Johnson County Community Health Services wants you to help stop the spread of COVID-19 if you test positive, or are a close contact of someone who tests positive for the coronavirus.

For the eight months the coronavirus pandemic has been impacting Johnson County, JCCHS has been working hard conducting contact tracing when someone tests positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately with coronavirus case numbers rising. JCCHS does not have the staff to contact positive COVID-19 patients and conduct contact tracing within 24 hours of receiving the test results.

They are asking people who receive a positive test result to take immediate action to slow the spread of the virus among family members, friends, and coworkers by notifying your close contacts of a potential exposure.

Whose considered a close contact? Anyone who was within six feet of you for 15 minutes or more with or without a face covering, 48 hours before symptoms appear, or if no symptoms are present 48 hours before the test date.

If you test positive for COVID-19 you should isolate yourself for ten days. This includes limiting action with others in your household. Additionally your close contacts should quarantine themselves for fourteen days. More information on self isolating, quarantining and contacting your close contacts can be found on the Johnson County Community Health Services website here.

JCCHS says they have seen COVID-19 clusters related to large gatherings, school activities, and household exposure to a positive case. Additionally they continue to see more interaction at social gatherings where physical distancing can not be maintained.

JCCHS is strongly recommending that everyone take measures to reduce the spread of the virus including:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Adhere to all social distancing recommendations and do not be within six (6) feet of others outside of your household for more than fifteen (15) minutes.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating. If not available, use hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wear a face covering when in public.

The latest information on COVID-19 in Johnson County can be found on the Johnson County Community Health Services website here.