Jun 26, 2020 6:21 PM

COVID-19 numbers increase again in Riley County

Posted Jun 26, 2020 6:21 PM

The Riley County Health Department (RCHD) has received notice of 28 new positive patients since the Wednesday. The total for the county is now 184, with 109 active cases. The majority of the new positive patients continue to be in the 18-24 age range.

”It has become necessary to increase our response,” said Local Health Officer Julie Gibbs. “The Emergency Operations Center is working to add contact tracing staff, reorganize current staff, and address the increased testing demands at the Swabbing Station. We plan to have these new measures in place next week.”

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has declared four locations in Riley County as areas of outbreak: Aggieville, the Kansas State University Football Team, and now Rock A Belly Bar and Deli and 785 Bar, both within the Aggieville District. An outbreak occurs when five or more cases stem from one place and time.

Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan has 1 positive patient who is on a ventilator. There is also 1 Person Under Investigation currently hospitalized. A PUI is a person who has symptoms of COVID-19 and is waiting for test results.

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 should call the Riley County Health Department’s Screening Hotline to speak with a nurse at 785-323-6400. The Screening Hotline is staffed Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through the month of June. If you have an emergency, call 911.

Riley County Statistics for Friday, June 26, 2020:

  1. Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 184*
  2. Total Active: 109
  3. Total Recovered: 72
  4. Currently Hospitalized: 1
  5. Total deaths: 3
  6. Pending test results: 159
  7. Negative test results: 2,367

*KDHE is reporting 178 positives for Riley County but that total does not include the most recent patients. The total for Riley County is 184.