JCDHE Director optimistic in the midst of COVID-19
JCDHE Director optimistic in the midst of COVID-19

JCDHE Director optimistic in the midst of COVID-19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Even with a small bump in COVID-19 cases, the director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment says that “things look really good.”

Dr. Sanmi Areola made the statement Thursday in a video message on the county’s website.

Despite the increase in cases, says Dr. Areola that the department does not see corresponding increases in measurements for admissions.

Dr. Areola said the bulge in the case was not unexpected because most of the remedial measures have been removed and the subvariant of omicron, BA.2, is hitting other parts of the world. These areas include Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom and other parts of the county.

For those with an increased risk of serious illness, says Dr. Areola that the key is to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations.

“The vaccines are great for preventing serious consequences,” Areola stated in the video.

The percentage of people five years and older in Johnson County who are at least partially vaccinated is 77.9%, according to the county’s website. Just over 68% of people aged five years and older are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccinations are only available from the health department during opening hours, from 1pm to 6.30pm at the Northeast Office COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at 6000 Lamar Ave. and Mission.

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