Johnson County now has 10 confirmed COVID-19 patients

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Posted at 10:06 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 11:18:38-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two more individuals in Johnson County have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to information from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, there are now 10 people with confirmed COVID-19 in the county as of 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

Johnson County is under a state of emergency and has undertaken extreme measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, which has become a global pandemic.

Along with the rest of the Core 4 partners — Jackson County, Missouri; the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas; and Kansas City, Missouri — restaurants, bars, taverns, clubs and movie theaters are closed for the next 15 days except for delivery, pick-up and drive-through service.

The Core 4 will revisit these guidelines, which also include a ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people, by April 1.

There are certain exceptions for work, daycare, private business, government buildings and courthouses as well as hospitals and some churches.

Schools in the Kansas City area also are closed until Monday, April 6, and many churches also have canceled in-person worship services.

The KDHE recommends a self-quarantine for the following:

  • Anyone who visited California, New York or Washington state on or after March 15
  • Anyone who visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties in Colorado within the past week
  • Anyone who traveled on a cruise ship on or after March 15
  • Anyone who traveled internationally on or after March 15
  • Anyone who has been told previously to quarantine for possible cruise ship or international exposure
  • Anyone who has received a notice from any health official about close contact with a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19

Click here for updated case counts in Kansas, Missouri and nationwide.