Johnson County calls special meeting to discuss COVID-19

Posted at 5:05 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 19:44:21-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners has called a special meeting Friday to address the recent wave of new COVID-19 cases.

The county has added thousands of new COVID-19 cases in November as its 14-day positivity rate has spiked to 14.7%, the highest percentage rate at any point in the pandemic.

Board chairman Ed Eilert and commissioners will meet at 1 p.m. to receive updates from health officials at the Johnson County, Kansas, Department of Health and Environment, area school districts and hospitals.

County residents are under a mask mandate that’s set to expire on Nov. 15.

Earlier this week, officials in Kansas’ second-largest county implemented a new wave of restrictions following thousands of new cases reported this month.

The Wichita School District scrapped plans that would have brought middle and high school students back to in-person classes.