Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. has formed a COVID-19 working group within the county, to plan for continuity of county government operations.

The group include co-chairs Bridgette Shaffer and Bob Crutsinger, directors of the health and finance departments, respectively. In addition, representatives from each county department, as well as the County Legislature, 16th Circuit Court and Sheriff’s Office will be part of the working group, which will work on preparedness, response and communication efforts.

There has been on confirmed coronavirus case in Johnson County, Kansas, but as of Tuesday afternoon there are no cases of COVID-19 in Jackson County.

“Our courthouses and facilities provide essential services to our community and it is our goal to keep operations functioning,” White said in a release. “However, we are aware of the potential health risks associated with this illness and are taking the necessary steps to be prepared.”

“Our goal is to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19,” Shaffer said. “The Health Department is anticipating and preparing for cases of COVID-19 in Jackson County. We encourage the public to take precautions and stay informed.”

People can up for digital updates or submit questions to public health experts in the county by visiting www.jacohd.org.