Several JoCo cities had representatives at D.C. conference where 2 tested positive for COVID-19

The National League of Cities reported that two attendees at the Congressional City Conference earlier this month have tested positive for COVID-19. A number of Johnson County cities had elected officials and staff members at the conference. Photo via Twitter.

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Several Johnson County cities had representatives attend a National League of Cities conference in Washington D.C. earlier this month, after which the league announced that two its attendees tested positive for COVID-19.

The National League of Cities on Tuesday announced that two people who attended the Congressional City Conference 2020 earlier this month have tested positive for COVID-19. The conference took place March 8-11 in Washington, D.C.

Local officials have been checking with conference organizer to see if any local attendees may have had direct contact with the attendees who tested positive. The cities of Merriam, Lenexa, Prairie Village and Shawnee say they had councilmembers and/or staff at the conference. Of those, Lenexa and Prairie Village say they have now confirmed that their representatives did not attend any of the same workshops as the two people who have tested positive for the virus.

A copy of the league’s statement on the situation, which was released Tuesday, is below:

“The National League of Cities learned today two attendees of the Congressional City Conference 2020 have tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals were active participants in the conference—attending general sessions and workshops.
The conference attendees are currently under the care of healthcare professionals, recovering at home and feeling better.

The health and safety of our conference guests is our top priority. While we are not able to officially determine how and when these individuals contracted the virus, nor are we permitted under privacy laws to disclose the names of individuals, we wanted to alert you immediately on the potential exposure risk. At this time, these are the only two known confirmed cases.

Through guidance provided by the DC Health department, if you are feeling sick, please stay at home. Contact your healthcare provider immediately to let them know you may have been exposed and need to be evaluated.

As we each navigate this unprecedented time in our country, we understand the additional anxiety this news may cause. We will continue to update you as we learn of any additional information on www.ccc.nlc.org and through email. If you have any immediate questions please feel free to contact questions@nlc.org.”