Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Important information from JCDHE regarding COVID-19 vaccinations
By the end of today, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will have vaccinated more than 50,000 people either at its own clinics or through our health care system partners. Progress includes vaccinating nearly 40 percent of our county’s educators and school staff. In addition, results from an informal JCDHE survey indicate that all of our county’s Long Term Care Facilities have received their first and second doses as part of the Federal Pharmacy Program.
The following is Johnson County’s vaccination plan for the week of Feb. 22. However, it should be noted that we still have not received next week’s doses due weather delays. If we do not receive our allotted doses for next week, these plans are subject to change.
- Health care workers – JCDHE continues to schedule healthcare workers whose second doses are due for appointments next week. Appointments are being scheduled via a unique link.
- 80+ population - The county will provide limited appointments for first and second doses to this group next week. People in this age group must please complete the interest form. Those who have successfully completed the county’s interest form and have not been vaccinated will receive a follow-up email or phone call from the county on how to book an appointment. We are regularly monitoring our data to ensure that everyone who takes this survey is being contacted when they are eligible for an appointment.
- 65+ population - Johnson County hospital systems – Advent Health, Menorah, Overland Park Regional, Olathe Health, KU-Med, St. Luke’s Hospital are offering vaccinations. Go to their websites for more information.
- K-12 public and private school staff and daycare providers – These individuals will continue to be vaccinated through Children’s Mercy next week at various locations. Eligible staff should receive information from their school or district administration. Additional clinics for daycare center staff and home childcare providers who completed the county’s interest survey have been scheduled.
- Independent Living Facilities - JCDHE is working with Hy-Vee and Auburn pharmacy to provide vaccinations to 1900 people in 27 independent living facilities.
- Federal Pharmacy Retail Program – began this week, see jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine for additional information.
- Anyone in the Tier 1 categories who missed their first dose – These individuals can make an appointment at any available vaccination clinic.
We will keep the public updated on next week’s plans and the status of our dose allotment at jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine.
- JCDHE is vaccinating first responders (fire, police and Sheriff’s Office), health care workers who are due for their second dose and a portion of those 80 and older who have already taken the interest survey.
- For the 65+ population, to start with, JCDHE has provided vaccine to KU Med, Olathe Health or AdventHealth health care systems. These health systems will book appointments based upon vaccine availability, but do not call for an appointment. You will be contacted by them.
- Children’s Mercy is vaccinating K-12 public school special education staff and Kansas School for the Deaf staff. Eligible staff should receive information from their school or district administration.
Those 80 and older who have successfully completed the county’s interest form and have not been vaccinated will receive a follow-up email or phone call from the county on how to book an appointment. We are regularly monitoring our data to ensure that everyone who takes this survey is being contacted when they are eligible for an appointment.
If you haven't completed Johnson County's interest form, visit this page to confirm which phase you're in: Kansas Department of Health and Environment COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Plan. If you’re a Johnson County resident/worker who is eligible in Phase 2 and you haven’t taken the vaccine interest survey, fill out the county interest form or call (913) 715-2819.
Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE), announced Jan. 28 the following vaccination plans for the week of Feb. 1:
• Health care workers who are due for the second dose of vaccine have been contacted or will be contacted if their due date is later than Feb. 6. Appointments are being scheduled via a unique link.
• The county will continue vaccinating any remaining persons in the 80+ population. Please complete the interest form. Those who have successfully completed the county’s interest form and have not been vaccinated will receive a follow-up email or phone call from the county on how to book an appointment. We are regularly monitoring our data to ensure that everyone who takes this survey is being contacted when they are eligible for an appointment.
• For the 65+ population, if they have been a patient at either Olathe Health or AdventHealth within the past three years, they will be contacted about appointments as the vaccine becomes available. These health systems are still booking appointments, but do not call for an appointment. You will be contacted by them.
• Children’s Mercy will vaccinate K-12 public school special education staff and Kansas School for the Deaf staff next week. Eligible staff should receive information from their school or district administration.
• Next week, JCDHE will vaccinate first responders (fire, police and Sheriff’s Office.)
• As this is a monumental effort to undertake with very limited supplies of vaccine, we understand the level of frustration this has created in the community. Currently, JCDHE has a team of 6-8 people attempting to answer thousands of calls each day. Because we have received many voicemail messages from residents, the department has added volunteers to return those calls, as well as hired an additional nine contractors to assist with this effort next week.
Questions? Johnson County has put together a FAQ on their website.
If you are a Johnson County resident and wanting to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, please view the steps below from Johnson County on what action you can take today.
3. Call your doctor to see if you have an opportunity to get a vaccination from them.
4. Health care workers who haven’t gotten their vaccination yet can make an appointment at jocovaccine.setmore.com.
5. Sign up for the county’s daily COVID-19 e-newsletter at jocogov.org/COVIDNewsletter.
For more information about the vaccine in Johnson County, see our Frequently Asked Questions.
Miami County Health Department to begin Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine plan
With Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announcing that Kansas counties can proceed to Phase 2 under the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, Miami County Health Department will begin vaccinating those eligible in Phase 2 with several upcoming vaccine clinics open to the public. The first clinic will be scheduled for Jan. 27 and will take place at the Miami County Health Department.
If you are eligible in Phase 2, please call (913) 755-5185 beginning Jan. 25 to schedule an appointment. Once all time slots are filled, the line will be switched off until more appointments become available.
The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is ready for individuals who are in Phase 2 of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Plan to express their interest in receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.
Those who qualify for Phase 2 may visit https://redcap.jocogov.org/surveys/?s=8KWLNLWWHL to fill out the interest form. The survey site is currently experiencing heavy volume. If you are having trouble accessing the survey, please try again at a later time.
This interest form is not an appointment and does not reserve a vaccine for you. Once the vaccine is available for Phase 2, JCDHE will contact you with further instructions on how to schedule an appointment to receive your vaccination.
If you are not in one of the Phase 2 categories, please do not fill out the form. We thank you for your continued patience as we finish vaccinating all our healthcare workers who are in Phase 1. We expect to be completed with Phase 1 and ready to move to Phase 2 by the end of January dependent on vaccine availability.
Phase 2 groups include:
- Persons aged 65 and over
- Persons (employees and residents) in congregate settings, such as:
- Homeless shelters/homeless housing settings.
- Congregate childcare institutions, adult and child protective services.
- Emergency shelters or safe houses for victims of domestic violence.
- Corrections facilities, including jails and juvenile justice facilities.
- Behavioral Health institutions (including mental health institutions) and residential treatment centers.
- Adult care homes, those in home plus facilities not covered in phase 1.
- Senior living homes.
- Personal care aides.
- High-contact critical workers, such as:
- First responders, correction officers.
- Grocery store workers and food services.
- K-12 and childcare workers.
- Food processing.
- Large-scale aviation manufacturing plants.
- Transportation workers.
- Workers in the following industries, if they regularly need to be in high-risk settings to perform their duties:
- Retail, warehouses and sales outlets.
- Supply of critical services or materials for the COVID-19 response.
- The U.S. Postal Service.
- Department of Motor Vehicles.
- All unvaccinated persons prioritized in previous phases.
For more information about the vaccine in Johnson County, visit the Johnson County website.
The state of Kansas has partnered with GoGetTested.com to bring fast, easy, accurate COVID-19 testing to all Kansans. Miami County has been selected for a site and testing will be taking place at the Paola Adult Education Center, 1710 Industrial Road, Paola, beginning 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Appointments are preferred but are not required. All tests are free and no insurance is required. Free saliva PCR testing will be available for adults and children – no symptoms required. No official ID is required. Only name, phone number or email are needed (in case someone is positive). Authorization and consent forms will need to be signed. Sign up for testing online!
This testing is being offered in collaboration with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Miami County Emergency Management and Miami County Health Department. The COVID-19 Unified Testing Strategy for Kansas is designed to increase testing in Kansas as well as to coordinate the public and private sector testing. The overall goal is to double the amount of testing by the end of 2020. Learn more by reading the Kansas Unified Testing Strategy and reviewing the presentation slides.
The City is not accepting facility reservations at the Spring Hill Civic Center or Spring Hill Community Center at this time. All those who reserved space through Jan. 31, 2021, have been notified and canceled.
Meetings of the Governing Body, Planning Commission, Parks Advisory Board and Cemetery Board will continue to be held in-person. However, Council and Board members along with staff will be seated to comply with social distancing recommendations. Seating for public attendees in the meeting rooms will be arranged to comply with social distancing. Masks are required to be worn by all. Recent directives by Johnson County limit public gatherings to no more than 50 or 50% of the room occupancy. It is possible that seating of Board members and staff in the Council Chambers may limit public attendance to less than the limits established by Johnson County. Please visit our YouTube channel to view live meetings of the City Council and Planning Commission.
Johnson County face mask requirement
NOW IN EFFECT FOR ENTIRETY OF SPRING HILL CITY LIMITS
The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted to support Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s executive order requiring masks to be worn in public spaces. Kansas Governor Executive Order #20-52 also requires masks outdoors when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. There are a number of exemptions. Children 5 and younger will not be required to wear masks when the order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m., on Friday, July 3. Those with medical conditions that prevent mask use will also be allowed an exemption. Businesses open to the public are required to comply with the order.
The entirety of the Spring Hill city limits, in both Johnson and Miami counties, is affected by this requirement according to our City Emergency Operations Plan. You can download a graphic here.
If you plan to visit a City facility, you will need a face mask to enter.. You can also do business with us online, by phone or email.
The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at (913) 715-5000.
- Johnson County Community COVID-19 hotline
- (913) 715-CV19 (2819)
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Questions related to COVID-19
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment hotline
Johnson County has created a dashboard that allows the public to see the areas of the county (including the entirety of Spring Hill) that have been impacted by COVID-19. The data is broken down by demographics, including hot spots within the county.