resource Library is considered the heart of the system. The planned improvements to both public and staff spaces at Central will improve efficiency and quality of service across all branches.
Among the upgrades are:
An expanded, relocated Kids Space with more natural light, window seating and a storytime room.
A new drive-thru for holds pick-up and material returns.
Additional study and conference rooms, including new media rooms in the Teens Space.
The reorganization of Materials Handling spaces, through which new materials, holds and other Library items flow, for operational efficiency.
Construction is set to begin in mid-February 2021 and is anticipated to complete by late fall 2021. While most of the branch will be closed to the public during construction, Central’s front lobby will be converted into “Little Central,” with limited services offered like holds pick-up, materials return and access to public PCs. The branch is expected to close the week of February 8, 2021 to prep for Little Central, with amended services beginning on Monday, February 15.
The other 13 Johnson County Library branches will remain open during Central’s construction, though with amended hours due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Library has created a Central Resource Library Construction FAQ that addresses the status of popular services like the Black & Veatch MakerSpace and Genealogy resources, more details about Little Central and where to find alternate services. Construction updates will be posted on jocolibrary.org and on Johnson County Library’s social media pages.
Johnson County joins the state in honoring COVID-19 victims
December 14, 2020
Kansas has surpassed 2,000 Kansas deaths due to COVID-19. In honor of the lives lost and the families they left behind, Governor Laura Kelly directed that flags be lowered to half-staff throughout the state until sundown today, Monday, Dec. 14.
“For the second time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I am ordering flags be lowered to half-staff in commemoration of the Kansans we have lost,” the governor said. “While COVID-19 has impacted each Kansas community differently, we all share this collective loss of our family, friends, and neighbors. We can all honor their memory by protecting each other and working together to slow the spread of this virus.”