JOHNSON COUNTY, MO (April 24, 2020) – The Johnson County Public Health Officer, along with the Johnson County Community Health Services (JCCHS) Board, have extended the stay-at-home public health emergency order through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, following recommendations presented at their regularly scheduled board meeting on April 23.
The original stay-at-home order was enacted on April 1, 2020 and was scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m. on April 30. Extending the County’s order will allow Johnson County to align itself with the state-wide order extension enacted by Governor Mike Parson.
Although the Stay-At-Home order will be lifted on May 3, restrictions and guidelines for Johnson County residents will continue as communities begin the re-opening phase(s). The Re-entry Task Force, which includes JCCHS, JCAD, EMA, WAFB, WFD, UCM, Chamber of Commerce, and WMMC, is working to develop the process for re-opening our communities safely, making necessary adjustments to protect the health and wellness of our communities.
“Our communities across Johnson County have been doing a wonderful job of following the current stay-at-home order. We have seen the benefits in the numbers being reported, which has allowed us to begin to look at our process for reopening,” said Mary Thaut, JCCHS administrator. “Lifting this order will allow Johnson County to slowly recover from the effects of COVID-19. However, this does not eliminate the need to continue safety precautions. There are still strict limitations that must be followed to sustain a reduction of positive cases. If we move too quickly and are too aggressive, we could easily see the virus spread quickly and our numbers spike. We are urging everyone to continue doing their part to ensure a safe environment for our families, friends and our communities.”
Older adults and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions are encouraged to continue staying home for longer periods, even during the re-opening of communities to protect themselves.
If you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your healthcare provider to let them know before seeking care. It is critical that your provider is aware that you may have COVID-19 prior to your arrival at a healthcare facility, and that you follow all instructions when you arrive.
For more information specific to Johnson County’s reopening steps, please visit our website at www.Johnsoncountyhealth.org. For more information about COVID-19, call the State of Missouri Hotline at 1-877-435-8411.