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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 director provides COVID-19 disease and vaccine update to BOCC
April 13, 2021

On Tuesday, April 13, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written COVID-19 disease and vaccine update to the Board of County Commissioners.

Highlights from the update include:

  • There were 259 new infections last week. Up from 208 the week prior. This translates to an average of 37 new infections per day.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase is the Yellow Zone.
  • COVID-19 testing remains available throughout the county, through JCDHE and state-sponsored locations. See further below in this email for additional details.
  • Johnson County residents and workers in ANY PHASE can now make an appointment without filling out the interest survey. The interest survey is no longer available.
  • You can sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment here.
JCDHE pauses administration of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
April 13, 2021

In coordination with the Federal Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is immediately pausing administration of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) single-dose vaccine, pending further investigation of safety concerns. In a joint news conference this morning, the FDA and CDC announced they are pausing the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after six individuals across the U.S. experienced serious, and in one instance, fatal platelet-related blood clotting issues.

JCDHE vaccine clinics are currently administering Pfizer, and to a much lesser extent, Moderna vaccines. 7,200 Johnson & Johnson doses have been allocated to Johnson County. Because it only requires one dose, these have been largely reserved for those who might have challenges getting to a vaccine clinic twice, such as homebound residents and those who are experiencing homelessness, or who have disabilities.

JCDHE opens up vaccination appointments to all who are eligible
April 12, 2021

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is offering an easier way to make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination. Beginning today, people who are age 16 and older and either live or work in Johnson County can make an appointment for their vaccination using this link: https://jocogov.org/covidvaccine (content available in English and Spanish).

Prior to today, appointments were only made available to people who had taken Johnson County’s vaccine interest survey due to eligibility restrictions and limited vaccine availability. With the state opening up COVID-19 vaccinations to all phases as of March 29, and with dose allocations increasing to Johnson County, JCDHE is able to remove the barrier on appointment availability and open it up to all who are eligible.

Read the full news release.

Vaccine distribution for next week in Johnson County
April 9, 2021

This week, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) expanded hours for COVID-19 vaccinations.

In the upcoming week, JCDHE will continue vaccinating all those in Phases 1-5 at the Lenexa vaccination site. Appointments will be 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday (April 13-15), and 9 a.m. – noon, on Saturday (April 17).

JCDHE data show that 37% of the eligible population (ages 16 and older) in Johnson County has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 21% of the eligible Johnson County population is fully immunized. Next week, JCDHE expects to receive 18,840 first doses of the vaccine.

Read additional details about next week's vaccination plan.

Olathe Motor Vehicle Office reopens to the public, following COVID-19-related temporary closure
April 9, 2021

Johnson County’s Olathe Motor Vehicle Office, located at 782 N. Ridgeview Road, Olathe, will reopen to the public beginning Monday, April 12, in a limited capacity. The office will resume regular business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office was closed this week due to staffing shortages after multiple staff members were impacted by COVID-19. No customers are believed to have been directly exposed. Deep cleaning and disinfection have been done in an abundance of caution.

Read the full news release here.

Tomahawk Creek Wastewater project continues on time, on budget
April 8, 2021

Groundbreaking for the expansion of Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility occurred in April 2018.

Despite challenges over three years, including soil conditions, extreme wet weather and the pandemic, the project is on time and on budget.

The structural concrete, masonry and brick veneers are essentially finished. Equipment installation is underway, including items such as pumps, 10-foot diameter disk filters and centrifuges. The contractor is working through functional startups of completed buildings and processes to verify everything performs as intended.

Later this year, the team plans to commission the facility and begin treating flow. This process will involve introducing wastewater over several weeks, operating the mechanical equipment and building up the right biology needed for treatment. Once it has been confirmed that the water quality requirements required by the state are met, the reclaimed water will be discharged to Indian Creek. Final completion of the project will be in 2022.

For more information and details about the project, visit jcwtomahawk.com.

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