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October 30, 2020

Johnson County reports highest number of new infections since start of pandemic

Director says rising infections are alarming; asks community to do its part to help slow surge of cases

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is reporting the highest number of infections in any one day – and the...

Profiles of people faces
October 30, 2020

Local health officials stress that herd immunity is NOT the answer

Nine months into the pandemic, many people in the Kansas City region and across the country are suffering from COVID-19 fatigue. Some have suggested it would be better to fully open businesses and schools without mask or social distancing...

Boy wearing a pirate mask
October 30, 2020

Have a safe and happy Halloween

Celebrating the holidays is a tradition for many, including the fun of Halloween which is nearly here. During a pandemic, celebrations will need to be modified in order to be safe, but everyone can still enjoy the season by following some safety...

Fall back 1 hour
October 30, 2020

Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends Sunday

Johnson County residents are reminded to be sure to add an extra hour to your clocks this weekend!

Daylight Saving Time (DST) will end at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. It is recommended to change the clock before going to bed.

The Johnson...

A nursing giving a patient a COVID test
October 29, 2020

COVID-19 community testing event and food distribution, Saturday

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is partnering with local organizations and the Mid America Regional Council to provide expanded testing opportunities. In addition to drive-thru testing available at the JCDHE health clinic,...

V-J Day in Times Square
October 29, 2020

The Best Times profiles WWII veterans on 75th anniversary to end of war

The November-December issue of The Best Times magazine is on its way in the mail with a cover story featuring two veterans of World War II who witnessed liberated concentration camps near the end of the war.

The issue also profiles more...

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October 28, 2020

Virus predictive study of wastewater includes Johnson County

According to the state’s top doctor, testing wastewater can help identify the virus up to a week before it shows in the case and hospitalization numbers. That's why Johnson County has teamed up with the University of Kansas, the Kansas Department...

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October 28, 2020

Johnson County’s annual Veterans Day observance will take place virtually only

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johnson County Veterans Day observance will carry on its traditional recognition of local veterans on Wednesday, Nov. 11, beginning at 11 a.m. Considering the pandemic, organizers have gotten creative with this...

Public health recommendations for indoor winter sports
October 27, 2020

JCDHE offers new guidance to schools on indoor sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment released new public health recommendations for indoor winter sports. The information was shared in a letter to school superintendents.

In the letter, JCDHE Dr....

A young girl wearing a mask and washing her hands in a sink
October 27, 2020

Schools remain in JCDHE Orange Zone

The COVID-19 incidence rate is the key metric we look at when determining the current recommended phase for schools. However, we also consider several other factors when changing the recommendations to school districts. We look at the trend in...