Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Johnson County has an allocation of approximately $30 million in COVID Relief Funds to invest into our community. These funds are part of a larger federal distribution to the county, and make up Phase II of their CARES Act funding program. We have identified six key areas where we want to make a difference:
- Mental Health
- Small business assistance
- Workforce development
- Digital access
To optimize these dollars in our community, we want to understand how COVID-19 has impacted our residents, businesses and organizations. We have partnered with the University of Kansas and All in for Kansas Kids to gather stories from every corner of our county through a simple online survey that can be accessed here:
Through the survey, you’ll be asked to share a story of how you are coping, or with what you have been struggling, during this pandemic.
The deadline for the survey is Aug. 21. The timeframe is short because funds must be expended by Dec. 30. These stories will make up one step of a process that will culminate in the development of several proposals to be considered by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.
The State of Kansas has released a supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Johnson County for distribution to businesses for use by their employees.
Johnson County has expanded the list of eligible groups to now include all businesses and organizations. Items available include:
- Disposable masks
- Face shields
- Cloth reusable (washable) gowns
- One-time use semi-impermeable gowns
There is no cost to receive the PPE. For more information or to request items, visit jocogov.org/ppe
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 order according to our City Emergency Operations Plan. You can download a graphic here.
Our planned opening at Veterans Park on July 4 is still a go! Social distancing will be in effect at this event. Since it is an outdoor event where distancing can be achieved, face masks are strongly encouraged but not required. We will have a limited supply of masks on hand as well as sanitizer.
If you plan to visit a City facility, you will need a face mask to enter beginning Monday, July 6. You can also do business with us online, by phone or email.
Governor Laura Kelly today announced that she will sign an Executive Order requiring that most Kansans in a public space must wear a mask, beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3.
“This is a simple, proactive step we can take to keep Kansans at work, get our kids back to school, and keep ourselves and our neighbors healthy,” Governor Kelly said. “Wearing a mask is not only safe – but it is necessary to avoid another shut down.
“Remember – my mask protects you, and your mask protects me,” Governor Kelly said. “We’re all in this together.”
Under the order, most Kansans must wear masks in stores and shops, restaurants, and in any situation in which social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained, including outside. The EO will be released on Thursday, and will provide specific guidance regarding under what circumstances masks must be worn.
“I know Kansans will have many questions about this order – and we will answer them when it is released later this week,” Governor Kelly said. “But by announcing the requirement today, people in our state will have the appropriate time to acquire the masks.”
The Kansas Attorney General’s Office will work closely with officials in Governor Kelly’s administration to ensure that the order complies with Kansas law.
For more information on COVID-19 health guidance, please visit www.covid.ks.gov.
Effective immediately, City facilities will revert back to Phase 3 of the State’s Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas. This means Open Gym and our Walking Program are canceled until further notice as well as in-person meetings limited to 45 individuals. Face masks are strongly encouraged when visiting each facility.
Other restrictions include:
- Building and room reservations accepted for groups less than 45
- Council and Board meetings resume in Council Chambers with occupancy limited to 45
- Civic Center courtyard designated as entrance only. All other Civic Center exterior doors are exit only.
New procedures for meetings and activities at the Civic Center following CDC guidelines:
(for guests visiting our facilities for longer than 10 minutes)
- Guests should plan and come prepared for your activity or meeting to limit time needed in the facility.
- Meetings and/or activities are limited to those participating.
- All guest must be able to fit in your designated meetings room. Cannot overflow into the hallway.
- Guests should socialize or wait outside of the facility where social distancing can be achieved.
- Sanitize your hands upon arriving and before leaving our facilities.
- Guests will be asked to sign-in.
- You are required to wear a face covering over your nose and mouth.
- Please stay home if you are sick.
- Be patient, flexible and kind.
- Social distancing is highly encouraged throughout the facilities.
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.