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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: September 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] 9-8-20 Update: 728 Active Cases, 561 Recovered

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS – September 8, 2020) Riley County has 121 new positive cases and 72 recoveries since Friday’s report. A total of 95, or 79%, of the new cases are patients between the ages of 18-24.

Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan is caring for 4 positive patients at this time. The patients have symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization. One of the positive patients is on a ventilator.

RCHD is partnering with KDHE and the Kansas National Guard to provide free testing events in Riley County this week. Due to expected rain and wind, the September 9, 7-10 a.m. testing event in Manhattan will now take place at Pottorf Hall in CiCo Park instead of in the parking lot at Manhattan Town Center. Participants will drive through the barn north of Pottorf Hall to get swabbed and volunteers will place the donated food in the trunk of the car.

Alternative sites for the other testing locations will be announced if changes are needed. Please check the Riley County Coronavirus website or the Riley County Health Department’s Facebook page for updates.

Anyone who has symptoms, is a close contact of a positive patient, or would like information about how to get tested should contact their health care provider or call the Riley County Screening Line at 785-323-6400. The Screening Line is staffed by nurses and is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

15 Active Outbreaks in Riley County: 


  • Delta Sigma Phi: 20
  • Phi Delta Theta: 21
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon: 5
  • Theta Xi: 10


  • Alpha Delta Pi: 12
  • Alpha Xi Delta: 7
  • Chi Omega: 6
  • Gamma Phi Beta: 5
  • Kappa Delta: 7
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma: 9
  • Pi Beta Phi: 5
  • Sigma Kappa: 6

Homestead Assisted Living: 9

KSU Football: 12

USD 384 BoE/Administration Building: 7

Riley County Statistics for Tuesday, September 8, 2020:

  • Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 1,295
  • Total active: 728
  • Total recovered: 561
  • Total deaths: 6
  • Pending test results: 183
  • Negative test results: 7,570
  • Average age: 26.8 years old
  • Gender: Female: 48.6% (630), Male 51.4% (665)

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Percent Positive Rate:

The percentage of positive tests to total test results is an important indicator of how the virus is spreading locally.

Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 uses the percent positive over the last 14 days as one of the metrics to assist in making decisions concerning movement between instructional delivery methods. That number calculated for the previous period is 32.3%.

2020-36 (last week): 30.37% 

  • 301 positive tests from 991 total tests
  • Average # of new cases/day = 43

2020-35 (2 weeks ago): 34.27% 

  • 340 positive tests from 992 total tests
  • Average # of new cases/day = 49

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Percent positive information is updated each Monday and is also posted online in the Data & Info section of the Riley County Coronavirus web page at

Case counts are preliminary and subject to verification.

There will be no video update this week. Instead, only written updates will be provided Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Staff will be available to provide a video update on Facebook Live next week, on Wednesday, September 16 at 4:15 p.m.

For more information about Riley County’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, visit the Riley County website at, follow RCHD on Facebook at /Rileycountyhealthdepartment/ and Twitter @RileyCoHealth.

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