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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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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.

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JCDHE drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic has new hours
March 16, 2021

Beginning this week, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be available on Mondays and Thursdays at the health services building, in Olathe.

Interest has substantially decreased, so staff has been reassigned to assist with vaccine clinics. Drive-thru testing is available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Book a COVID-19 test appointment.

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 and vaccine update to BOCC
March 16, 2021

On Tuesday, March 16, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written COVID-19 and vaccine update to the Board of County Commissioners.

Highlights from the briefing include:

  • Johnson County is currently vaccinating in Phase 2 of the state's plan, and preparing to move into subsequent phases.
  • The all-phases interest survey is now open.
  • There were 232 new infections last week. That's down from 244 the week prior. This translates to an average of 33 new infections per day.
  • When calculated as a rate, we are at 39 cases per 100,000 residents per week.
  • Our recommended phase for school gating criteria is the Yellow Zone.
  • COVID-19 testing remains available at JCDHE and state-sponsored sites through gogettested.com.
Regional COVID-19 response news conference
March 16, 2021

Today, regional leaders made remarks at Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri to recognize one year of fighting COVID-19. Approximately one year ago, elected and public health leaders gathered at the same location to announce safety precautions to stop the spread of the virus.

During the event a new, temporary display was unveiled that allows the public to contribute a memory or thought related to the pandemic.

Watch a rebroadcast of the news conference. Hear from Johnson County leaders in this e-newsletter tomorrow, about today's regional event.

Learn how the outdoor warning sirens and NotifyJoCo are used for Tornado Warnings
March 16, 2021

The weather events in southern Johnson County on March 15 prompted questions from residents regarding the activation of NotifyJoCo, the county’s emergency notification system.

Dan Robeson, director of Emergency Management, noted that when people create an account with NotifyJoCo they can opt-in to receive a number of weather notifications. 

“Luckily, about 70% of the people who create accounts choose to receive the Tornado Warnings. When people create a NotifyJoCo account they can list up to five locations in Johnson County for which they would like to receive emergency notifications. This allows for people to list their home, work, family, school, etc,” Robeson said. “When the NWS issues a Tornado Warning for any location in Johnson County the NotifyJoCo system will automatically send a notification to any contact in the system who has both opted in to receive Tornado Warnings and has one of their five locations within the Tornado Warning polygon.”

Robeson said they sometimes receive questions about why sirens were heard in an area, but individuals didn’t receive a NotifyJoCo notification.

“Many times, this is because our NotifyJoCo system is more precise than the siren system. As our sirens are activated by zone there are many times when the sirens are sounding in areas that are not technically under the Tornado Warning,” he explained.   

On the afternoon of March 15, there were two Tornado Warnings issued by the NWS for Johnson County.  For each of these warnings the NotifyJoCo system sent out notifications and they were delivered in less than one minute.

“The system has been very reliable, but we look into any issue sent on to us,” Robeson said. “The public can always call the NotifyJoCo line at 913-826-5555 with questions and concerns.”

All phases COVID-19 vaccine interest survey now open
March 15, 2021

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is preparing to move to additional phases of the state's vaccination rollout plan. For planning purposes, a new COVID-19 interest survey is available to gather from all phases interest in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Those who submitted information to the health care survey or Phase 2 survey do not need to complete the new survey. Your information will be included. 

When vaccine is available, and we are ready to move to your group, Johnson County will use the interest survey to contact you with information to schedule your vaccination appointment.

Those 16 and older can now take the this interest survey. Take the survey in Spanish.

Governor announces Kansas to move into Phase 3 and 4 next week
March 15, 2021

Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced the state will move to Phase 3 and 4 of Kansas' COVID-19 vaccination plan, beginning March 22. With this move, those 16-64 with a pre-existing medical condition and other non-health care workers in critical infrastructure will be eligible for vaccination.

View the updated COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization plan.

View in Spanish.

Learn more about the move to Phase 3 and 4.