Editor’s Note: In an effort to keep our readers informed of COVID-19 trends across Johnson County, the Shawnee Mission Post each Wednesday will publish a weekly update detailing the latest news and trends related to the novel coronavirus in our area. This is our second report.
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The percent positive test rate for COVID-19 in Johnson County is down this week, along with a drop in new cases.
In his update to the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Sanmi Areola noted the county has experienced a drop in new weekly infections, averaging about 91 new COVID-19 infections per day.
There were 640 new cases reported for the week of Oct. 4, down about 5% from the 673 cases the week prior. The percentage positives decreased to 5.9%, down from last week’s 6.4%. (Last week, JCDHE changed how it calculates percent positivity, leading to a dramatic one-time drop in the reported rate. Read this explanation behind the change.)
The Johnson County Local Health Officer Joseph LeMaster provided tips to safely celebrate Halloween this year in an online video. LeMaster urged residents to practice social distancing, wash hands frequently, and set aside any candy collected during trick-or-treating events for a few days since it would have been handled by several different people.
Below you will find links to the Shawnee Mission Post’s COVID-19 coverage from the last week, along with notable news releases from Johnson County.
RECENT COVID-19 COVERAGE
- Kansas Senate candidates and Kansas House candidates on Gov. Kelly’s response to COVID-19
- Kansas State Board of Education candidates on COVID-19 and in-person schooling
- JoCo residents financially impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for free skills training at JCCC
- JoCo finalizes $35 million COVID-19 aid package that includes help for small businesses, renters
- Clues from Kansans’ blood suggest COVID-19 pandemic could stick around for a long time
- JoCo lands $856,000 election grant, covering pay hike for poll workers and mail-in ballot costs
- Touchless doors and upgraded tech – How Merriam plans to spend $350,000 in COVID-19 relief funds
- Prairie Ridge Elementary in Shawnee receives $2,000 in COVID-19 relief funds
- ‘We’re doing our best’– Fairway staple Rainy Day Books approaches 45th anniversary, prepares to reopen amid pandemic
- Glenwood Arts Theatre to reopen Oct. 21 after being closed for seven months due to COVID-19
ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM JOHNSON COUNTY
- Johnson County public health and mental health issue joint statement
- Expanded COVID-19 testing opportunities available
- JCDHE releases Halloween guidance for safer celebrations
- Seasonal flu shots available
Click here to see a calendar of Johnson County COVID-19 testing events.