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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please see jocogov.org/coronavirus for the latest update on COVID-19 cases in Johnson County. If you have health-related questions about COVID-19, call the Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline at (913) 715-2819, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

EMPLOYERS: There is NO public health recommendation that employees who are ill must test negative for COVID-19 before returning to work or get a COVID-19 test in order to take sick leave. At this time, we recommend anyone with an illness to isolate at home for 10 days since onset of symptoms, 72 hours fever free (without the use of fever-reducing medication), and significant improvement in symptoms. JCDHE will not be providing letters for employees to clear them to return to work.

Here are a few things you can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community:

  1. High-risk individuals need to be extra careful. People over age 60, people with a weakened immune system and those with chronic medical conditions are most at risk for serious illness (including hospitalization and death) from COVID-19 and should avoid being around anyone who is ill or near large crowds (more than 10 people).
  2. Cover your cough and sneeze. COVID-19 is transmitted when people cough or sneeze near others and those respiratory droplets are breathed in by a nearby person or when someone touches an infected surface and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.
  3. If you’re sick, isolate at home. Separate yourself from others in your household by using a separate bedroom and bathroom. If that’s not possible, distance yourself (at least 6 feet apart) from others and disinfect surfaces on a regular basis.
  4. Call your primary healthcare provider if you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever and cough or shortness of breath) to discuss whether you should be tested for COVID-19 and other possible reasons for illness. You do not need to go to the hospital emergency room to get tested.
  5. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If that’s not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  6. Wear a mask or cloth face covering in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores, pharmacies, big box stores).

Additional resources and information can be found on the following websites: