Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
The state of Kansas has partnered with GoGetTested.com to bring fast, easy, accurate COVID-19 testing to all Kansans. Miami County has been selected for a site and testing will be taking place at the Paola Adult Education Center, 1710 Industrial Road, Paola, beginning 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Appointments are preferred but are not required. All tests are free and no insurance is required. No official ID is required. Only name, phone number or email are needed (in case someone is positive). Authorization and consent forms will need to be signed. Sign up for testing online!
The City is not accepting facility reservations at the Spring Hill Civic Center or Spring Hill Community Center at this time. All those who reserved space through Jan. 31, 2021, have been notified and canceled.
Meetings of the Governing Body, Planning Commission, Parks Advisory Board and Cemetery Board will continue to be held in-person. However, Council and Board members along with staff will be seated to comply with social distancing recommendations. Seating for public attendees in the meeting rooms will be arranged to comply with social distancing. Masks are required to be worn by all. Recent directives by Johnson County limit public gatherings to no more than 50 or 50% of the room occupancy. It is possible that seating of Board members and staff in the Council Chambers may limit public attendance to less than the limits established by Johnson County. Please visit our YouTube channel to view live meetings of the City Council and Planning Commission.
The Miami County Commissioners have agreed to have one final round of grant applications for small businesses in Miami County. The portal will reopen by 5 p.m., Nov. 20. It will close at noon, Dec. 4.
There are three categories of grants that are available. Since these are grants, they do NOT need to be repaid. If you have already received funds from this program, you are not eligible. All other criteria remains the same.
Please make sure you submit your information into the correct portal. The categories include homebased/mobile business, nonprofit and small business.
This webpage provides you an overview of the criteria for each category. In general, these descriptions will help you determine which category might work best for you. Review each of the categories to verify exclusions.
- Homebased/Mobile Business: Homebased or mobile operation with fewer than three full-time equivalent employees.
- Nonprofits: Must be a 501c entity that primarily serves Miami County and does not have an employee.
- Small Business: Persons with a commercial storefront, even if they only employ themselves. Homebased businesses with three or more employees. Nonprofits with one or more employees.
Mask order continues in Johnson County
On Friday, Nov. 13 the Kansas State Finance Council met to consider a request of the Recovery Office to approve reallocations from the Coronavirus Relief Fund and a request of the Governor to extend the state of disaster declaration to Dec. 15.
Because the disaster declaration extension was approved, it will also extend several other orders, including the Governor's mask order that Johnson County is currently under. The order will remain in effect unless rescinded by the Governor or the Board of County Commissioners vote to opt out of the mask order. Remember, this impacts the entire Spring Hill city limits in both Johnson and Miami Counties.
From Johnson County: A special meeting of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners was held today, Nov. 13, to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. After nearly six hours of discussion about the high levels of virus transmission in the community and the impact on schools and hospitals, the BOCC, sitting as the Board of Public Health issued an emergency public health order to slow the spread of the virus. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m., Monday, Nov. 16. This will impact the entirety of the Spring Hill city limits including the Miami County side. Per agreements between Johnson County and Miami County related to emergency management, all of Spring Hill follows Johnson County orders and directives.
Johnson County is giving businesses $10,000 as a grant – no repayment.
Businesses in Spring Hill must:
- Be located in Johnson County – Document this with some government-issued document i.e. lease agreement, business license, utility bill, etc
- Must have between 1 and 50 employees. Sole proprietors can apply. Non-profits can as well. Must document this with a list of name – first/last on a Word doc/spreadsheet
- Have –
- $10,000+ in revenue loss between March 1 & Oct 30, 2020 as compared to the same timeframe of 2019. (Provide a P&L for the two timeframes scanned into a single document to show this),
- OR… $10,000+ of COVID-related expenses between March 1 & Dec.30, 2020. (Scan together those expenses – and it can include a contract for COVID-related expenses thru the end of the year),
- OR… a combination of revenue loss for the timeframe stated above PLUS COVID-related expenses for the timeframe stated above that together equals $10,000+. (Documented into a single file per the guidelines above) Rent can be included IF they are also showing revenue loss – it’s assumed that decrease made rent a COVID-related hardship.
There are 1,350 grants available, offered on a first-come-first-served basis to qualified people.
Questions? Email the Enterprise Center in Johnson County at email@example.com
Johnson County face mask requirement
NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH DEC. 15, 2020
The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted to support Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s executive order requiring masks to be worn in public spaces. Kansas Governor Executive Order #20-52 also requires masks outdoors when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. There are a number of exemptions. Children 5 and younger will not be required to wear masks when the order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m., on Friday, July 3. Those with medical conditions that prevent mask use will also be allowed an exemption. Businesses open to the public are required to comply with the order.
The entirety of the Spring Hill city limits, in both Johnson and Miami counties, is affected by this requirement according to our City Emergency Operations Plan. You can download a graphic here.
If you plan to visit a City facility, you will need a face mask to enter.. You can also do business with us online, by phone or email.
City facilities reopening plan and guidance
City facilities remain in Phase 3 of the State’s Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas. This means Open Gym and our Walking Program are canceled until further notice as well as in-person meetings limited to 43 individuals. Face masks are strongly encouraged when visiting each facility.
Other restrictions include:
- Building and room reservations accepted for groups less than 50 or 50% capacity, whichever is less
- Council and Board meetings resume in Council Chambers with occupancy limited to 43
- Civic Center courtyard designated as entrance only. All other Civic Center exterior doors are exit only.
New procedures for meetings and activities at the Civic Center following CDC guidelines:
(for guests visiting our facilities for longer than 10 minutes)
- Guests should plan and come prepared for your activity or meeting to limit time needed in the facility.
- Meetings and/or activities are limited to those participating.
- All guest must be able to fit in your designated meetings room. Cannot overflow into the hallway.
- Guests should socialize or wait outside of the facility where social distancing can be achieved.
- Sanitize your hands upon arriving and before leaving our facilities.
- Guests will be asked to sign-in.
- You are required to wear a face covering over your nose and mouth.
- Please stay home if you are sick.
- Be patient, flexible and kind.
- Social distancing is highly encouraged throughout the facilities.
The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at (913) 715-5000.
- Johnson County Community COVID-19 hotline
- (913) 715-CV19 (2819)
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Questions related to COVID-19
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment hotline
Johnson County has created a dashboard that allows the public to see the areas of the county (including the entirety of Spring Hill) that have been impacted by COVID-19. The data is broken down by demographics, including hot spots within the county.