Johnson County downgrades its COVID-19 risk from ‘high’ to ‘substantial’ — here’s why

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has lowered the county's COVID-19 "community risk" level from "high" to "substantial." Two key metrics — incidence rate and percent positivity — are at their lowest points in Johnson County since late July, when a summer surge driven by the Delta variant was just beginning to peak. Above, a scene in a local bookstore. File image.

The “community risk” metric used to classify the current level of COVID-19 spread in Johnson County has been downgraded from “High” to “Substantial,” according to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.

The change is reflected currently on JCDHE’s online COVID-19 dashboard and comes as new cases of the disease in the county continue their steady decline over the past month.