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Public health is one of the most important services we provide the residents of Johnson County Government. Every day, in many ways, we strive to prevent disease and promote wellness. Our Olathe and Mission walk-in clinics offer services including immunizations, pregnancy testing and family planning, and Tuberculosis testing. The Johnson County Mental Health Center provides a wide range of mental health and substance abuse services to residents. We serve clients of the Kansas WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program, teach classes for child care providers, manage disease investigation and reporting, and so much more.

Health News

Walk-in health clinic closed on May 29, 2020

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's walk-in health clinic will be closed on Friday, May 29, 2020. There will be no walk-in services available (immunizations, contraception services or STD testing/treatment). The WIC office remains open. 

JCDHE offers appointment-based COVID-19 testing to symptomatic Johnson County residents

Johnson County, Kansas residents over the age of 18 with symptoms of coronavirus can now get a free COVID-19 test by making an online appointment. Residents should seek testing from their primary health care provider first before making an appointment at JCDHE. Supplies and appointment times are limited.

Testing begins on May 18 at the department’s Olathe office. Residents can schedule an appointment at www.jocogov.org/coronavirus.

Symptoms of COVID-19 typically appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include fever (greater than 100.4 F), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Residents experiencing these symptoms are encouraged to get tested immediately as this is when people are most infectious and could transmit the virus to others.

The department will offer drive-thru testing in Olathe, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Spanish-speakers who need assistance scheduling an appointment can call (913) 826-1200 and press 1 for customer service.

The Olathe office is located at 11875 S. Sunset Drive. If the public has questions about the testing process, they can call (913) 715-2819, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit www.jocogov.org/coronavirus.

JCDHE conducts second population health survey

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCHDE) is asking Johnson County, Kansas residents to complete a short survey in order to understand how many people in Johnson County, Kansas have or do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). The survey will be available starting Tuesday, April 21st at 10 a.m. and will close on Friday, April 24th at 10 a.m. Take the survey again even if you took it two weeks ago. 

This short survey asks about COVID-19 symptoms or lack of symptoms, demographic and contact information. The survey should be completed for every member of the household. The information is confidential and will only be used by JCDHE to determine how COVID-19 is spreading in the community. Residents will be asked to do this same survey several more times in the next few weeks in order to compare results.

Questions? Call the Johnson County Community Hotline at 913-715-2819, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit www.jocogov.org/coronavirus.

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:

Mission health clinic closed Dec. 24-30, 2019

The Mission health clinic is closed Dec. 24-30, 2019. If you need walk-in services over the holidays, please visit our Olathe health clinic (11875 S. Sunset Drive). The Olathe clinic will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2019. Both health clinics will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2019. All Johnson County government offices are closed Dec. 25, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2020. 

New check-in procedure for health clinics starts October 21

Starting on Monday, Oct. 21, clients who come to the Olathe or Mission health clinics for walk-in services will check-in electronically using the iPads stationed in the lobby or with a staff member at the customer service window. This new procedure allows us to better estimate wait times for walk-in services. Remote check-ins will no longer be available via the QLess smartphone app or our website.   

Tuberculosis skin tests resume at health clinics

Tuberculosis (TB) skin testing has resumed at JCDHE’s Olathe and Mission health clinics on a walk-in basis. The nationwide shortage of tuberculin skin testing supplies is over. Our clinics also offer TB blood tests (IGRA). More information about TB testing is located here

World Suicide Prevention Day

Sept. 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day. On Aug. 29, the Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Sept. 10 as Suicide Prevention Day in Johnson County. There are many resources available to those who need them. Please visit the Johnson County Mental Health resources page  or the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For immediate help, you can call the Johnson County Mental Health 24-hour Crisis Line — 913-268-0156 — a line answered by local mental health professionals who assess immediate needs.

Johnson County Mental Health has coasters and magnets available on suicide prevention. The details are on Facebook.com/JoCoMNH.

The #ZeroReasonsWhy campaign is just one of the may community efforts that has partnered with Johnson County Mental Health on suicide prevention. The group just celebrated the ribbon cutting for its space at Oak Park Mall. More information is available in this KCTV news story.

Finally, we ask that you remember two messages.

You are not alone.

Help is available.

Child care providers can pick up background check packets

Child Care Licensing staff will distribute background check packets to licensed child care providers who are eligible for license renewal at the Child Care Licensing office located in the Sunset Drive Office Building (11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 2700, Olathe) during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-5 p.m.) or by calling 913-477-8339 to schedule a pick-up on weekdays before 8 a.m. Packets are also available 30 minutes prior to the start of all evening child care licensing classes.

Kansas law requires a comprehensive background check for each individual residing, working or regularly volunteering in a licensed child care home, daycare center or school-age program. Please visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's website for answers to frequently asked questions and deadlines to submit paperwork and fingerprints.

Child care providers can get fingerprinting done at several Johnson County locations. Providers must have their OCA number BEFORE fingerprinting can be done. This is required for both home providers and facilities.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, 588 E. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas offers fingerprinting service Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except holidays). Appointments are available for fingerprints and highly recommended. Appointments require 24-hours advance notice. Walk-ins will be accepted if there is availability, but there may be significant wait times. Schedule an appointment here

Bring the following items with you when you get fingerprinted:

  • Fingerprint card (with top part completed)
  • Square return mail envelope with $1 postage attached
  • Waiver consent form
  • Payment page (completed for credit card payment) or check/money order 
  • A government-issued ID (Driver’s license/State ID/Passport)  

Leave the envelope and all contents with the police officer. The law enforcement agency taking the fingerprints is responsible for mailing the envelope. If you are paying for more than one person, attach a list of names that your payment covers.

Olathe walk-in clinic closing at 4 p.m. on July 3, 2019

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's Olathe walk-in clinic (11875 S. Sunset Drive) will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 3, 2019. Late clinic hours will resume on July 10, 2019. The Mission clinic (6000 Lamar Ave.) is closed on Wednesdays.

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