Mar 21, 2020 9:18 PM

COVID-19 update provided by Riley County Health Department Director

Posted Mar 21, 2020 9:18 PM

Riley County Health Department Director Julie Gibbs explained that the 51-year old Manhattan man diagnosed this week with Coronavirus-19 had traveled overseas, returned to the Kansas City airport, came to Manhattan, quarantined at home and when his symptoms got worse contacted Ascension Via Christi Hospital. He is isolated in the hospital with severe respiratory issues. 

 Gibbs stated during a Saturday afternoon briefing via social media that the patient did not travel anywhere else in the Manhattan community, that and he and his family did everything correctly. His family is also isolated.

Gibbs urged the public to remain calm. " we're all in this together. There is no sign of community spread right now in Riley County or in the region. Risk is low but we want to take precaution, we want to make sure that we're practicing those prevention methods. You've heard it all before, wash your hands for 20 seconds, make sure that you're keeping that social distancing of at least six feet between you and another person."

Gibbs stated, "It's okay to get outside and go take a walk, jog ride your bike. But you want to try to avoid playgrounds and crowded spaces."

There is a call center in Riley County to call for screenings if you have symptoms. The COVID-19 telephone number is 785-323-6400.

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Closures and cancellations

--Corps of Engineers managed campgrounds will be closed indefinitely. Reservations have been cancelled through May 15 and closures will be reevaluated at that time.

--The April 1 meeting of the Westloop/Westside Business Association is cancelled.

--All University Open House activities in Manhattan, Salina and Olathe have been canceled.

--Boys and Girls Club Manhattan closed until March 30

--Manhattan Town Center scales back most of their operations until at least April 4

--Manhattan Area Chamber has closed their lobby 

--Manhattan closed most city facilities but staff will continue to work but interaction with staff will be via online, telephone and email.

--Riley County buildings except those deemed essential are closed temporarily.

--McCain Performance series cancels or reschedules remaining shows of the season. Check Little Apple Post.

--USD 383 schools closed remainder of the academic year

--K-State in-person classes remainder of academic year along with all spring sports, and commencement.

--All Manhattan Parks and Recreation activities are closed until March 30.

--Sunset Zoo closed until April 6.

--Flint Hills Job Corps on spring break until April 14