Johnson County health experts worry this fall could pose ‘greater risk’ than last year with COVID-19 cases still high

Prairie Village mask mandate

Health officials still recommend people wear masks in most indoor public settings and even consider masking up in crowded outdoor events if you're around people who may not be vaccinated against COVID-19. Case rates that spiked with this summer's surge of the Delta variant in Johnson County have leveled off, but health experts warn the coming fall season could prompt a new uptick in spread. File photo.

COVID-19 data shows that new cases of the disease in Johnson County continue to decline after hitting a renewed peak in late August caused by the contagious Delta variant.

But with fall— and traditional cold and flu season — right around the corner and colder weather accompanying that, local health officials warn that the ebb in positive cases might be short-lived.