“With these circulating in Johnson County, people who are not vaccinated and people who are gathering without using those precautions, we keep talking about — masking and physical distancing — are at increased risk of contracting one of those variant cases and can then transmit on to additional people and that’s how these take hold in communities,” Elizabeth Holzschuh said. Health officials are strongly recommending people continue wearing them in public. The county’s director of epidemiology is concerned about COVID-19 variants. With farmers markets and other events coming back, the health director said that until there is community immunity, with crowds comes the risk of spreading the virus.
They also issued strong recommendations for people to continue safety precautions against COVID-19. County leaders allowed the public health order to expire Saturday.
From retail stores to restaurants, masks are still required to enter many businesses at Town Center in Leawood, even after the mask mandate expired over the weekend. In Johnson County, Kansas, businesses are entering a new workweek without a mask mandate in effect.
Source “We have done well. Let’s not lose the gains we have made. Let’s do the right thing,” Areola said.
And until more people are vaccinated, safety precautions are key to moving forward. “Even in an outdoor environment at a concert, in a large crowd, you need to wear a mask,” said Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.
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