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An older woman getting a vaccine at a clinic
January 29, 2021

Vaccine distribution moves to those 65+ and school special education staff next week

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola announced at the Jan. 28 Board of County Commissioners meeting the following vaccination plans for the week of Feb. 1:

  • Health care workers who are due for...
JoCo on the Go Podcast
January 29, 2021

JoCo on the Go: Older adults receive their vaccines

On JoCo on the Go, episode #77, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola and JCDHE Epidemiology Director Elizabeth Holzschuh as they talk about vaccinating older adults – this week those 80...

January 29, 2021

Library offers trivia quiz in celebration of Kansas Day

On Friday, Jan. 29, Kansas turns 160-years-old, marking its entry into the Union as the nation’s 34th state on that date in 1861.

In celebration of Kansas Day, which the date is called, Johnson County Library is offering a social media...

BOCC update
January 29, 2021

BOCC January update

Here are highlights of the Board of County Commissioners’ actions and activities in Jan 2021. More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org. The board took the following...

A health care worker putting a Bandaid on a man's arm after giving him the vaccine
January 28, 2021

Vaccine clinic for those 80+ continues, improved process yields positive results

After concerning feedback Tuesday regarding older adults standing in long lines in the cold at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's vaccination clinic, JCDHE acted quickly to improve the process as it continued with day two...

News conference 4 p.m. today
January 28, 2021

JCDHE to host live virtual news conference tomorrow for another vaccine update

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will host a live virtual news conference tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 28, to provide another update on vaccine distribution in the county. 

Watch live on...

notepad laptop on desk
January 27, 2021

BOCC to address pandemic-related items, including public health order

At 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, the Board of County Commissioners will, among other pandemic-related items, discuss its public health order set to expire Jan. 31. Order 002-20 was adopted on Nov. 19. The BOCC, sitting as the Board of Public...

Johnson County Public Health Update, Dr. Sanmi Areola
January 27, 2021

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to the BOCC

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

Highlights from the report include:


  • Johnson...
Judy Jacobs, Holocaust survivor from Overland Park, Kansas
January 27, 2021

Johnson County observes Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, Jan. 27, Johnson County observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a video of Judy Jacobs of Overland Park, Kansas.

A Holocaust survivor, Judy, then a child, and...

A COVID-19 vaccine
January 25, 2021

Phase 2, Tier 1 COVID-19 vaccine distribution begins this week in Johnson County

Tier 1: People 65+, emergency responders, education, childcare and food and agriculture workers

This week, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will start vaccinating those in Phase 2 of the state's...