County Update: Commissioner Jim Allen on COVID-19 resources

"The situation with COVID-19 in our community is rapidly evolving on many levels. There has been an influx of constant information and it is more important than ever to make sure you are getting your information from trusted resources," said Commissioner Allen. File photo.

Each week we provide a member of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners the opportunity to share an update on what issues are catching their attention. This week, we have a column from District 2 Commissioner Jim Allen, whose district includes Lake Quivira, much of Shawnee and part of Lenexa.

The situation with COVID-19 in our community is rapidly evolving on many levels. There has been an influx of constant information and it is more important than ever to make sure you are getting your information from trusted resources.

Johnson County Government has been working very hard to keep our residents and business community informed with the latest information in multiple ways.

  • A special webpage has been created which you can find at www.jocogov.org/coronavirus. That webpage is updated constantly with news, links to important information and Frequently Answered Questions. We also have links to the websites for KDHE and the CDC.
  • For the past several weeks the county has been sending a daily e-newsletter to the public. You can register for that at www.jocogov.org/subscribe. The Mental Health Center has also started a weekly email with messages of kindness, connection and coping. You can sign up for that at https://www.jocogov.org/dept/mental-health/home.
  • If you use Facebook and Twitter, you will find a lot of good information there. You can find us there by searching for @jocogov. We are posting quite a few videos each week with our subject matter experts answering commonly asked questions.
  • Just this week we started producing a three-minute daily video/audio update which we are sending to local televisions and radio stations, so hopefully you will start hearing regular updates from us on your local broadcast channels. We also work with local reporters every day to make sure they have the most updated and accurate information from us.
  • We also have several hotlines and call centers available to take your questions. Typically they operate between 8 a.m. on 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but when needed we have extended those hours.

Johnson County COVID-19 Hotline for virus-related questions, staffed by school nurses from across Johnson County
913-715-CV19 (2819)

Non health-related questions, should be directed to our regular Johnson County Call Center
913-715-5000

Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline is available for parents or providers.
913-477-8361

Questions about the state’s stay at home order can be emailed to KEFF@ks.gov.

The Board of County Commissioners as well as county staff working hard to keep our 600,000 residents informed on COVID-19.