Six of 11 Johnson County COVID-19 cases were from local transmission; City halls closed over pandemic

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Six of 11 confirmed Johnson County COVID-19 cases were acquired through local transmission

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment announced on Tuesday that its on-going investigation into local cases of coronavirus infection has determined that six of the confirmed 11 cases here were acquired through local transmission, not from exposure during travel.

Roeland Park city hall closes due to COVID-19 pandemic

Roeland Park announced on Tuesday night that it was closing city hall to the public until further notice in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“At this time, we do not anticipate significant service interruptions as most services can be completed online or over the phone,” said City Administrator, Keith Moody. “However, if there is a specific service that a resident needs assistance with immediately that cannot be completed remotely special accommodations will be made.”

The “How Do I?” section on the city’s website has information on using city services remotely.

Merriam closes all city offices to public in an effort to mitigate COVID-19 exposure

The city of Merriam on Tuesday announced it would close all city offices to the public starting March 17 at 12 p.m., effective through April 5. Essential services will continue to operate and city staff will assist people via phone or email. The lobby of the police department will remain open to the public in the event of an emergency.

Information on how to contact Merriam’s community development department, public works, parks and recreation and municipal court can be found here. Arraignment and plea document continuances can also be found on that website. To keep up with Merriam’s COVID-19 updates, visit the city’s COVID-19 landing page here.

Leawood City Hall remains closed until March 24

Leawood City Hall and other city buildings will be closed to public access until Tuesday, March 24. The announcement follows the COVID-19 virus state of emergency declaration by Johnson County government.

Residents and city employees in direct exposure to a subject who tested positive for COVID-19 last week at city hall remain in a 14-day quarantine, according to Leawood’s announcement Tuesday afternoon.

Some staff will be available to answer calls, but group meetings, classes and other public events are canceled for the foreseeable future. The city recommends checking its website for updates.

All Leawood Municipal Court hearings and walk-in dockets are also suspended through Wednesday, April 8. New court dates will be mailed to defendants’ addresses on file. Court clerks will be available by phone at 913-339-6735 during normal business hours.