JOHNSON COUNTY, KAN. (March 3, 2020) – The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) wants to assure residents that there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the county, therefore the risk to the public is low. This is an evolving situation and is subject to change.
The department is monitoring travelers who are currently without symptoms and have returned from countries where ongoing widespread transmission of COVID-19 is occurring.
This number of travelers being monitored fluctuates daily. Travelers are monitored for symptoms for 14 days after they arrive into the United States. Travelers are asked to self-quarantine and report symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath to the health department. Contacts (family, friends, colleagues) of individuals without symptoms do not need to self-quarantine (can go to work, school) and pose no risk to the community.
Only individuals meeting the criteria below will be tested and are considered a Person Under Investigation (PUI):
“We understand the public is concerned about the spread of this disease in our area, but you cannot become ill with COVID-19 unless you have been exposed to the virus,” says Mary Beverly, JCDHE Deputy Director. “Since there are no cases in our area right now, the risk of COVID-19 in Johnson County is low.”
Prevention tips include: