COVID-19

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Stay Updated on News About the Coronavirus in Merriam and Johnson County

We'll frequently update this page on news specific to the City of Merriam and the services we provide, including information about cancellations and closures. You also can find some Johnson County and Shawnee Mission School District news. We have included a list of reputable national, state, and county resources about COVID-19.

Vaccination Clinics 

COVID-19 continues to spread across Johnson County as the delta variant surges. Find the latest information and guidance at CDC.gov.

Need to get vaccinated? Find a vaccination clinic near you! Visit vaccine.gov, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233. You can also visit jocogov.org

Johnson County Main Clinic Site is in Mission

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment vaccination clinic is located in Mission at 6000 Lamar Ave. Anyone needing a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can walk-in Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Upcoming Vaccination Events

Regional Events

Free Vaccine Event

  • Saturday, Dec. 4 – 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
  • Old Mission United Methodist Church
  • Roesland Elementary, 4900 Parish Drive, Roeland Park

No appointment is necessary. They’ll offer Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Child vaccines are also available for kids ages 5-11.

If you're not vaccinated, please continue to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What to Do If You Think You Have COVID-19

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said you should contact your primary doctor by phone and talk to them about your symptoms. 

If you do not have a primary doctor or have additional questions, please call the Johnson County Hotline at 913-715-2819. Nurses will answer your questions about the coronavirus from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

You can also call the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment at 913-477-8343 during regular business hours or the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 877-427-7317 after business hours.   

Schedule a free COVID-19 test if you live or work in Johnson County.

 

 

Nov. 30, 2021

Free COVID-19 Testing Remains in Johnson County, But Not for All

Kansas Department of Health and Environment staff announced that starting in March, some COVID-19 testing throughout the state will no longer be free. 

That means employers, health insurers, and individuals will be asked to pay for the testing, similar to other communicable diseases.

KDHE will still offer free tests at mass testing sites throughout the state as well as at K-12 public and private schools, long-term care facilities, and at local health departments. 

Find free COVID-19 testing locations.

 

KDHE Holds Mass Vaccine Event in Johnson County

Free COVID-19 vaccines will be available at Old Mission United Methodist Church on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

They’ll offer Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Child vaccines are also available for kids ages 5-11.

Free Vaccine Event

  • Saturday, Dec. 4 – 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
  • Old Mission United Methodist Church
  • Roesland Elementary, 4900 Parish Drive, Roeland Park

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of Nov. 30, there are 465,290 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 37. In Kansas, 6,686 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 85,358 positive cases of COVID-19 and 962 deaths.

 

 

Nov. 17, 2021

All Kansans 18+ Eligible for COVID-19 Booster

Governor Laura Kelly today announced that all Kansans 18 years and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 booster shot.

The booster would be available for all fully vaccinated adults and if it’s been at least six months following the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or two months following the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Visit vaccines.org to find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic near you.

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of Nov. 17, there are 452,909 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 37. In Kansas, 6,634 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 62,823 positive cases of COVID-19 and 953 deaths.

 

 

Nov. 11, 2021

Children’s Mercy to Hold Virtual Town Hall Tonight on Pediatric Vaccines

Children’s Mercy Hospital will host a free virtual town hall TONIGHT, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. 

Join the conversation.

Mass Vaccine Event in Johnson County December 10

Attend a COVID-19 vaccine event on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Roesland Elementary School, 4900 Parish Drive, Roeland Park.

Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to everyone. Vaccines are available for children ages 5-17.

Johnson County COVID-19 Testing Hours Changed

Fridays are now the only day you can get free COVID-19 testing from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. Drive-thru hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 11875 S. Sunset Drive location in Olathe. An appointment is required. 

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of Nov. 11, there are 445,089 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 37. In Kansas, 6,613 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 61,962 positive cases of COVID-19 and 947 deaths.

 

 

 

Nov. 5, 2021

 

A list of COVID-19 shots and what age groups are eligible for each brand.  

Source: KansasVaccine.gov

 

 

 

Nov. 3, 2021

CDC Recommends Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Ages 5-11 

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11 are currently being shipped nationwide. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director formally recommends a COVID-19 vaccine for everyone ages 5 and older.

Young children can get a vaccine as soon as Sunday at select locations in the Kansas City metro area. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines starting Monday.

View a Facebook live discussion with Johnson County health officials on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m.

Visit vaccines.gov to find where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of Nov. 3, there are 438,196 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 37. In Kansas, 6,448 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 61,205 positive cases of COVID-19 and 939 deaths.

  

 

 

October 2021

Oct. 28, 2021

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of Oct. 28, there are 432,730 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 37. In Kansas, 6,345 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 60,742 positive cases of COVID-19 and 926 deaths.

FDA Committee: Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Recommended for Kids Age 5-11 

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Oct. 27, voted to recommend the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. The committee said the benefits outweigh the risks if kids receive two doses of the vaccine.

The recommendation will now go to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee for consideration. The CDC director will make the final recommendation.

Celebrate Halloween Safely

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said you can celebrate Halloween safety this year if you take these COVID-19 precautions:

  • Get tested before enjoying activities with people outside of your immediate household.
  • Maintain 6 feet of physical distance.
  • Wear a face mask to help protect unvaccinated trick-or-treaters.

Learn more about KDHE's recommendations regarding Halloween safety precautions.

Oct. 21, 2021

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of Oct. 21, there are 426,923 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 37. In Kansas, 6,185 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 60,273 positive cases of COVID-19 and 911 deaths.

Free, Self-Administered COVID-19 Testing Available to Child Care Providers 

All licensed child care providers in Kansas can administer COVID-19 tests to kids age 3 and older.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said there are saliva tests for children 3 and older and nasal swab testing for those 5 and older. The results would be available in one to two days.

Kansas schools, homeless shelters, and other organizations that provide group services for children are also eligible for the free testing supplies.

Find more information here

Oct. 19, 2021

Johnson County Now at “Substantial” Community Risk

With Johnson County now at a 5.2% positivity rate, health officials recently downgraded community risk for COVID-19 from “high” to “substantial.”

The county’s Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola said about 64.5% of Johnson County residents are fully vaccinated while 75.5% have had at least once dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Areola said they expect approval of vaccines for children ages 5-11 to come soon as well as approvals of booster doses for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

 

FDA Panel Approves J&J Booster for All Adults

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recently approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for anyone ages 18 and older. The extra dose should be administered at least two months after receiving the first shot. 

The FDA advisory panel on Oct. 14 also voted in favor of Moderna booster shots for some adults. The FDA administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Protection still have to officially approve both of the panel’s recommendations before it becomes readily available in the United States.

Oct. 13, 2021

State Amends Travel Quarantine List

All unvaccinated people who traveled to Alaska or Bermuda on or after Oct. 7 will need to quarantine between 7 to 10 days depending on whether they’ve tested for COVID-19. 

The countries of Grenada and New Caledonia were also added to the list. View the entire travel quarantine list.

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of Oct. 13, there are 421,462 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 37. In Kansas, 6,151 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 59,617 positive cases of COVID-19 and 900 deaths.

September 2021

Sept. 27, 2021

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor 6,000 Kansans Who Died from COVID-19

With Kansas marking 6,000 lives lost due to COVID-19, Gov. Laura Kelly has directed all flags throughout the state be lowered to half-staff through Wednesday, Sept. 29.

"It is with great sadness that, for the sixth time since the pandemic began, I am ordering flags to half-staff to honor the lives and memories of another 1,000 Kansans who have died from COVID-19," Kelly said. "We have the tools to stop the virus in its tracks and prevent further unnecessary deaths of our loved ones and neighbors. I urge all Kansans to get vaccinated, wear masks, and follow best health practices."

Sept. 24, 2021

CDC Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Booster for 65+, Immunocompromised, and Frontline Workers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot for people age 65+ and those who are immunocompromised. This means providers can start administering the third dose.

The CDC said healthcare workers, teachers, and other workers at risk also should get the booster. The FDA didn't recommend that these workers should receive the third dose.

Only those who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for their first two doses should get the third shot. Neither the FDA nor the CDC has approved a booster for Moderna or Johnson and Johnson.

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of Sept. 24, there are 404,459 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 38. In Kansas, 5,981 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 57,432 positive cases of COVID-19 and 872 deaths.

Sept. 23, 2021

FDA: Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Approved for 65+, Immunocompromised, High Risk

People over the age of 65 or who are immunocompromised are approved to get the Pfizer COVID-19 booster.

Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the third dose for those at high risk.

But before you head out to get your shot, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention needs to formally recommend the booster, which it’s expected to vote on it later today.

Rental Assistance Available

Eligible households can get up to one year of rental assistance through the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance program.

To apply, you must:

  • Rent.
  • Make less than 80% of area median income (e.g. $61,950/year for a family of three).
  • At least one person is experiencing a financial hardship related to COVID-19 (e.g. loss of job, medical costs, childcare costs).
  • Have late or past due rent or utilities.

Find more information and apply here

Sept. 17, 2021 

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of Sept. 17, there are 396,907 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 38. In Kansas, 5,801 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 56,703 positive cases of COVID-19 and 758 deaths.

Sept. 14, 2021 

FEMA Still Helping Families Pay for COVID-19 Related Funeral Expenses

With more than 650,000 COVID-19 related deaths across the nation, FEMA is stepping up to help pay for funeral expenses.

The funds are for those whose family member died from Jan. 20, 2020, through the present. FEMA encourages you to keep all documentation, including the official death certificate and funeral receipts.

Call the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 844-684-6333 or toll-free at 800-462-7585 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. to apply.

Sept. 3, 2021 

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of Sept. 3, there are 377,123 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 38. In Kansas, 5,630 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 54,838 positive cases of COVID-19 and 736 deaths.

August 2021

Aug. 31, 2021 

Low COVID-19 Vaccination Rate for Nursing Home Employees in Johnson County

Just one Johnson County nursing home out of 38 facilities has met the state’s goal of having 90% of staff vaccinated. Only three other nursing homes show employees vaccinated above 80%.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said 100% of staff at Infinity Park Post-Acute and Rehabilitation Center in Overland Park received the COVID-19 vaccine.  

In Merriam, 58% of Merriam Gardens Healthcare and Rehabilitation staff is vaccinated.

View the complete list.

 

 

Aug. 27, 2021 

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of Aug. 27, there are 365,773 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 38. In Kansas, 5,547 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 53,621 positive cases of COVID-19 and 728 deaths.

 

Aug. 23, 2021 

Pfizer Vaccine Gets FDA Approval

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is officially considered safe and effective. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Pfizer as the first vaccine to help prevent COVID-19 for people ages 16 and older. It will continue to be available for those ages 12-15 and the third dose for the immunocompromised.

The FDA said the vaccine will be marketed as Comirnaty. 

 

 

Aug. 20, 2021 

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of Aug. 20, there are 356,065 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 38. In Kansas, 5,494 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 52,513 positive cases of COVID-19 and 715 deaths.

 

Aug. 19, 2021 

Louisiana Added to Travel Self-Quarantine List

Kansas health officials mandate home quarantine for unvaccinated

Planning to travel to Louisiana soon? Then you may have to self-quarantine when you come back to Kansas. 

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment this past week added Louisiana to its travel-quarantine list. It’s mandating a home quarantine for Kansans who aren’t fully vaccinated or haven’t had COVID-19 within the last six months.  

View the complete self-quarantine list and travel related guidelines.

 

 

Aug. 18, 2021 

COVID-19 Booster Shots Recommended for All 

Health officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced they recommend COVID-19 booster shots for everyone age 18 and older.

They said people should receive a booster shot eight months after being fully vaccinated. They’re prepared to offer the third Pfizer or Moderna dose starting Sept. 20.

The health officials said those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will likely need a booster shot, but they’re looking at more data to make sure the booster is safe and effective.

Read the joint statement.

 

Aug. 13, 2021 

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of Aug. 13, there are 344,937 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 5,286 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 51,409 positive cases of COVID-19 and 708 deaths.

 

 

Aug. 11, 2021 

CDC Recommends Pregnant Women Get Vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now urges all pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

It updated its guidance as a new study found no increased risk of miscarriage after a COVID-19 vaccination during early pregnancy.

The CDC said only 23% of pregnant women have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The CDC said pregnant women are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and recommends everyone age 12 and old to get vaccinated.

 

JCCC Continuing Education Funding Available for Kansas and Missouri Individuals and Businesses 

The Johnson County Community College Continuing Education has funding available to eligible students. The funds cover up to 100% of tuition for continuing education and workforce development courses.

JCCC has CARES Act funds to support businesses (up to $25,000 per business that received a PPE or EIDL loan) and unemployed or underemployed individuals (up to $10,000 per student).

Find more information or request an application by emailing CECARES@jccc.edu.

 

 

Aug. 6, 2021 

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of Aug. 6, there are 339,27 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 5,299 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 50,225 positive cases of COVID-19 and 686 deaths.

  

Aug. 5, 2021  

JoCo Board of County Commissions Vote on Mask Mandate for Kids K-6 Grade

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners today voted 5-2 to mandate face masks in school buildings attended by kindergarten through 6th-grade students.

The public health order says that all students, teachers, staff, and visitors must wear a mask unless they are actively eating or drinking or are outside. Staff, students, and bus drivers with medical conditions won’t have to wear a mask. 

The order is in effect through May 31, 2022, unless it’s amended, revoked, or replaced with a new order. 

 

July 29, 2021  

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Moving to Mission Starting Aug. 2

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is moving its vaccination clinic to the Mission office located at 6000 Lamar Ave. 

Anyone needing a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can walk-in Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 

 

Get Vaxxed! Upcoming Community Vaccination Events

Johnson County is holding several vaccination events across the community. 

Friday, July 30  //  Picnic in the Park, Stump Park

 

Saturday, July 31  // Johnson County Fair 

 

Monday, Aug. 9  //  St. Paul’s Catholic Church 

 

Thursday, Aug. 12  //  Redemption Church

 

Sunday, Aug. 15  //  St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church

 

Thursday, Aug. 19  //  Shawnee Moonlight Market

  • Downtown Shawnee, Shawnee
  • 4-8 p.m.

 

Gov. Laura Kelly Requiring Masks Inside State Buildings

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said starting Monday, Aug. 2, all state employees will be required to wear a face mask inside state buildings if they can’t physically distance 6 feet. Visitors will also have to wear a mask inside state facilities.

Kelly said this decision is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance issued this week.

 

July 2021

July 30, 2021  

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of July 30, there are 332,933 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 5,255 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 49,170 positive cases of COVID-19 and 679 deaths.

 

 

July 28, 2021  

Mask Wearing Strongly Recommended at City of Merriam Buildings

With the Delta variant of COVID-19 high in Johnson County, the City of Merriam strongly recommends all patrons visiting City facilities wear a face mask while indoors, including at City Hall, the Merriam Police Department, Public Works, and the Merriam Community Center. City employees will wear masks inside office buildings. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday updated its guidance on COVID-19. It now recommends people wear masks indoors if they live in areas with high COVID-19 transmission, whether they’re vaccinated or not. Johnson County and the Kansas City metro area have high Delta transmission rates.

Merriam has followed CDC recommendations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to do so.Please mask up in large crowds, physically distance 6 feet, and wash your hands. 

 

July 16, 2021  

Community Vaccination Events This Weekend

Johnson County is holding several vaccination clinics across the community. 

  • Saturday, July 17: 9-11 a.m., Olathe Wesleyan Church, 15320 S. Ridgeview Road, Olathe

  • Saturday, July 17: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Church of the Resurrection West, 24000 W. Valley Parkway, Olathe

  • Saturday, July 17, 1-3 p.m., Johnson County Community College, Regnier Center Rooms 101 A & B, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park - Deaf-Friendly Event!

  • Sunday, July 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Good Shepherd Catholic Community, 12800 W. 75th St., Shawnee - Spanish-Speaker Friendly Event!

Find a complete vaccination clinic list

COVID-19 By the Numbers

As of July 16, there are 323,385 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 5,197 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 47,614 positive cases of COVID-19 and 677 deaths.

 

July 6, 2021  

Get a FREE Vaccine!

Still need to get a free COVID-19 vaccine? Make an appointment with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.

Anyone 12 years old and older can sign up for the free vaccine in Lenexa (15500 W. 108th St.) on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 31. Appointment times vary. No health insurance or photo ID is needed.  

Learn more.

 

Get a FREE COVID-19 Test

Feeling sick? Get tested for COVID-19 for free.

With new COVID-19 variants coming to the Midwest region, now’s the time to get tested by appointment for anyone who is age 5 and older. Head to the Olathe office (11875 S. Sunset Drive) on Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

View other free testing sites in Johnson County.

June 2021

June 30, 2021    

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of June 30, there are 318,106 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 5,156 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 46,793 positive cases of COVID-19 and 670 deaths.

  

June 25, 2021     

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of June 25, there are 317,304 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 5,147 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 46,690 positive cases of COVID-19 and 669 deaths.

 

June 24, 2021   

Community Vaccination Events

Attend one of these community events and get a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Thursday, June 24 from 4-6 p.m., Bike America, 9514 Nall Ave., Overland Park
  • Friday, June 25 from 6-8 p.m., Picnic in the Park at Stump Park, 4751 Woodland Drive, Shawnee
  • Monday, July 12 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., COVID-19 Resource Event, De Soto High School, 35000 W. 91st Street, De Soto

Love Your Neighbor Community Vaccine Clinics are happening throughout Johnson County this weekend, June 26-27. View the full list of times and locations.

View all regional vaccination events.

 

COVID-19 Testing Required in Adult Care Facilities

Staff and residents at adult care facilities across Kansas will now have to regularly get tested for COVID-19.

The Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Lee Norman, M.D., issued the order for the facilities that include nursing homes, assisted living, and adult day cares.

“This order ensures that vulnerable populations in Kansas' adult care facilities continue to receive the testing needed to continue combatting COVID-19,” Dr. Norman said.

 

 

June 18, 2021   

Three Countries Added to Travel Self-Quarantine List

Kuwait, Mongolia, and Saint Martin were added to the Kansas travel self-quarantine list. Anyone who’s traveled to these countries on or after June 17 should quarantine unless they are fully vaccinated. See more information here.

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of June 18, there are 316,539 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 5,129 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 46,608 positive cases of COVID-19 and 669 deaths.

 

June 15, 2021      

State’s Emergency Order Expires Tonight 

Kansas’ state of emergency order regarding the COVID-19 pandemic expires tonight at 11:59 p.m. after 15 months. 

Lawmakers from the Legislative Coordinating Council decided not to meet today to consider extending the emergency order.

Kansas joins several other states in ending state of disaster declarations.

 

Time to Renew Your Driver’s License and ID Cards 

Kansans with a driver’s license or identification card that expired between March 12, 2020, and March 30, 2021, have until June 30 to renew them.

This is just one of seven pandemic emergency executive orders that Gov. Laura Kelly plans to end on June 15 or June 30.

  

June 11, 2021    

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of June 11, there are 315,769 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 5,106 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 46,524 positive cases of COVID-19 and 667 deaths.

 

June 7, 2021  

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-In Hours

There are several opportunities for you (anyone 12 and older) to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. Walk-in hours in Lenexa (15500 W. 108th St.) for this week are:

  • Tuesday, June 8: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 9: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 10: 3-6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 12: 9-11:30 a.m.

Can’t make any of these times? Visit one of these community vaccination events!

Johnson County Community College (Capitol Federal Conference Center)

  • Tuesday, June 8: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Healthy Partnership Clinic (407 S. Clairborne Road, Suite 207, Olathe)

  • Wednesday, June 9: 1-7 p.m.
    • Must be 18 years or older

 

June 4, 2021

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of June 4, there are 314,855 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 109 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 5,084 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 46,447 positive cases of COVID-19 and 663 deaths.

 

June 3, 2021 

Free PPE Available to Businesses and Organizations

Johnson County businesses and organizations can request a three-month supply of personal protective equipment, including:

  • N95 Respirators (public safety and health care providers only)
  • Face masks (KN95 and 3-layer)
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Gowns (disposable and reusable)
  • Face shields
  • Surface disinfectant spray
  • Hand sanitizer bottles (8-16oz)
  • Hand sanitizer refills

Request any of these items through this online form.

 

Kansas Speedway to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Event This Weekend

Get a free COVID-19 test or a vaccine administered at the “Race to End COVID-19” event at Kansas Speedway this Friday and Saturday.

Kansans can drive two laps around the track and enter a raffle to win free prizes.

Anyone can get tested for COVID-19 but only those 12 and older can get the vaccine.

May 2021

May 27, 2021 

Get a FREE Ride to a FREE COVID-19 Vaccination 

Uber and Lyft are proving free rides to and from vaccination clinics. The companies want to help you get vaccinated if transportation issues are holding you back.

Find more information:
Uber – four free rides through July 4, up to $25 each.
Lyft – free rides, up to $15 each.   

Sign up for a free vaccine here.

 

May 24, 2021 

COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-In Hours This Week

Anyone age 12 and older can attend a walk-in clinic in Lenexa and receive a free COVID-19 vaccine.

Walk-In Hours
May 25-26: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
May 27: 3-6:30 p.m.

The clinic is located at 15500 W. 108th St. in Lenexa. You can also make an appointment here.

 

Maine Added to KDHE Travel-Quarantine List

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment added Maine to its travel self-quarantine list. Those who traveled to Maine on or after May 20 should quarantine if not fully vaccinated.

KDHE removed Delaware, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania from its travel-quarantine list.

View the complete travel guidance and quarantine list.

 

Regional Health Officials Recommend School Districts Continue to Require Masks

Johnson County and 10 other public health departments are united in a message to local school districts: continue wearing face masks in school buildings. 

“It’s great news that children ages 12 and up can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine, but kids under age 12 aren’t eligible yet,” said Dr. Jennifer Watts, chief emergency management medical officer, with Children’s Mercy Kansas City. “Until children are fully vaccinated, it’s important that they continue to wear a mask, along with taking other infection control measures, to prevent the spread of the virus.”

Last week, the CDC announced fully vaccinated people don’t have to wear a mask or physically distance in most circumstances, except where required by law or business guidance. However, because most students can’t be vaccinated by the end of the school year, the CDC recommends that schools continue to require masks until at least the end of the school year.

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of May 24, there are 313,274 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 5,058 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 46,283 positive cases of COVID-19 and 659 deaths.

 

 

May 17, 2021 

Pfizer Vaccine Now Available for 12- to 15-Year-Olds

Children ages 12 to 15 can now get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded emergency authorization on May 13.

Kids ages 15 and under will need a parent/guardian to go with them to the appointment or a designated non-parent adult. Parents will also need to sign this consent form.

Make a vaccination appointment.

 

Johnson County Adopts CDC Mask Guidance

Johnson County health officials will follow the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention face mask and physical distancing guidelines. This means fully vaccinated people can resume indoor or outdoor activities without wearing a mask or physical distancing.

Exceptions include health care settings, prisons, shelters, or public transportation. 

Employers can set their own rules and guidelines regarding wearing masks and physical distancing. Employees should follow their workplace rules.

Health officials said those who aren’t fully vaccinated, including kids under the age of 12, should continue to wear a mask, avoid large crowds, and stay 6 feet away from those who don’t live with them.

 

May 14, 2021 

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of May 12, there are 311,338 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 5,029 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 45,791 positive cases of COVID-19 and 662 deaths. 

 

May 13, 2021 

CDC: Fully Vaccinated People Can Take Off Their Masks 

It’s time to go back to pre-pandemic times if you’re full vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today. The CDC said that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without having to wear a mask or staying 6 feet apart.

This doesn’t apply to those who are required to wear a mask and physically distance by federal, state, and local laws, including local businesses, workplaces, and airports. The CDC does recommend people continue to wear masks in crowded indoor venues. 

Find more information from the CDC here.

 

Need Help Paying for Your Internet? Apply for This Federal Program

If you’re struggling to pay for your internet services due to the pandemic, you’re encouraged to apply for the Emergency Broadband Program through the Federal Communications Commission.

It provides a discount – up to $50 a month – for internet services to eligible households. You can also qualify for a one-time discount of up to $100 for a computer, laptop, or tablet.

Learn more about the program here.

 

 

May 7, 2021   

KDHE Adds Colorado to Travel Quarantine List, Takes Off New York and New Jersey

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment added Colorado to its self-quarantine list. Anyone who traveled to Colorado on or after May 6 will need to quarantine.

New York and New Jersey are now off its quarantine list. States on the self-quarantine list include:
Colorado
Delaware
Michigan
Minnesota
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island

Countries added to the quarantine list include Cabo Verde, India, Maldives, and Seychelles. View the complete list here. The length of quarantine depends on whether you’ve been tested for COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of May 7, there are 310,582 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 5,016 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 45,577 positive cases of COVID-19 and 653 deaths.

 

May 4, 2021   

“Do it for Mom”

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, Johnson County health officials found the perfect gift for your mom – a COVID-19 vaccine.

The “Do it for Mom” campaign says moms want this gift so they know their children are healthy. It also targets pregnant women about to become new moms.  

Want to get vaccinated? Walk-in hours are available at the Lenexa vaccination site (15550 W. 108th St.) on Wednesday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 6 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Make an appointment at jocogov.org/covidvaccine.  

 

JoCo Libraries Return to Regular Hours and Services

The Johnson County Library returns to regular operating hours after a year of reduced hours and services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Services available again include:

  • Meeting and conference rooms.
  • Newspapers and magazines.
  • Seating and tables.
  • Laptop lending at Lenexa Library.

Face masks are strongly recommended inside all library branches.

 

 

May 3, 2021 

Get Up to 12 Months in Rent and Utility Assistance

Need help paying rent, utility, and internet because of COVID-19 hardships?

The Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program is here to support you. Here’s how it works: 

  • Landlords and renters apply together for KERA. 
  • Landlords are paid directly.
  • Renters can get up to 12 months of assistance.

Find more information.

KERA En Español: 

Programa de Asistencia de Emergencia para el Alquiler 

Preguntas frecuentes sobre el Programa de Asistencia de Emergencia para el Alquiler de Kansas (KERA) 

 

May Vaccination Walk-In Hours

May walk-in hours for first and second doses of Pfizer vaccines are available in Lenexa (15500 W. 108th St., 66219): 

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 3-6:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays (May 1, 15, 22): 9-11:30 a.m.

 

Second doses of Moderna vaccines are:

  • Thursdays: 3-6:30 p.m.

 

April 2021

April 30, 2021 

City of Merriam Statement Following New JoCo Resolution 

While Covid-19 still exists in our community, the City of Merriam will follow the Johnson County Board of County Commissioner’s resolution that takes effect tomorrow, May 1. 

We “strongly recommend” residents and visitors wear face masks inside city buildings, including the Merriam Community Center. 

Businesses and other organizations within the City of Merriam are free set their own restrictions requiring or recommending masks for their employees and patrons as they see fit. We continue to encourage our business community to follow COVID-19 safety precautions.

Please continue to mask up in large crowds, physically distance 6 feet, and wash your hands. The county encourages all residents to get vaccinated to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

View the resolution.

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of April 30, there are 309,130 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 4,982 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 45,339 positive cases of COVID-19 and 648 deaths.

 

 

April 29, 2021  

JoCo Mask Mandate Ends April 30; “Strongly Encourage” Residents Continue Following COVID-19 Guidelines

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted 5-1 to end the county’s mask mandate at the end of the day Friday, April 30. 

Commissioners said it will instead “strongly encourage” residents get vaccinated, wear masks indoors, and physically distance in public spaces. Private businesses and organizations can decide if they want patrons to wear masks or maintain 6 feet of distance between people. 

Health officials said more than 43% of eligible residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The resolution goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 1.

 

 April 28, 2021  

CDC: Vaccinated People Can Unmask Outdoors in Most Cases 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new COVID-19 guidelines for fully vaccinated people.

Those who are two weeks post final vaccine dose can take off their masks outdoors unless in crowded venues and settings such as parades, sporting events, or live performances.

Check out this graphic to see whether you should wear a mask or not depending on your activity and if you’re vaccinated.

 

Anyone 16+ Can Come to Kansas to Get Vaccinated

Live in Nebraska? Or California? Or Hawaii? Come to Kansas to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The sunflower state has joined more than 20 other states to allow non-residents to come to Kansas to get vaccinated. 

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced the decision late last week. Health officials said COVID-19 doesn’t stop at boarders so anyone who needs a vaccine should be able to get one.

 

 

April 26, 2021  

Kansas to Resume Johnson & Johnson Vaccine in May

Gov. Laura Kelly today announced Kansas will resume administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on May 3.

The United States stopped administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on April 13 after six people developed a rare disorder involving blood clots.

“After a brief pause and a thorough review, the CDC and FA have determined the vaccine is safe and effective,” Kelly said. “Whether it’s the Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer, or Moderna, I strongly encourage every Kansan to get vaccinated as soon as they can.”

Read more information

  

April 23, 2021  

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of April 23, there are 307,372 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 4,968 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 44,994 positive cases of COVID-19 and 644 deaths.

 

 

April 22, 2021

KDHE Adds Minnesota, Several Countries to Travel Quarantine List

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment today added Minnesota to its self-quarantine list. Anyone who traveled to Minnesota on or after April 22 will need to quarantine.

States on the self-quarantine list include:
Delaware
Michigan
Minnesota
Pennsylvania
New York
New Jersey
Rhode Island

Countries on the self-quarantine list include:
Andorra
Argentina
Aruba
Bahrain
Bermuda
Croatia
Curacao
Cyprus
Estonia
France
Hungary
Jordan
Palestine
Poland
San Marino
Serbia
Sweden
Turkey
Uruguay

The length of quarantine depends on whether you’ve been tested for COVID-19.

  

Walk In to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine Today

Looking for a COVID-19 vaccine? You can get one TODAY!

Johnson County staff is accepting walk-ins today for anyone age 16+ who lives or works in the county. Stop by 15500 W. 108th St. in Lenexa anytime now through 6:30 p.m.

Those 16 or 17 years old will need to bring a parent/guardian, a photo ID, and this consent form: https://www.dispenseassist.net/Covid.html.

 

April 16, 2021

Get Free Lunches for Your Kids All Summer Long

Starting June 3, the Shawnee Mission School District will offer all kids ages 1-18 free breakfast and lunch. Here’s how:

What
Free breakfast and lunch pickup and go meals
Mondays – three days of meals
Thursdays – four days of meals   

When
June 3-July 29
Mondays and Thursdays
11 a.m.-noon

Where
Pickup at four locations – No advanced ordering needed
Comanche Elementary – 8200 Grant St., Overland Park
East Antioch Elementary – 7342 Lowell, Overland Park
Rosehill Elementary – 9801 Rosehill, Lenexa
Shawanoe Elementary – 11230 W. 75th St., Shawnee

Children must be present when picking up meals. You don’t have to be a student in the school district.

The meals are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

16-17 Year Old’s Can Get Vaccinated. Here’s How to Get One Through JoCo

Teens 16-17 years old who live or work in Johnson County can now get the Pfizer vaccine. 

A parent or guardian must go to the appointment with their teen and will need to sign a vaccine consent form. Parents/guardians can fill out the form at home or at the vaccination appointment.

Make an appointment here.

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of April 16, there are 305,861 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 4,953 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 44,798 positive cases of COVID-19 and 640 deaths.

 

 

April 14, 2021

Johnson County Stops Administering Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment paused administering the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine.

This comes after the Federal Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paused the vaccine after six people across the nation experienced serious blood clots.

Symptoms of possible blood clots include:

  • Severe headache
  • Stomach or leg pain
  • Shortness of breath

Health officials said you should contact your doctor right away if you received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last two weeks and are experiencing any of these symptoms.

Johnson County Library Branches to Resume Regular Hours of Operation and Most Services by May 3

By May 3, all Johnson County Library branches will resume normal hours of operation after more than a year of reduced hours and services due to COVID-19.

Books will continue to be quarantined for at least 24 hours, and patrons will still have to wear face masks inside all branches. In-person programs and events will come back at a later date, and the kids toy will be unavailable.

Antioch Hours
Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

The Cedar Row branch will remain closed through June 20 while undergoing renovations.

 

 

April 13, 2021

Book Your Vaccination Appointment

You can now book a vaccination appointment if you are 16 and older and live or work in Johnson County.

Health officials said the county has received more doses since the state opened COVID-19 vaccines to all phases, so it isn’t requiring the interest survey anymore. 

Book your vaccination appointment.

 

 

April 12, 2021

Motor Vehicle Office in Olathe Now Open

The Johnson County Olathe Motor Vehicle Office is open this week following a nearly two-week closure after multiple staff members were impacted by COVID-19.

The office will resume regular business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

$16 Billion in Federal Grants for Kansas Venues Affected by COVID-19

Museums, zoos and aquariums, movie theaters, and live production venues will soon be able to apply for a federal grant – up to $10 million – to help pay for loss gross earnings during the COVID-19 shutdown. 

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant can be used to pay for payroll costs, rent and utility payments, administrative costs, and other expenses. Find out if you qualify here.

 

 

April 9, 2021

Sign Up to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine; University of Kansas Health System Has 80,000 Doses

Anyone 16 and older who lives in Kansas can now sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine. You can try booking an appointment at the University of Kansas Health System

The hospital this week announce it has 80,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for all Kansans or anyone who works in Johnson County and is 16 and older.

Book an appointment:

 

KDHE Adds Connecticut and Pennsylvania to Travel Quarantine List

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment on April 8 added Connecticut and Pennsylvania to its travel self-quarantine list. Individuals need to quarantine if they traveled on or after those two states.

Other states on the list are Delaware, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. Countries added to the list include Andorra, Bermuda, Curacao, Poland, Serbia, and Uruguay.

Read more information about the amended travel quarantine list.

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of April 9, there are 304,236 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 4,938 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 44,575 positive cases of COVID-19 and 642 deaths.

 

 

April 6, 2021

Motor Vehicle Office in Olathe to Remain Closed This Week

The Johnson County Motor Vehicle Office in Olathe is closed for a second week after multiple staff members were impacted by COVID-19.

Officials don’t believe any customers were exposed to COVID-19 and said the office was deep-cleaned and disinfected. Impacted staff are self-quarantining. The Motor Vehicle Office in Mission remains open.
 

KC Region Launches New COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

You can find information about the COVID-19 vaccines and where to get one at a new regional campaign called Two Million Arms

Comeback KC launched the campaign to help better communicate the region’s vaccination efforts.

CDC Updates Travel Guidance for Those Fully Vaccinated

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its travel guidance for fully vaccinated people – two weeks after receiving their final vaccine dose.

The CDC said fully vaccinated people can now travel at low-risk to themselves. And, if traveling in the United States, don’t have to test for COVID-19 once they return home or post-travel quarantine.

Fully vaccinated people should continue to wear face masks, physical distance, and avoid large crowds. 

 

 

April 1, 2021

Motor Vehicle Office in Olathe Closed Today and Tomorrow Due to COVID-19

The Johnson County Motor Vehicle Office in Olathe is closed through April 2 due to staffing issues related to COVID-19.

Officials don’t believe any customers were exposed to COVID-19 and said the office was deep-cleaned and disinfected. Impacted staff are self-quarantining. The Motor Vehicle Office in Mission remains open.

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of March 31, there are 302,372 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 4,913 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 44,277 positive cases of COVID-19 and 642 deaths.

 


 

March 2021

March 30, 2021

Gov. Kelly Extends State Disaster Emergency

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly recently signed a bill to extended the state disaster emergency through May 28. Several executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic were set to expire on March 31.

View the list of reissued orders.

JoCo Approves New Health Order

Johnson County health officials approved a new health order that extends physical distancing requirements and wearing face masks in public spaces. The order is in effect through April 30.

Provisions now allowed in this new order include:

  • Mass gatherings of more than 50 people.
  • Outdoor and indoor events with more than 2,000 people.
  • Fairs, festivals, carnivals, and parades.
  • Open locker rooms in fitness centers, gyms, and health clubs.
  • No attendance limits for recreational and youth sports games and practices.

Find more information here.

Kansas Moves to Phase 5 of Vaccine Distribution; JoCo to Soon Follow

Gov. Laura Kelly announced the state of Kansas will now make COVID-19 vaccines available to all Kansans who are 16 and older. 

Kansas is the eighth state to make vaccines available to all adults. The governor said more than 35% of adults in the state have received at least once dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This week, Johnson County is continuing to complete Phases 1-4. County health officials said it will vaccinate in the order of those who filled out its interest survey. 

You can fill out the all-phase interest survey. It’s for those 16 and older who live or work in Johnson County. This survey doesn't give you an appointment, but the information submitted will be used to reach out to you when the vaccine is available.

KDHE Adds Delaware, Michigan, and Rhode Island to Travel Quarantine List

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recently added Delaware, Michigan, and Rhode Island to its self-quarantine list. Those who traveled to those three states on or after March 26 will need to quarantine. 

Other states on the self-quarantine list include New York and New Jersey. Countries added to the list include Hungary and Jordan.

The length of quarantine depends on whether you’ve been tested for COVID-19.

 

 

March 24, 2021

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of March 24, there are 300,927 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 4,881 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 44,032 positive cases of COVID-19 and 638 deaths.

FEMA to Help Pay for Funeral Costs for COVID-19 Related Deaths

Starting next month, FEMA will help pay for funeral expenses for people who died from COVID-19. It covers costs for any funeral after Jan. 20, 2020.

FEMA is providing up to $9,000 per deceased person and up to $35,000 per family application.

To be eligible, you’ll need:

  • An official death certificate that attributes the death to COVID-19 and shows the death occurred in the United States.
  • Funeral expense documents such as receipts and the name of funeral home.
  • Proof of funds received from other sources (insurance, state or local programs) for funeral costs as financial assistance can’t be duplicated.

View the policy.

 

 

March 23, 2021

KDHE Adds New York and New Jersey to Travel Quarantine List

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment added New York and New Jersey to its self-quarantine list. Those who traveled to those two states on or after March 12 will need to quarantine. The length of quarantine depends on whether you’ve been tested for COVID-19.

Other places added to the state’s travel quarantine list include:

  • Estonia
  • Palestine
  • Mayotte
  • Czechia
  • San Marino
  • Montenegro

KDHE also added mandatory self-quarantines for those who were on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15 or have traveled out of state to attend a mass gathering with 500 or more people, provided they weren’t wearing masks and maintaining 6 feet of physical distancing.

Read more about the travel quarantine list.

JoCo Health Officials Answer Your Top Vaccine Questions

Q. I’m in Phase 1 or 2 and still have not been contacted for an appointment. What should I do?
JCDHE is working on identifying people in Phase 1 and Phase 2 who still need to be vaccinated. If you submitted an interest survey several weeks ago and have not heard from JCDHE, please reach out to us at 913-715-2819 or send an email to jcdhe@jocogov.org. We also encourage you to contact the local health systems and pharmacies in Johnson County to get on their vaccine waiting lists. These providers are also vaccinating residents in Phase 1 and Phase 2: jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine/how-do-I-get-a-vaccine.

Q. Will there be enough vaccine for those who are in Phase 1 and 2 as well as Phase 3 and 4?
JCDHE plans its clinics based on the number of vaccines we receive from the state of Kansas. Vaccine supply is slowly increasing, which means we can offer more appointments to those now eligible for a vaccine. Our health system partners and local pharmacies are also vaccinating, thereby providing even more opportunities to get vaccinated.

Q. Will JoCo prioritize Phase 1 and 2 over Phase 3 and 4 during vaccination clinics?
Anyone who didn’t get vaccinated in a previous phase is still eligible for a vaccine in the current phase. As we open up appointments to those eligible in Phase 3 and Phase 4, we will still be vaccinating those in Phase 1 and Phase 2 at our clinics. 

Q. What order are you going to contact those in Phase 3 and 4?
We will be contacting people for appointments based on when they submitted their interest survey as well as based on considerations of risks and equity.

Q. How do I provide proof I’m in Phase 3/4?
We will not require proof of illness or medical condition. However, we ask that only those who are eligible in Phases 1-4 book appointments for a vaccine. If you do not have one of the medical conditions listed in the Kansas COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Plan, please refrain from booking an appointment at this time. These appointments are for those who are at high risk of severe medical outcomes if they are exposed to COVID-19. 

Q. How long do you expect us to be in Phase 3/4?
The Governor and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment make the decision when we can move to the next phase. At this time, we expect Phases 3 and 4 to last through April 2021.

State Launches Vaccine Campaign

With 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly this week launched “Roll Up Your Sleeves” to share the importance of getting vaccinated.

The campaign runs through June. 

 

March 19, 2021

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of March 19, there are 299,510 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 4,842 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 43,491 positive cases of COVID-19 and 644 deaths.

CDC: 3 Feet of Physical Distancing Safe in Schools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now say it’s safe for kids be 3 to 6 feet apart in the classroom as long as everyone is wearing a mask.

The CDC today shared new studies that support the new guidance, but said students and teachers should remain 6 feet apart in common areas like the lobby, music room, or gymnasium.

State to Help Pay Your Rent and Utility Bills

The state this week launched the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance program to help Kansans pay their rent, utility, and internet bills.

The program helps residents impacted by COVID-19 and offers up to 12 months of payments on past or current due rent and past due utility and internet bills. 

 

March 15, 2021

Vaccination Interest Survey Now Open to All JoCo Residents

Johnson County health officials now want all residents who are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine to fill out this online survey.

Previously, the county had only encouraged those in Phases 1 and 2 to fill out the survey, including adults age 65 and older, health care workers, educators, daycare employees, and first responders.

The survey won’t secure a vaccine appointment, but it will help health officials plan for future vaccination clinics.

Johnson County Changes COVID-19 Testing Hours

Starting this week, Johnson County is changing its COVID-19 drive-thru testing hours to Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Testing is free for those who live or work in Johnson County.

Appointments are required. Schedule a test here.



March 12, 2021

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of March 12, there are 297,748 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 4,824 people have died from COVID-19.

Johnson County has 43,491 positive cases of COVID-19 and 644 deaths.



March 10, 2021

CDC: Benefits of Getting Vaccinated

The CDC this week released new guidance for those who are full vaccinated. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last vaccine dose.

Fully vaccinated people can now:

  • Visit other fully vaccinated people indoors without masks or physical distancing.
  • Visit unvaccinated people from one other household indoors without masks or physical distancing if everyone is considered low risk.
  • Not have to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test if they don't have any symptoms after contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Unvaccinated people should continue to:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Physical distance from others not in your household.
  • Avoid large crowds.
  • Stay home when you're sick.
  • Wash your hands often.

 


March 9, 2021

Johnson County Expands Phase 2

Johnson County is in Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. This phase prioritized people 80 and older and has opened up more for people 65 and older, educators, childcare workers, emergency responders, and high-contact workers. 

Health staff also plans to help the vulnerable population this week.

  • Homebound population. JCDHE’s Outreach Nurses will visit residents who are homebound to vaccinate them over the next few weeks.
  • Vaccinations in homeless shelters. JCDHE is partnering with United Community Services, Health Partnership Clinic, Salvation Army, Safehome, Project 1020, and others.  
  • Vaccinations of residents that have an intellectual or developmental disability. JCDHE is working with Johnson County Developmental Supports and Heartland Homecare Services to begin vaccinations. 

County health officials said you should get your second dose where you receive your first dose. Stay up to date on the county’s vaccination rollout here

City of Merriam Celebrates “Heroes Week”

Mayor Ken Sissom at Monday’s City Council meeting issued a proclamation declaring March 7-13 as “Heroes Week” in Merriam.  

We join Johnson County and our neighboring cities in lighting up our community blue in honor of those who have played a role in helping Johnson County fight the COVID-19 pandemic this past year.

 

March 5, 2021

COVID-19 By the Numbers 

As of March 5, there are 295,861 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 4,812 people have died from COVID-19. 

Johnson County has 43,425 positive cases of COVID-19 and 646 deaths.

 

 

March 2, 2021

 

JoCo Begins Vaccinating Residents Age 65+

Starting Wednesday, Johnson County residents age 65 and older can start getting their COVID-19 vaccinations. 

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment health officials said they are beginning Phase 2 and are currently vaccinating residents 65+, emergency responders K-12 and child care staff, health care workers, long-term care staff and residents, and pandemic response workers. 

You can fill out a survey to let county health officials know you’re interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. It may take a few weeks to get everyone in Phase 2 vaccinated because of how many doses the county receives from the state.

Find a complete list of vaccination options in Johnson County here.

February 2021

February 26, 2021

 

No More Curfew Restrictions for JoCo Restaurants and Bars

 

There are now no more curfews or set closing times for restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and other businesses that sell alcohol. 

 

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted to remove the midnight closing restrictions at its meeting on Feb. 25.

 

Protocols that remain include:

 

  • 50% capacity 
  • Patrons must wear masks at all times unless they are actively eating or drinking.
  • Parties must physically distance at least six feet apart.

Read the news release.

 

 

 

CDC Recommends Testing and Self-Quarantine After International Travel

 

Traveling internationally? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends international travelers – regardless of vaccination status – get tested three to five days after returning home and to self-quarantine for a week, even if they get a negative test.

 

Travels who don’t get tested should stay home for 10 days after returning home. Find more information here.

 

 

 

New COVID-19 Testing Clinic Hours

 

Johnson County drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinics are now from 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays. You can book appointments for Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be no testing clinics on Fridays.

 

Find other testing opportunities through your health care provider or at gogesttested.com.

 

 

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Feb. 26, there are 293,663 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 4,735 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 43,180 positive cases of COVID-19 and 638 deaths.

 

 

February 25, 2021

 

Johnson County Now Scheduling Second Doses at First Vaccination Appointment

 

With a goal to improve the vaccination process, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment staff is now scheduling second dose appointments when residents receive their first vaccine.

 

Residents can reschedule or cancel their appointment if needed. Call 913-715-2819 or email jcdhe@jocogov.org if you have any questions about vaccination appointments.

 

 

 

PPE Available for JoCo Businesses and Organizations

 

Personal protective equipment supplies are now available to all Johnson County businesses and organizations.

 

Sign up for PPE items such as face masks, face shields, and reusable cloth gowns here.

 

Last year, Johnson County distributed 6.3 million pieces of PPE to 1,300 organizations through its Community Personal Protective Equipment Program. 

 

 

 

 

 

February 24, 2021

 

New Support for Businesses in COVID-19 Recovery

 

Business owners in the hospitality industry thought they were getting a loan. Now, they don’t have to pay it back.

 

Gov. Laura Kelly announced on Feb. 23 that those loans are now considered grants.

 

Businesses such as restaurants, bars, hotels, and conference centers that received loans through the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund can now use that money to better recover from losses due to COVID-19. 

 

The HIRE Fund provided relief to businesses during the pandemic. In all, the state distributed $5 million to 344 businesses statewide.

 

 

 

February 22, 2021

 

Flags Flown at Half-Staff to Mourn 500,000 COVID-19 Related Deaths

 

President Joe Biden ordered the American flag be lowered to half-staff today through Feb. 26 to honor the 500,000 Americans who died from COVID-19.

 

The president also asked the nation to join in a moment of silence at sundown.

 

 

 

A Message from Johnson County: How to Get a Vaccine

 

We appreciate everyone's patience as we continue with the vaccination rollout. We are vaccinating about 8,000 people every week in Johnson County.

 

While, supply remains very limited, we encourage you to register for the vaccine wherever possible and accept the first available appointment opportunity presented.

 

For a complete list of vaccination options in Johnson County, visit our website. This includes JCDHE clinics, our local health partners who are currently serving those 65+ and school and child care staff, and now pharmacies as well.

 

 

 

CDC: Vaccinated People Don’t Have to Quarantine if Exposed to COVID-19

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends those fully vaccinated don’t need to quarantine if they’ve been exposed to someone infected with COVID-19. 

 

The CDC said people must also be:

 

  • Fully vaccinated and two weeks after their last dose
  • Within three months of their last dose
  • Have no symptoms since the COVID-19 exposure

The CDC previously recommended a 14-day quarantine for people exposed to COVID-19.

 

 

 

February 19, 2021

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Feb. 19, there are 290,832 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 4,614 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 42,690 positive cases of COVID-19 and 627 deaths.

 

 

 

February 18, 2021

 

AdventHealth Shawnee Mission Holding Vaccination Clinics; See How You Can Register for a Future Clinic

 

AdventHealth Shawnee Mission is now holding weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinics after partnering with Johnson County. They are vaccinating community members age 65 and older. 

 

To try and register for a future clinic, hospital staff said you should:

 

  • Sign up for alerts. It’s not a waiting list, but they are pulling names from community members who have signed up for COVID-19 related alerts. You can sign up here.
  • Be an AdventHealth patient. The hospital is sending invitations to qualified patients based on the number of doses they receive each week.

Find more information at coronavirusvaccinefacts.com.

 

 

 

February 17, 2021

 

Kansas Governor Announces $200 Million Available for Rental Assistance 

 

Gov. Laura Kelly said there’s now $200 million available for tenants statewide who may need help paying their rent to prevent evictions.

 

Renters may qualify if they earn up to 80% of their area’s median income and are experiencing financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Learn more about the Kansas Eviction Prevention Program and apply for help.

 

 

 

February 16, 2021

 

U.K. Variant Found in Kansas

 

Health officials found the United Kingdom variant of COVID-19 – known as B.1.1.7 – in Sedgwick County. This is the second Kansas case of the U.K. variant. The first was found in Ellis County earlier this month.

 

Officials are investigating the case and notifying close contacts.

 

 

 

Today’s JoCo Vaccination Clinics Rescheduled for Feb. 24

 

Due to inclement weather and rolling power outages, Johnson County has rescheduled today’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic to Wednesday, Feb. 24. 

 

Those who had appointments today at Okun Fieldhouse will have the same appointment time on Feb. 24. Okun Fieldhouse is located at 20200 Johnson Drive in Shawnee.

 

 

 

February 15, 2021

 

Volunteers Needed at Vaccination Clinics

 

Johnson County partnered with Heart to Heart International to serve as a “portal” for those who wish to volunteer at vaccination clinics.

 

Volunteers will serve in a variety of areas from set-up to collecting forms to managing traffic flow. Those nterested should click here to sign up to assist.

 

 

 

JoCo COVID-19 Testing Site Closed Again This Week

 

The Johnson County drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Olathe is closed for the week due to the extremely cold weather. This is the second week in a row the site has closed because of inclement weather.

 

Look for other testing opportunities at gogettested.com or through your health care provider.

 

 

 

February 12, 2021

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Feb. 12, there are 284,894 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 4,303 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 42,222 positive cases of COVID-19 and 604 deaths.

 

 

February 11, 2021

 

Watch the Latest JoCo Vaccination Update

 

Watch what’s happening regarding Johnson County’s vaccination distribution plans. Health officials answered questions in a virtual town-hall style event on Feb. 10. 

 

What’s Happening Right Now

 

Health officials said those in Phase 1 and Phase 2 should take this interest survey if you haven’t already. Vaccine distributions have moved to those age 65+ and public education staff. This week, clinics are open to those who need their second dose. Learn more about how to get a vaccine here.

 

 

 

February 9, 2021

 

Johnson County’s Drive-Thru Testing Site Closed This Week Due to Weather

 

The Johnson County drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Olathe is closed for the week due to inclement weather.

 

Look for other testing opportunities at gogettested.com or through your health care provider.

 

 

 

Vaccine Q&A with Johnson County Health Officials

 

Local health officials answered your top five questions about vaccine distribution in Johnson County.

 

Q. My second dose is due, but I haven't received an email or phone call to schedule an appointment. What should I do? 

 

A. If it is on or after your second dose due date (noted on the back of your vaccination card), please contact us at 913-715-2819. Please keep in mind, you can get your vaccine up to 42 days out from your second dose due date, under current CDC guidelines. Learn more.

 

 

 

Q. I'm over 80 and haven't received my first vaccine. How do I get it? 

 

A. Please fill out our interest survey. As soon as additional vaccine is received, we will contact you to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 

Q. How do I know you received my survey response to express interest in receiving a vaccine?

 

A. Beginning last week, we began sending email confirmations, in addition to the confirmation screen that displays immediately after you complete the survey. If we have confirmed that we have your survey response, we will notify you when it is your turn to receive vaccine and will provide instructions on how to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 

Q. I'm over 65 and my health care provider doesn't have any vaccine. How do I get my shots? 

 

A. We encourage you to complete the JCDHE interest survey AND register with your health care provider. Accept the first available opportunity to get vaccinated.

 

 

 

Q. How can I change my appointment to get a shot? 

 

A. You can change your own appointment from the confirmation email you received. Look in the confirmation email for a box in the right corner to change your appointment. If you need assistance, contact us at jcdhe@jocogov.org or by phone at 913-715-2819.

 

 

 

February 5, 2021

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Feb. 5, there are 281,562 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 4,101 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 41,697 positive cases of COVID-19 and 590 deaths.

 

 

 

February 3, 2021

 

Watch the Latest JoCo Vaccination Update

 

Want to know more about the ongoing efforts regarding Johnson County’s vaccination distribution? Watch an online discussion today at 4:30 p.m. on the county’s Facebook page

 

The county will take questions from Facebook during these town-hall style events. Look for live updates Monday through Wednesday and on Fridays.

 

What’s Happening Right Now

 

Vaccine distributions this week moved to those age 65+, K-12 public school special education staff, and Kansas School for the Deaf staff. County health officials said those 80+ who have completed the county’s interest form and haven’t been vaccinated will receive a follow-up email or phone call from the county on how to book an appointment. 

 

 

 

Face Masks Required on All Public Transportation

 

You’re now required to wear a face mask on nearly all public transportation systems, including at the airport and on busses. 

 

The new federal law took effect on Tuesday and applies to nearly everyone older than 2 years old. Find more information here.

 

 

 

February 2, 2021

 

New Way to Find Where Vaccinations Are Going

 

Kansans in Phase 1 or Phase 2 who want to get vaccinated can now find out who is administering them. 

 

The State of Kansas released a new tool called Find My Vaccine Map that lists COVID-19 vaccine administrators across Kansas. The map tells you where the vaccine is going each week and the providers that plan to vaccinate eligible Kansans.

 

You can always contact Johnson County’s health department to how you can access the vaccine. Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is free to you, but a provider can charge an administrative fee.

January 2021

January 29, 2021

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Jan. 29, there are 274,685 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 3,779 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 40,929 positive cases of COVID-19 and 567 deaths.

 

 

 

January 28, 2021

 

JoCo to Host Virtual News Conference Today to Give Vaccine Update

 

Learn more about Johnson County's vaccine distribution today during a live virtual news conference.

 

Watch live on the county's Facebook page starting at 4 p.m.

 

 

 

MCC Indoor Pool Remains Closed as JoCo Extends Public Health Order

 

Countywide Face Mask Mandate Continues 

 

Johnson County officials today extended its public health order for another two months. The goal: to help curb COVID-19 in the Kansas City region until vaccines become more widely available. 

 

This means the Merriam Community Center indoor pool will remain closed through March 31. MCC staff will contact anyone registered for a swim class or lesson through the end of March. 

 

The order, which was to expire Jan. 31, also extends the countywide face mask mandate through the end of March. The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted 5-2 to extend the health order.

 

View the public health order.

 

 

 

Resources Support for Small Businesses

 

The FDIC’s Alliance for Economic Inclusion will host a free webinar on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 1-3 p.m.

 

The presentation will focus on small business resources to support and enhance low-income business owners impacted by COVID-19.

 

Contact Teresa Green at 816-234-8084 or tegreen@fdic.gov for more information.

 

 

 

COVID-19-Related Scams Continue in KC Area

 

The IRS said you should watch out for scammers. That’s because they’ve seen an uptick in scam artists trying to get your stimulus money.

 

The IRS said they won’t call, email, or text you to verify banking or personal information. 

 

Report a scam to the IRS.

 

 

 

January 26, 2021

 

JoCo Starts Vaccinating Residents Age 80+

 

Johnson County health officials today started vaccinating those in Phase 2.

 

Using Phase 2 survey responses, residents 80 and older were notified by phone and email to book a vaccination appointment. Officials said they received more than 7,500 doses for this week. All of those doses will be distributed during vaccination clinics this week. 

 

Once everyone in the 80+ group is vaccinated, health officials will move to the next age group.

 

Learn more about the county’s vaccination plan.

 

 

 

Emergency Disaster Declaration Continues Through March 31

 

JoCo Mask Order Remains in Effect

 

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday extended the State of Disaster Emergency Declaration to March 31. 

 

Senate Bill 14 allows the state to continue to receive federal resources for COVID-19, including testing supplies, food bank support, and personal protective equipment for hospital staff and first responders.

 

The executive order also extends the state’s face mask mandates, which Johnson County has adopted. 

 

 

 

January 25, 2021

 

It’s OK if You’re Not OK

 

Check out It's Okay if You're Not Okay, a podcast from the Johnson County Mental Health Center.

 

The podcast highlights self-care verses coping during COVID-19. 

 

You’ll also learn about upcoming events from JCMHC, including Youth Mental Health First Aid, a virtual session on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and a parent support group that next meets on Thursday, Jan. 28.

 

 

 

January 22, 2021

 

New COVID-19 Testing Hours in JoCo

 

Beginning Jan. 25, free COVID-19 testing will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The appointment-based tests are located at the Health Services Building in Olathe.

 

 

 

Kansas Moves to Phase 2 

 

Gov. Laura Kelly recently shared her plans to move Kansas into Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination plan.

 

Not everyone will receive their vaccine right away. Kelly said about 1 million Kansans are in Phase 2, but the next weekly supply only contains 45,000 doses.

 

“While it’s important to remember that the rate of vaccinations will be dependent on the amount we receive from the federal government, we use every tool available to make vaccine delivery transparent, efficient, and fast in order to reach as many Kansans as possible.”

 

Read Kelly’s news release to see if you qualify for Phase 2.

 

 

 

Gov. Kelly Releases New Vaccine Dashboard

 

View a new data dashboard that shows how many Kansans have been vaccinated, the number of total doses distributed, the types of vaccines administered (Pfizer vs. Moderna), and the percent of Kansans vaccinated.

 

 

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Jan. 22, there are 266,653 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 3,598 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 39,921 positive cases of COVID-19 and 543 deaths.

 

 

 

January 20, 2021

 

Vaccine Rollout Update

 

Johnson County continues to be in Phase 1 of its vaccination rollout.

 

Appointment-based vaccine clinics are happening this week. Those in Phase 1 can schedule an appointment here.

 

Residents in Phase 2 (65 and older) who want to receive a COVID-19 vaccine should fill out this survey. The survey is to let the county know who’s interested in receiving the vaccine. It’s not to reserve an appointment.

 

Stay updated at jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine.

 

 

 

January 19, 2021

 

COVID-19 Scams on the Rise

 

Is someone offering you COVID-19 tests or Medicare prescription cards in exchange for personal information? It’s likely a scam says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office.

 

Scammers are using telemarketing calls, texting, or door-to-door visits to get your personal information. If you want to make a complaint about COVID-19 health care fraud, report it online or call 800-447-8477. 

 

 

 

January 15, 2021

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Jan. 15, there are 256,134 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 3,502 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 38,409 positive cases of COVID-19 and 530 deaths.

 

 

 

January 14, 2021

 

CDC Tracking COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout

 

You can now find the number of vaccines that have been administered in Kansas and across the nation.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks data on total doses distributed and total doses administered. It also tracks vaccines administered at long-term care facilities. 

 

As of Jan. 13, Kanas has reported 93,885 administered doses.  

 

 

 

January 13, 2021

 

Johnson County Rolling Out Vaccination Clinics This Week

 

Johnson County will roll out vaccination clinics this week with the goal of vaccinating 1,000 health care workers each day until supplies run out.

 

The county has already administered 4,000 vaccines out of 6,000 doses it has received. The County is working with KU Medical Center to work on logistics of how to get people registered to get vaccinated.

 

Health care providers are asked to complete this form to let the county know your staff wants to be vaccinated. The County has already registered 25,000 people.

 

View the latest county COVID-19 vaccination updates here.

 

 

 

Sign Up for New COVID-19 E-Newsletter

 

Johnson County staff has created a daily e-newsletter for those who live, work, and play in the county. 

 

Find timely information about the vaccination rollout, and who’s eligible to be vaccinated based on the state’s plan. You can also view educational videos and COVID-19 dashboards from the county and local hospitals.

 

Sign up at jocogov.org/COVIDNewsletter. The daily e-newsletter is also available on the county’s website.

 

 

 

January 8, 2021

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Jan. 8, there are 242,322 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 3,148 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 36,287 positive cases of COVID-19 and 492 deaths.

 

 

 

New Website Focuses on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Across Kansas

 

Kansas health officials released a new website that focuses on COVID-19 vaccinations. It talks about the safety and availability of vaccines, and it answers frequently asked questions.

 

The website also shows the five distribution phases of when Kansans will likely receive the vaccine.

 

You can also check out the latest updates about COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson County here.

 

 

 

January 7, 2021

 

State’s Disaster Declaration Extended; Includes Face Mask Mandate

 

Kansans will need to continue to mask up after the State Finance Council voted to extend the State Disaster Declaration to Jan. 26.

 

With the extension, the state can continue distributing vaccines, addressing hospital capacity, and making sure medical equipment needs are met.

 

When Kansas lawmakers return to session next week, they will need to approve whether to extend the declaration further.

 

 

 

Flags Flown at Half-Staff Today to Honor 3,000 Lives Lost to COVID-19

 

Gov. Laura Kelly directed flags across the state to be lowered to half-staff today. This is in honor of the 3,000 Kansans who lost their battle with COVID-19. 

 

Kelly has ordered flags be lowered to half-staff each time 1,000 lives are lost to the virus.

 

 

 

January 5, 2021

 

JoCo Vaccine Information

 

Johnson County first responders this week are receiving the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination. 

 

The county is in Phase 1 (highest risk) of distributing COVID-19 vaccines. Healthcare workers and people who work and live in nursing homes are in this phase. 

 

Essential workers and those over the age of 75 will receive the next round of vaccines. Those in a lower-risk phase will likely get vaccinated in late spring or early summer, depending on availability. 

 

The vaccines are free, but healthcare providers can charge an office visit or an administrative fee.

 

 

 

Gov. Kelly Extends COVID-19 Supply Delivery Permissions 

 

Drivers who deliver COVID-19 related supplies can continue to serve Kansans without the need of certain licenses and certifications. Gov. Laura Kelly extended the executive order on Jan. 4.

 

The order also lifts weight restrictions and required permits to allow medical, food, and other shipments to quickly move across Kansas.

 

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Jan. 4, there are 231,317 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 2,897 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 34,929 positive cases of COVID-19 and 469 deaths.

December 2020

December 23, 2020

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Dec. 23, there are 209,689 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 2,507 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 31,722 positive cases of COVID-19 and 410 deaths.

 

 

 

Deadline Extended for Expiring Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards

 

Kansans now have until June 30, 2021, to renew their driver's licenses. 

 

Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday extended the deadline for all drivers. Kansans age 21- 64 may also renew their license online. Service fees were removed for those using iKan. 

 

Driver's license services are part of the Kansas Department of Revenue and not the Johnson County Motor Vehicle. 

 

 

December 18, 2020

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Dec. 18, there are 200,426 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 108 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 2,341 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 30,468 positive cases of COVID-19 and 383 deaths.

 

 

 

Vaccine Update

 

Kansas this week received its first shipment of Pfizer vaccines to combat COVID-19, and local health care providers administered the first of two doses.

 

The state is expected to receive more vaccines next week, including a shipment of Moderna vaccines.

 

Healthcare workers eligible for the first phase of vaccinations should contact the Johnson County Health and Environment to determine when the vaccines will be available to them. 

 

Organizations can also complete this online form, so the county can assess the number of health care workers wanting a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

 

 

December 14, 2020

 

Face Mask Order Continues in Kansas as Emergency Declaration Order Extended

 

The Kansas State Finance Council extended the Emergency Disaster Declaration until Jan. 10. This means Gov. Laura Kelly’s face mask order still stands. 

 

The order will remain in effect unless the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners votes to opt-out of the mask order.

 

 

 

Mobile COVID-19 Clinic in Johnson County

 

Johnson County will soon have a mobile COVID-19 clinic. The mobile unit will go to different parts of the county to give COVID-19 tests and, eventually, to administer COVID-19 vaccines.  

 

The county received the mobile clinic as part of a grant.

 

 

 

December 11, 2020

 

Face Masks Required While Working Out at the MCC Starting Monday

 

Starting Monday, Dec. 14, all Merriam Community Center patrons will need to wear a face mask at all times while working out.

 

This is for the safety of MCC visitors and staff.

 

We had let patrons remove their masks in certain workout area, but we're making these changes due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases.

 

 

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Dec. 11, there are 185,294 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 107 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 2,072 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 28,023 positive cases of COVID-19 and 338 deaths.

 

 

 

December 10, 2020

 

Free Saliva COVID-19 Testing at Shawnee Mission North

 

Avoid a nasal swab for COVID-19 testing and take a spit test instead. The Shawnee Mission School District is offering free saliva COVID-19 testing for all Johnson County residents. 

 

Testing takes place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at Shawnee Mission North High School (7401 Johnson Drive; Overland Park) in the east parking lot. 

 

Because this is a saliva test, you shouldn’t eat or drink 30 minutes before you get tested. You’ll receive test results in two to four days.

 

Other free COVID-19 testing opportunities include:

 

Friday, Dec. 11 – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Shawnee Town

11600 Johnson Drive

Shawnee, KS

*indoor event*

 

Thursday, Dec. 17 – 9 a.m. to Noon

Lenexa Public Safety Complex (Old City Hall)

12350 W 87th St. Pkwy

Lenexa, KS

*indoor event*

  

Friday, Dec. 18 – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Center of Grace

520 S. Harrison St.

Olathe, KS

*indoor event*

 

Monday, Dec. 28 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lenexa Public Safety Complex (Old City Hall)

12350 W. 87th St. Pkwy.

Lenexa, KS

*indoor event*

 

 

 

December 7, 2020

 

Find Out Where to get Free COVID-19 Testing Across Kansas

 

You can now find all free COVID-19 testing sites across the state of Kansas and book an appointment on one website.

 

Go Get Tested is a new tool under Gov. Laura Kelly’s public health campaign called “Stop the Spread. It’s Up to Us, Kansas.” 

 

You can search for testing sites by zip code, and it gives you the next available test slot and wait time.

 

Kelly said it’s important for you to continue wearing masks and physical distance during the holiday season. You’re encouraged to get tested if you have coronavirus symptoms, been around someone who has COVID-19, or you’ve been in a large crowd.

 

 

 

December 4, 2020

 

JoCo Library Releases New Resource Guide

 

A new resource is available to help guide you through the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson County Library created a list of resources that covers a variety of topics.

 

The goal is to provide support and help for residents who have been impacted by COVID-19.

 

 

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Dec. 4, there are 168,295 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 107 years old, and the median age is 39. In Kansas, 1,786 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 25,588 positive cases of COVID-19 and 299 deaths.

 

 

 

December 3, 2020

 

Kansas Governor Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

 

Gov. Laura Kelly this week said the state will receive 150,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of December.

 

In her plan, Kelly said:

 

Vaccines will be made available in three stages:

  • Phase 1: High-risk health care workers and nursing home residents
  • Phase 2: Non-high-risk age 65 and older
  • Phase 3: Non-high-risk under age 65

Phase 2 and 3 may happen between winter and late spring. Vaccines will be free, but providers can charge an administrative fee. 

Kelly said Kansans should continue to take precautions and wash their hands, physical distance, and wear a mask. 

 

Watch her news conference.

 

  

 

CDC Shortens Quarantine Period to 10 Days for Those with No Symptoms

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortened the recommended quarantine period from 14 to 10 days after a person is exposed to COVID-19. This is if the person reports no symptoms.

 

The CDC said it could even go down to 7 days if a person has no symptoms and receives a negative test. It said the decision is based on new research and data.

 

Even with the shortened recommendations, the CDC advises people to track their symptoms for the full 14 days.

 

 

 

CDC Releases New Travel Recommendations

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its travel recommendations. 

 

The CDC said people should postpone travel if possible. If you need to travel, it recommends you:

 

Get tested 1-3 days before you leave and 3-5 days after returning.

Limit non-essential activities for a week after returning home

 

 

December 2, 2020

 

Thursday’s BOCC Meeting to be Held Via Zoom 

 

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Johnson County, the next Board of County Commissioners meeting will be held online.

 

You can watch the live stream on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 9:30 a.m. on Johnson County’s website or its Facebook page.

 

 

 

December 1, 2020

 

Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Help for JoCo Residents

 

Are you behind on your rent, mortgage, or utilities? Families can get up to $5,000 to help pay for these essentials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Johnson County commissioners started the Housing Assistance Fund to help those at risk of losing their homes.

 

The money is paid directly to landlords, mortgage companies, and utility providers for past-due rent and bills. Help is available to those experiencing financial hardships and whose annual income is below $73,417.

 

Apply today. En Español.

 

More Information

Applicants will be contacted by a caseworker at one of four Johnson County programs including Johnson County Human Services multiservice centers; the Salvation Army, El Centro; Jewish Family Services; and the Salvation Army. Applicants will need to provide proof of income, identification, and documentation of the financial need, such as a utility bill, mortgage statement, or landlord letter.

 

For other health and human service needs, Johnson County residents may call United Way 211, by dialing 2-1-1 or 816-474-5112 or calling toll free at 866-320-5764. 

November 2020

November 25, 2020

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Nov. 25, there are 147,797 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 107 years old, and the median age is 38. In Kansas, 1,503 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 22,564 positive cases of COVID-19 and 282 deaths.

 

 

 

COVID-19 Testing Holiday Schedule

 

If you want to get tested for COVID-19, make sure you know when Johnson County’s drive-thru testing site will be open during the holidays.

 

The Olathe site will be closed: 

·      Today through Nov. 27

·      Dec. 22 - No evening testing

·      Dec. 23-25

·      Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 2021.  

Find more information or schedule a COVID-19 test.

 

 

 

Celebrate Thanksgiving Safe at Home

 

Prepare traditional dishes with those in your home.

Host a virtual dinner with family and friends.

Watch sporting events and movies together at home.

Find more ways to stay safe this Thanksgiving at https://www.jocogov.org/holidays-and-gatherings.

 

 

November 20, 2020

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Nov. 20, there are 134,533 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 107 years old, and the median age is 38. In Kansas, 1,410 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 21,205 positive cases of COVID-19 and 266 deaths.

 

 

 

JoCo BOCC Approves Fines for Public Health Order Violators

 

Businesses and those who participate in mass gatherings can now be fined up to $500 if they violate the new public health order that went into effect in Johnson County on Nov. 16.

 

The Board of County Commissioners yesterday voted on a resolution to enforce the health order in incorporated areas of the county. Merriam would need to pass a resolution if it wanted to allow county codes to be enforceable within the city.

 

Read more information.

 

 

 

Olathe Adds Two COVID-19 Testing Community Events

 

Get tested for COVID-19 at one of these free events. You’re encouraged to get tested if you have coronavirus symptoms, if you’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, or if you’ve been in a large crowd. Registration is encouraged. Sign up here.

 

Saturday, Nov. 21: Shawnee Town, 11600 Johnson Drive; Shawnee  //  9 a.m.-noon

 

Monday, Nov. 23: Center of Grace, 520 S. Harrison; Olathe  //  9 a.m.-noon

 

Saturday, Dec. 5: Center of Grace, 520 S. Harrison; Olathe  //  9 a.m.-noon

 

Saturday, Dec. 12: Shawnee Town, 11600 Johnson Drive; Shawnee  //  9 a.m.-noon

 

 

 

November 17, 2020

 

JoCo Motor Vehicle Offices Reopen to the Public on Mondays

 

Starting Monday, Nov. 23, you’ll be able to visit Johnson County Motor Vehicle offices in Olathe and Mission Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

The offices closed on Mondays in September because of a pandemic-related backlog. 

 

You’re still encouraged to use the title drop-off service instead of receiving in-person service due to COVID-19. 

 

 

 

Free, COVID-19 Testing Community Events

 

Get tested for COVID-19 at one of these free events. You’re encouraged to get tested if you have coronavirus symptoms, if you’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, or if you’ve been in a large crowd. Ages 6+. Registration encouraged. Sign up here.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 18: Gardner First Baptist, 324 E. Shawnee; Gardner  //  1-4 p.m. 

 

Thursday, Nov. 19: Life Spring Church, 206 N. Webster; Spring Hill  //  9 a.m.-noon

 

Saturday, Nov. 21: Shawnee Town, 11600 Johnson Drive; Shawnee  //  9 a.m.-noon

 

Saturday, Dec. 12: Shawnee Town, 11600 Johnson Drive; Shawnee  //  9 a.m.-noon

 

 

 

November 15, 2020

 

New Board of Public Health Order Issued to Help Curb COVID-19

Merriam Community Center Indoor Pool to Close Due to Order

 

Due to the increase of coronavirus cases in the Kansas City region, Johnson County health officials on Friday issued a public health order to help control the spread of COVID-19. The order starts Monday, Nov. 16, and goes through Jan. 31, 2021. 

 

What this means for you:

  • Restaurants, bars, night clubs, and other businesses that sell alcohol must close by midnight, including in-person dining. Carry-out, drive-thru, and delivery may continue after midnight. Only up to eight people may be seated together at one table.
  • Gatherings are limited to 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is less. Exemptions include places of worship, child care facilities, schools and school activities, courts, fitness centers, bars, restaurants, and retail stores.
  • Fitness centers must close locker rooms, except for use as a bathroom.
  • Recreation and youth sports can continue, but attendance is limited to two attendees per participant.
  • Face masks must be worn at all times in businesses where people need to be closer than 6 feet, such as at nail and hair salons, doctors’ visits, etc.
  • You must maintain 6 feet of distance between you and anyone who doesn’t live with you in a public space.

Because locker rooms are included in this order, the Merriam Community Center indoor pool will be closed Monday, Nov. 16 through Jan. 31, 2021. The City will also cancel any events that have more than 50 people.

 

View frequently asked questions provided by Johnson County. 

 

 

 

November 13, 2020

 

State of Disaster Declaration Extended to Dec. 15

 

The State Finance Council approved Gov. Laura Kelly’s request to extend her state of disaster declaration to Dec. 15. The declaration was set to expire on Nov. 15. 

 

The state of disaster declaration is needed to receive federal support for personal protective equipment, testing kits, and housing for those affected by COVID-19.

 

The declaration also means the mask mandate remains in effect through Dec. 15 unless the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners votes to overturn the order.

 

 

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Nov. 13, there are 115,507 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 107 years old, and the median age is 38. In Kansas, 1,256 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 18,823 positive cases of COVID-19 and 243 deaths.

 

 

 

November 12, 2020

 

CDC Says People Who Wear Face Masks Better Protected

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is now scientific data proving that people who wear face masks are better protected from COVID-19.

 

Back in April, the CDC recommended people wear face masks to protect others. Now, it determined that wearing masks protects yourself as well.

 

The CDC said masks with many layers and a high thread count do a better job protecting people against COVID-19.

 

 

 

November 9, 2020

 

SMSD to Hold Special Public Meeting About COVID-19

 

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Johnson County, the Shawnee Mission School District Board of Education plans to hold a special public meeting about school gating criteria on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.

 

You can watch the meeting live on the district’s website.

 

Find more information about the meeting here.

 

 

 

Two Community Events This Week to Get Free COVID-19 Testing

 

Two community events are happening this week for residents to get free COVID-19 testing. 

 

Wednesday, Nov. 11 // 2-5 p.m. // First Baptist Church Stilwell, 19950 Broadmoor Lane; Stilwell

Thursday, Nov. 12 // 2:30-5:30 p.m. // Hindu Temple of KC, 6330 Lackman Road; Shawnee

Register for a community event COVID-19 test.

 

The Department of Health and Environment continues to offer free testing at its Olathe location (11875 S. Sunset Drive) for those who work or live in Johnson County. Find more information and schedule a COVID-19 test.

 

 

 

November 6, 2020

 

COVID-19 By the Numbers

 

As of Nov. 6, there are 97,633 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is zero to 107 years old, and the median age is 37. In Kansas, 1,166 people have died from COVID-19.

 

Johnson County has 16,309 positive cases of COVID-19 and 229 deaths.

 

 

 

November 5, 2020

 

South Dakota, Two Countries Added to Kansas Self-Quarantine List

 

South Dakota joins its northern neighbor on Kansas’s self-quarantine list. 

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said anyone who traveled to South Dakota or the countries of Belgium and Czechia on or after Nov. 4 will need to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Anyone who's traveled out of state to a mass gathering event of more than 500 people with no physical distancing and mask-wearing will also need to quarantine for two weeks.

View KDHE’s updated travel guidelines. 

 

 

November 4, 2020

 

Free COVID-19 Testing Event in JoCo Tomorrow

 

Johnson County scheduled a free COVID-19 testing event on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at 8714 Antioch Road in Overland Park. 

 

The test is for anyone age six and older. Preregistration is encouraged.

 

 

 

JoCo Schools Now in Red Zone; Stay Open for Now

 

Due to a high level of community spread, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment said schools are now in the Red Zone. 

 

Health officials said schools can stay open for now. That’s because COVID-19 transmissions are spreading at community events and not within the schools. The health officials said staff is doing a good job preventing spread in the school buildings.