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Cases of COVID-19 climbed in Johnson County over the past week, with the percent positive up to 10.4%, compared to 8.4% last week. The county also saw 20 new COVID-19 related deaths.
The majority of new cases are occurring within adults 20 to 60 years old who are gathering in large groups at restaurants or bars, and individuals attending social gatherings like weddings or football watch parties, according to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.
The new cases by week climbed from 714 to 1,251 — demonstrating a 75% spike. The county’s previous peak in cases was 810 new cases the week of July 12.
School gating criteria in ‘red’ zone
The spike in cases has caused JCDHE to change its school gating criteria from “Orange” to “Red” and to recommend schools cancel all indoor winter sports and activities. However, the county health department is not advising any changes with learning modes. Most Shawnee Mission area students have returned to some form of in-person learning at least part of the time.
The increase in cases is driven by the community and not schools, said county health director Sanmi Areola, Ph.D,
“Our students and schools have done a tremendous job. The increase we are seeing is not driven by schools,” he said. “We need adults in our community to not let up and help stop the spread of the virus.”
RECENT COVID-19 COVERAGE
- JoCo Health changes school gating criteria to ‘Red’ but does not call for return to remote learning
- Survey: 25% of Kansans say they’ve faced economic hardships during COVID-19 pandemic
- ‘Very dangerous territory’ — JoCo hits single-day high in new COVID-19 cases with 287
- JoCo will study its sewage in hopes of getting ahead of next COVID-19 surge
- Mission approves buying touchless City Hall fixtures, laptops and more, with federal COVID-19 relief funds
ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM JOHNSON COUNTY
- Johnson County continues to see a high number of cases
- Johnson County reports highest number of new infections
since start of pandemic
Click here to see a calendar of Johnson County COVID-19 testing events