November 23, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly requested an extension of federal authority allowing the use of the Kansas National Guard in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.
November 20, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly, with unanimous support from the State Finance Council, approved $38.5 Million CARES Act funds to be available for small businesses and to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Johnson County has launched a new online resource to provide more information about COVID-19 tests. The resource can be found here.
Johnson County has announced a series of community testing events. Information about the events can be found here.
November 19, 2020 - The Board of County Commissioners approved enforcement measures for the public health order that went into effect on November 16, 2020.
November 18, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order #20-68, announcing and establishing new steps to stop the spread of COVID-19. More information can be found here.
November 17, 2020 - Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided an update to the Board of County Commissioners regarding COVID-19. Highlights of the update can be found here.
The Johnson County Museum was recognized for its service during the pandemic with an Award of Excellent by the Kansas Museum Association.
November 16, 2020 - The COVID-19 emergency order is now in effect for Johnson County. More information regarding the emergency order can be found here.
The Johnson County Mental Health Center has launched additional supports for county residents who are members of groups who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
Johnson County Motor Vehicle offices will reopen to the public on Mondays. Additional information can be found here.
November 15, 2020 - A Board of Public Health order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Johnson County goes into effect at 12:01 a.m., on Monday November 16. The full order can be found here. You can also watch the Board of County Commissioners meetings and read the County's FAQ here.
November 14, 2020 - The State Finance Council approved an Emergency Declaration Order. Additionally, the mask order for Johnson County will continue. More information can be found here.
November 13, 2020 - The State Finance Council will meet today to discuss to an Emergency Declaration Order.
November 12, 2020 - Governor Laura announced contracts to support COVID-19 Unified Testing Strategy.
November 11, 2020 - Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided an updated to the Board of County Commissioners. Highlights of the briefing can be found here.
November 6, 2020 - There are new scheduled testing events. Additional information regarding times and places can be found here.
November 5, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly announced an estimated $3.5 million in grants to assist Kansas childcare programs.
Questions about Johnson County schools moving to the Red Zone? Please review this FAQ document.
November 3, 2020 - Johnson County schools move to the Red Zone, meaning they are experiencing high levels of spread.
Johnson County issued a press release regarding the high number of COVID-19 cases in Johnson County.
October 30, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly announced the launch of an online investment dashboard to show how the $1.034 billion in Coronavirus Relief Funds are being spent in Kansas. The new dashboard can be found here.
October 29, 2020 - The State Finance Council approved up to $65 million for increased COVID-19 testing and small business grants.
Additionally, Governor Laura Kelly announced that the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, in collaboration with the Kansas Department for Children and Families, is making visible personal protective equipment available to deaf and hard of hearing individuals, their family members, and/or their personal caretakers. Anyone interested in requesting visible personal protective equipment can fill out the online request form here.
There will be a COVID-19 community testing and food distribution event on Saturday October 31, 2020. More information can be found here.
October 28, 2020 - Johnson County's Veterans Day observance will take place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
October 27, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly announced some tips for a safe Halloween.
October 26, 2020 - There will be an expanded COVID-19 testing event on Thursday October 29, 2020. Information can be found here.
October 19, 2020 - The Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund announced that it will award funds to partnerships that support eviction prevention efforts.
There will be an expanded COVID-19 testing event on Saturday October 24, 2020. Additional information can be found here.
October 16, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly's mask order remains in effect in Johnson County.
October 13, 2020 - The Kansas Department of Aging and Disability launched an online portal for adult care homes to order Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Additional information can be found here.
Additionally, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is partnering with local organizations and the Mid-America Regional Council to expand COVID-19 testing. More information can be found here.
October 9, 2020 - The Johnson County Election Office received a grant totaling over $850,000 to help meet the challenges of administering an election during the COVID-19 pandemic.
October 7, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly's State of Disaster Declaration was extended. The State Finance Council approved the extension which is now set to expire on November 15.
October 6, 2020 - Johnson County announced they will make available more than $35 Million in COVID-19 relief funds to re-invest in the community.
October 5, 2020 - Johnson County has launched a new COVID-19 Dashboard. Information about the update can be found here. The new Dashboard from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment can be found here.
October 2, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly and the Internal Revenue Service urge Kansas non-filers to claim Economic Impact Payment under the CARES Act. More information can be found here.
October 1, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly announced $40 million in grant funding to support remote learning program.
September 30, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly announced that Kansas is beginning to process the payments for the Lost Wages Assistance program.
September 28, 2020 - CARES Act funding is being made available for Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department school-age remote learning and child care. More information can be found here. Eligibility criteria can be found here.
September 24, 2020 - There will be new ballot boxes to be installed throughout Johnson County. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been large increases in voting by mail. Locations of the new ballot box locations can be found here.
September 23, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly signed an Executive Order to extend driver's licenses.
September 17, 2020 - The Kansas State Finance Council approved $290 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds for child supervision, public health, and other essential services.
September 15, 2020 - Governor Kelly signed Executive Order #20-65 allowing continued delivery of COVID-19 recovery supplies.
September 14, 2020 - Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices in Olathe and Mission will be closed on Mondays effective today. The Offices were be closed on Mondays to process a backlog of various applications.
September 11, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order #20-64 which will re-issue and extend various previous Executive Orders that were due to expire. The extensions allow Kansas to continue fighting COVID-19. Information about what was re-issued and extended can be found here.
September 9, 2020 - Governor Kelly announced a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) program for Kansas Businesses. The stopgap program provides equipment to business who are experiencing delays in purchased equipment.
September 3, 2020 - The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment announced that within the next few weeks it will provide thousands of saliva tests for Johnson County K-12 schools. This is part of a strategy to contain and stop COVID-19.
August 31, 2020 - The deadline for Johnson County businesses and organizations to request Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) made available by the State of Kansas. Requests for a 90-day supply of PPE (disposable masks, face shields, clothe reusable/washable gowns) need to be made by Friday September 4, 2020. For more information and how to request PPE can be found here.
August 28, 2020 - The Shawnee Mission School District announced that it is purchasing 500 WIFI hot-spots to help students and families connect to the internet and learn remotely.
Five Johnson County Parks and Recreation District facilities will be hosting JCPRD Learning Hubs to provide in-person places for students in grades one through eight to safely learn and enrichment experiences as school reopening plans continue to fluctuate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be found here.
August 27, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly announced the administration's intent to apply for FEMA unemployment funds. Additionally, the Governor announced a state agency collaboration to create an essential worker health care fund.
In an ongoing effort to help businesses remain safe, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has released new restaurant guidance. Information concerning the guidance can be found here.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment amended their travel advisory. Those who have traveled to Aruba on or after August 27, 2020 must quarantine for 14 days.
August 21, 2020 - Johnson County released guidance for alternative and remote locations offering academic services. More information can be found here.
August 20, 2020 - The Mission DMV office will close for the remainder of the week following a suspected COVID-19 case. The location, at 6507 Johnson Drive, will reopen starting next week.
August 19, 2020 - Applications for the $130 million in grants to support businesses open at noon on Wednesday August 19, 2020. The application portal can be found here. Grants are made in a variety of categories. The list of categories can be found here.
August 18, 2020 - Shawnee Mission School District announced that they will be starting the school year with all students learning remotely. Furthermore, all extracurricular activities and sports will be suspended starting August 21, 2020.
August 17, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly announced an Executive Order temporarily prohibiting evictions and foreclosures, and extending motor carrier relief.
August 13, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly announced that a second round of CARES Act funding worth $130 million would be available to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be found here.
August 12, 2020 - Johnson County Department Health and Environment released COVID-19 guidance for employers.
August 4, 2020 - Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director provided updates to the Board of County Commissioners about actions being taken to curb the spread of COVID-19. Information about the update can be found here.
August 1, 2020 - Johnson County released new guidance for managing COVID-19 risks in the workplace and childcare centers.
July 29, 2020 - Governor Kelly signed an Executive Order allowing all drivers under the age of 65 to use the online driver's license renewal system. The lifting of the age restriction ends on December 31, 2020, or until the end of the State of Disaster Emergency, whichever is earlier.
July 28, 2020 - Free masks are now available to all Roeland Park Residents,Customers and Businesses. The City recently purchased 10,000 masks for distribution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read the press release.
July 27, 2020 - The Shawnee Mission School District formally affirmed their reopening plan. The opening plan provides two learning options from which students and their parents may choose. The School District also released their updated calendar, including student start dates. The updated calendar may be found here.
July 22, 2020 - The Kansas Board of Education rejected Governor Kelly's order to delay the start date of the upcoming school year. Start date decisions will now be made by individual school districts. Masks will still need to be worn by students and teachers when the school year does start.
Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent Mike Fulton shared that the school start date will be sometime after Labor Day. Official changes to the calendar include the actual start date will be shared at a later time.
July 20, 2020 - Governor Kelly signed two Executive Orders. The first, which requires approval from the Board of Education, seeks to delay the start of the school year. The second, which does not need approval, requires that masks be worn by students and teachers when schools do reopen.
July 13, 2020 - Johnson County released additional resources to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
July 10, 2020 - Appointment-based COVID-19 testing available for those with or without symptoms. Location, times, and appointment information can be found here. Additionally, the Board of County Commissioners met to discuss COVID-19 and next step. Related information can be found here.
July 8, 2020 - Governor Kelly signed two Executive Orders extending the drivers license expiration dates and amends certain regulations on adult care homes.
July 6, 2020 - For county-level updates and information, please visit the Johnson County COVID-19 page. If you are seeking enforcement of the Governor’s Mask Order, please call the District Attorney’s Consumer Fraud Hotline (913) 715-3003.
June 26, 2020 - Governor Kelly announces additional benefits within the Hero Relief Program, and deploys Mobile Testing Unit for under-served populations. In addition, Johnson County expands drive-thru appointment-based testing for children over 12 and expands hours starting June 29th.
June 17, 2020 - Governor Kelly signed an Executive Order allowing all drivers under the age of 65 to use the online driver’s license renewal system. The lifting of the age restrictions ends on July 31st, 2020, or until the end of the State of Disaster Emergency, whichever is earlier.
June 15, 2020 - Johnson County Library reopens with modified hours. For additional information, please visit the Library’s page.
June 9, 2020 - Governor Kelly signs bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill. The press release may be found here.
June 8, 2020 - Governor Kelly’s Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Task Force met for the first time to create framework to distribute CARES Act funding. She also recommended moving into Phase 3 of "Ad Astra" Plan.
June 5, 2020 - Johnson County provides additional guidance to businesses and residents about reopening.
May 26, 2020 - Governor Kelly signs Declaration of Disaster, allowing her to use the National Guard to provide food and other resources.
May 22, 2020 - Johnson County Library begins phased reopening, while Johnson County Parks and Recreation updated its reopening plan. Johnson County Motor Vehicle created a new online payment portal for expired tags. The payment portal may be found here.
May 8, 2020 - The City of Roeland Park Announces Phased Reopening Plan, Follows Reopen Kansas Plan
In coordination with the scheduled lift of the Johnson County Stay-at-Home Order set to expire on May 10 at 11:59 p.m as well as the Reopen Kansas Plan, the City of Roeland Park has created a phased plan to safely reopen City Hall offices, municipal facilities and services. The City of Roeland Park encourages businesses to review the Reopen Kansas Plan, the Reopen Kansas Plan FAQ and an outline of the Reopen Kansas Plan phased approach which will inform how/when businesses can reopen.
“Although Roeland Park has created its reopening plan, the dates for implementing each phase remain fluid,” said Mayor Mike Kelly. “Governor Kelly will determine when it is safe to move to the next phase using the criteria and data outlined in the Reopen Kansas report. We will follow her guidance. While we all want to get back to normal, we realize the virus is still active. We urge residents to practice social-distancing, wash their hands, and wear masks in order to continue to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Each phase has a minimum time outlined before the next phase begins. According to the governor’s plan, the capability of ongoing testing, tracing, and disease investigation will play an important role in the decision-making process.
Phase one will begin on Monday, May 11, 2020 in the City. Essential businesses will remain open and select non-essential businesses will be permitted to reopen following all guidelines in the Reopen Kansas Plan. Business guidelines can be reviewed here. In addition, City Hall and other City facilities will remain closed to the public, but City staff will return to work at City facilities following social-distancing and safety protocols.
Roeland Park has created a document to inform the community on when they can expect City buildings, playgrounds, municipal court, the Community Center and more to reopen. Detailed plans on the reopening of the City and parks and recreation facilities can be viewed here.
“City staff will continue to ensure all City business and services are managed as we work through the phased reopening plan,” said City Administrator, Keith Moody. “As we reopen City Hall and resume in-person City services, the community can expect social-distancing will be implemented. As we have more plans on what the public can expect, we will be sure to share protocol information.”
More details are available on Johnson County’s coronavirus page at www.jocogov.org/coronavirus and the governor’s plan page at www.covid.ks.gov. If you have further questions, please call Roeland Park City Hall at 913-722-2600. The City will keep the community updated as new information becomes available. You can also follow the City on social media and sign up for email alerts for the most up-to-date information.
May 1, 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Stay at Home Order Extended through May 10th for Johnson County per the Board of County Commissioners. Johnson County decides to adopt the State of Kansas plan for re-opening businesses. Read the press release from the County.
April 16, 2020 - The Board of County Commissioners met to discuss a possible extension of the Stay-At-Home order beyond the May 3rd date set by the Governor. They intend to study the issue and make an announcement prior to that date.
April 15, 2020 - Governor Kelly extends her executive order to Stay-At-Home until May 3rd. Read more in the Shawnee Mission Post.
April 12, 2020 - The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that Governor Kelly’s Executive Order 20-18 pertaining to mass gatherings of more than 10 people stands.
The Governor’s order includes limits on funerals and religious gatherings, bringing the state in line with Johnson County’s order on this issue. Read this guidance from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment on mass gatherings including religious activities.
April 10, 2020 - A message from Police Chief John Morris.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been fielding phone calls and messages from citizens who are concerned about social-distancing best practices not being followed in our community. The law enforcement agencies in Johnson County have adopted a procedure at the direction of the Johnson County District Attorney and the Johnson County District Court. The procedure entails:
▶️ Education on social-distancing best practices.
▶️ Encouragement of voluntary compliance.
We will continue to respond to calls concerning compliance with COVID-19 orders with this approach. In addition, we will update our policies and procedures if there is a change recommended from the state or the county.
We have seen some essential businesses in our community implement further social-distancing best practices like limiting foot-traffic numbers, changing store flow and closing early to allow for cleaning. This has helped greatly and we appreciate these changes. Please continue to stay home, follow social-distancing best practices and wash your hands in order to help flatten the curve of COVID-19. If you have additional questions or need to report a social-distancing complaint, please contact: COVID19@roelandpark.org.
Additional information available on the Johnson County District Attorney website: https://da.jocogov.org/
Roeland Park Declares State of Emergency
Stay at Home Order goes into effect on Tuesday, March 24 at 12:01 a.m.
ROELAND PARK, Kan. (March 23, 2020) -- Roeland Park Mayor, Mike Kelly, has issued a State of Emergency for the City of Roeland Park. This order follows City code that states in times of emergency the Mayor may impose by proclamation a declaration of emergency, and to take such actions as contemplated in Chapter 1, Article19 of the CIty Code. This State of Emergency also follows guidance from the Johnson County Health Department, Johnson County Government and the state of Kansas.
In addition to the State of Emergency and in conjunction with the CORE 4 Regional Partners, a Stay at Home Order will go into effect Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. The order will stay in effect for 30 days from the effective date, March 24, with consideration after 30 days of whether to prolong these orders beyond that date, based on public health and critical care information available at that time.
“Roeland Park is in full cooperation with the recommendations made by the public health community across metropolitan Kansas City with the proactive implementation of social distancing through the Stay at Home Order,” said Mayor Mike Kelly. “We’re asking residents to stay at home, as much as possible, in order to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.”
Actions to be implemented include, but may not be limited to:
In all areas, establishments must follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and federal, state and local public health officials for social distancing and infection control measures.
All large public gatherings of people in Roeland Park are prohibited until further notice. Large public gatherings are now defined as those with more than ten (10) people in attendance or anticipated to attend, both indoor and outdoor, except for governmental and judicial functions, healthcare facilities and private business operations.
Residents may leave their homes to carry out essential services that include: government services, infrastructure projects, child care, health care, grocery stores, pharmacies and delivery/carry-out/drive-through services from restaurants.
Roeland Park municipal buildings are closed to the general public until further notice.
All city events, meetings and workshops are canceled for the next 30 days except for City Council meetings which will be held remotely.
The city staff and police force will continue to operate.
Residents can still take care of City business remotely and by calling City Hall at 913-722-2600. Please note, the City Hall phone line will be closed from noon - 1 p.m. until further notice.
Required on-site building inspections will take place on Wednesdays during the shutdown. However, staff will continue to communicate with the contractors and get building permits reviewed and approved.
Roeland Park Aquatic Center Pool Pass sales are postponed until May 1, 2020 pending the Stay at Home Order being lifted.
City parks remain open but playgrounds are closed until further notice. Use social distancing when visiting parks and trails.
Food drives and donations are permitted as they fall into the essential grocery category. Roeland Park United Methodist Church located at 5110 Cedar Street will still collect canned goods and non-perishable food donations.
More information on the Stay at Home Order is available here. Johnson County Government has developed an FAQ to help residents understand the order and the essential services category that can be viewed here. Additional resources include a Johnson County Hotline for COVID-19 Health Questions (913-715-CV19) and a Johnson County Hotline for Essential Services Questions (913-715-5000). Both hotlines are open Monday-Friday during business hours.
If you have further questions, please call Roeland Park City Hall at 913-722-2600. The City will keep the community updated as new information becomes available. You can also follow the City on social media and sign up for email alerts for the most up-to-date information.
Amended Emergency Order of Local Health Officer
Signed Amended Local Health Officer’s Order 3-19-2020 (PDF)
- Questions or Concerns, email COVID19@roelandpark.org
- County Hotline for COVID-19 Health Questions: 913-715-CV19
- County Hotline for Essential Services Questions: 913-715-5000
- Sign up for Email Alerts or Call City Hall for Further Questions: 913-722-2600
- Businesses can get an opinion on their essential status by visiting https://governor.kansas.gov/keff/
- Updates from Johnson County
- Community Resources from Cornerstones of Care
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- Signed Amended Local Health Officer Order 3-19-2020 (PDF)
- Roeland Park Reopening Plan 7-6-20-FINAL