Johnson County again at ‘high’ risk from COVID-19 — Here is the latest health data

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For the first time since February, Johnson County last week entered the "high-risk" community level for COVID-19, according to the CDC. Above, a health care worker conducts a drive-thru COVID-19 test earlier this year in Johnson County. File photo credit Leah Wankum

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.

Why it matters: Johnson County entered the medium-risk level in early July, and by July 14 had been upped to the high-risk level, per the county-by-county CDC’s COVID-19 tracker.

  • 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%.