Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
April 7 update
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is asking all Johnson County residents to complete a short survey in order to understand how many people in Johnson County have or do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). The survey is available April 7 through April 10 at 10 a.m. This short survey asks about your symptoms or lack of symptoms, demographic and contact information. The survey should be completed for every member of the household. The information is confidential and will only be used by JCDHE to determine how COVID-19 is spreading in the community. You will be asked to do this same survey several more times in the next few weeks in order to compare results.
April 6 update
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out an extensive list of new COVID-19 guidance and resources as well as updated other guidance. Check out the links below from the CDC:
New COVID-19 Guidance and Resources
- New Guidance for the Identification of Healthcare Workers and Inpatients with Suspected COVID-19 in non-US Healthcare Settings
- New COVID-19 PSA webpage
- New Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators using Contingency and Crisis Capacity Strategies
- New Coronavirus and Travel in the United States
- New Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
- New Supplemental Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open
- New Screening clients for respiratory infection symptoms at entry to homeless shelters
- New FAQs for administrators, staff, people who are incarcerated, families
- New Discontinuation of Home Isolation for Persons with COVID-19 (Interim Guidance) Includes strategy to discontinue home isolation without testing
- New Public Health Recommendations for People in U.S. Communities Exposed to a Person with Known or Suspected COVID-19, other than Health Workers or other Critical Infrastructure Workers
- New Phone Advice Line Guidelines for Children (2-17 years) or Adults (≥ 18 years) with Possible COVID-19
Updated COVID-19 Guidance
- Updated Guidance Documents
- Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control FAQs for COVID-19
- Updated How Coronavirus Spreads
- Updated Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE
- Updated Prevent Getting Sick
- Updated Groups at Higher Risk for Severe Illness
- Updated Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
- Updated Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home
- Updated Alternate Care Sites and Isolation Sites
A letter from Mayor Steven Ellis
We continue to evaluate the rapidly changing landscape of COVID-19 and implement strategies to minimize the risk of spreading the disease. In order to implement some of these changes it was necessary to declare a State of Emergency within the City even though Johnson and Miami Counties have also declared emergencies. I have signed that declaration today and write to you now to outline our current efforts to protect residents, city staff, and visitors to our community. The action taken today is supplemental to the recent actions taken by Johnson and Miami Counties, meaning that the orders contained in those declarations remain in full force and effect.
The following actions are being undertaken:
City Facilities Closed to the Public
Effective at 5 p.m. today, March 19, 2020, all city facilities are closed to the public. City staff will still be working and be available by telephone. Please contact City Hall staff at (913) 592-3664, Public Works Staff at (913) 592-3317 or for after-hours utility emergencies at (913) 247-3521, and the Police Department’s non-emergency number at (913) 782-0720 (all emergency calls should be made by dialing 911).
City parks remain open! However, playground equipment is fenced off and closed to the public. We encourage you to utilize our six parks in other creative ways such as kite flying, dog walking or running!
While it is too early to know what impact the current situation will have on Aquatic Center operations, we understand that families may be reluctant to purchase annual passes. We are extending the discount period for annual passes to May 31, 2020, by which point we should have a clearer understanding of what the season may look like. We continue to schedule telephone interviews with applicants interested in working at the Aquatic Center in an effort to have adequate staffing levels for opening day. We will keep you updated on Aquatic Center operations, including passes and swim lessons, as we learn more.
Local Business Impacts
With the closure of bars and restaurants by order of Johnson and Miami Counties, we remind you that many of our local providers are open for carryout. We encourage you to solicit these businesses as you are able in an effort to support these businesses and their employees. Other businesses may be affected as well – please shop local whenever possible.
School Breakfast and Lunch
We are working with USD 230 as well as State and Federal officials to be able to serve as a “grab-and-go” meal station at City facilities in addition to School District locations.
Watch for emails from the school district regarding meal availability and know that your Schools and City are working together to make sure meals are available for our community’s youth.
City Council Meetings
Presently, the Governing Body will continue to meet as scheduled Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7 p.m. Items that are not urgent have been moved to future agendas to ensure adequate time to address ongoing business needs while also minimizing the amount of time in the meeting.
We are working on how best to ensure public access while minimizing the risk of potential exposure. More information will follow.
We are waiving late fees and utility shut-offs for at least the next 30 days for those families experiencing financial issues. Your word that you need help is enough to receive this benefit – if we do not receive your payment, we will assume that you need help and are happy to work with you.
As a necessary measure to protect the health and safety of court users and staff, the Spring Hill Municipal Court dates of April 7 and April 21 have been rescheduled as follows:
- Tuesday, April 7 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 5 at 8:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, April 21 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 19 at 8:30 a.m.
Payments for matters that do not require a court appearance can be made:
- by phone at (913) 592-3664
- at a dropbox that is available outside of City Hall (in the west parking lot off Jefferson Street)
- by mail to Spring Hill Municipal Court, P.O. Box 424, Spring Hill, KS 66083
Please contact the Court Clerk if the address on your ticket is not your current address or if you would like to provide us with your phone number. Please be advised, although our office remains closed to the public, staff is available by phone, (913) 592-3624, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce has put together an online resource guide for residents and businesses. It includes a variety of resources including a page to connect parents to child-care providers, the latest information on COVID-19, resources for workers telecommuting for the first time, and so much more.
We will continue to provide as much information, as well as resources, on our social media platforms and the City’s website.
We keep hearing about how these are extraordinary times and I could not agree more. It is in extraordinary times that the ordinary becomes essential … so please, let’s continue to check on our elderly friends and neighbors, those in our community who may have mobility issues, or those for whom food insecurity is daily reality. There are families throughout Spring Hill that have begun working to provide necessities to those in need so be encouraged to reach out if you are in need, be encouraged to help out if you are not.
Stay tuned to the City’s social media outlets and website for additional information. Sign up for text alerts through our website. If you know of families without access to these resources, please share the information with them as you can.
We are joining the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce and USD 230 in the #TogetherSpringHill campaign. YOU are the reason that Spring Hill is the community of choice for so many new residents.
I wish each and every one of you good health – we will weather the issues ahead of us like we always have … together.
Steven M. Ellis
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)
- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
- School nurses are now staffing this hotline
- Questions related to COVID-19
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment hotline
- 1 (866) 534-3463
- 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
- 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
- The State of Kansas has established guidelines for determining which businesses provide functions considered “essential." This determination is based upon the Kansas Essential Functions Framework (KEFF).
- Click here to submit an “Essential Functions” inquiry. Please only submit one inquiry per business. Please do not call to check on the status of your request as we are experiencing high call demand. You will be contacted via email once your request has been reviewed.
- Email KEFF@ks.gov to determine whether your business’ functions are deemed essential.