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Have a Healthy and Happy Halloween with Safety Guidance

Have a Healthy and Happy Halloween with Safety Guidance

Halloween is coming up, but it will look different than years past because, you know, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Johnson County Public Health and other experts caution that traditional trick-or-treating is riskier than alternatives; although interactions door-to-door are typically quick, they usually involve close and frequent contact, the conditions that spread SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Often, many kids and families gather at doors or on sidewalks, and the more households they visit, the greater chance that germs are spread and linger. Here are some ways to keep yourself, your kids and your community healthy.

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Solar energy dashboard now online

Last year, the city began seeking proposals to replace at least 60 percent — and ideally 80 percent or more — of the power needs for certain public facilities, and this past fall, began using solar power for the parks, streets and fire department facilities.

In less than four months, these three new arrays have powered the equivalent of 58,613.15 light bulbs for a day and saved 13,597.66 kg of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of planting more than 750 trees.

The public can now monitor the energy produced on these facilities. Online dashboards are now available for the arrays on the Parks Department shop, the Streets Department shop and the Fire Station.

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