For the first time since the winter, Johnson County is once again at “high” risk of community levels for COVID-19, according to the CDC.
- Sanmi Areola, director of Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, told the Post via email that this is the first time since late February that thresholds for hospitalization indicators were in the “high” category.
- Other surrounding communities, including Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Douglas counties in Kansas and Jackson County, Missouri, are also in the “high” risk category now, according to the CDC COVID-19 tracker.
- Areola told the Post via email that “JCDHE communicates often with others in the region” regarding COVID-19.
Latest numbers: The county’s incidence rate, per JCDHE’s COVID-19 dashboard, as of July 15 is 243 new cases per 100,000 persons in the past seven days — up from 209 new cases as of July 12. The percent positivity rate as of July 18 is 28.2%.