Johnson, Wyandotte counties declare State of Emergency in response to coronavirus

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Both Wyandotte and Johnson counties are responding to the novel coronavirus pandemic by declaring a state of emergency.

Both counties made the announcement Friday.

While each county will be allowed to access additional resources to fight the pandemic, only Johnson County is limiting large gatherings.

In Johnson County, gatherings of 250 people or more are banned, with the exception of governmental and judicial functions, health care facilities, private business operations, religious services, weddings and funerals.

Although the declaration in Wyandotte County did not announce plans to ban large gatherings, people are encouraging to use social distancing measures and avoid large crowds.

“One example of social distancing is using online services to take care of tasks such as paying your bills or online banking,” said Ms. Terrie Garrison, interim director of the Public Health Department serving Wyandotte County.

“For example, the Unified Government offers residents a number of ways to conduct normal daily tasks with us, without having to come into City Hall. We encourage our residents to take advantage of these online services and remain at home.”

Residents in both counties are encouraged to do government business online, to the extent possible.

You can find find more information on the Unified Government’s declaration here.

You can find more information on Johnson County’s declaration here.

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