JoCo health officials announce 5th confirmed COVID-19 case, first known local transmission

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment said the woman who contracted the coronavirus is associated with Johnson County Community College.

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The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment this morning announced that a fifth person here has been confirmed to have contracted COVID-19.

The department’s release notes the woman is the first known case of local transmission in the county and that the person has spent time at Johnson County Community College:

The case is a female in her 50s associated with Johnson County Community College. This case is the first known case in Johnson County of local transmission. JCDHE is working to identify any close contacts of the individual. Those that were exposed will be contacted by JCDHE as soon as possible. The individual is hospitalized and doing well. The family of the individual is in quarantine.

JCCC announced on Thursday that it would close the campus to essential personnel only starting today. Instruction will resume online March 30, but students are “are strongly encouraged to remain at home.”

JCDHE renewed its calls for people to take basic measures to stem the spread of the virus.

“It is important to remember to take basic precautions like washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home when you are ill,” said JCDHE Interim Director Mary Beverly. “The local transmission has been expected, most people with mild symptoms will recover in a short amount of time.”