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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: October 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] 10-9-20 Update: 8 New Cases

(RILEY COUNTY, KS – October 9, 2020) Riley County has 8 new positive cases and 4 additional recoveries since Wednesday’s report.

Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan is caring for 1 positive patient. The patient has symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization. 

Riley County Statistics for Friday, October 9, 2020:

  • Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 1,945
  • Total active: 138
  • Total recovered: 1,798
  • Total deaths: 9
    10-9 age breakdown
    10-9 gender breakdown

A wedding that took place in Riley County the weekend of September 26 has now been declared an outbreak. So far, a total of 12 people who attended the wedding ceremony, reception, and other events have tested positive. All 12 patients are residents of other counties and all close contacts have been notified. 

There are currently 15 active outbreaks in Riley County. The numbers below represent the number of active cases, recovered cases, and deaths associated with each of the outbreaks as well as the potential expiration dates. 

An outbreak is declared released or expired when 28 days have passed without a new positive case associated with that outbreak. 

See a PDF of outbreak information at

10-9 outbreak info 

The Riley County Health Department is partnering with KDHE and the Kansas National Guard to offer two free, drive-up COVID-19 testing events in Manhattan’s City Park next week:

  • Friday, October 16, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 17, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Participants will be tested using the standard PCR nasal swab which checks for active virus. No appointment or doctor's referral is needed and all are welcome. Results typically take 2-3 days and both negative and positive patients will be notified. Please enter the park from Fremont Street, near the Wefald Pavilion, wear a mask and remain in your vehicle for testing.

“The free events offer a quick and easy way for people to get tested,” said Local Health Officer Julie Gibbs. “COVID-19 tests at the Riley County Swabbing Station are always free for patients, but they do require a doctor’s order. The free testing events are very helpful for people who do not have access to a local physician, don’t have health insurance, or would simply like to know whether or not they have the virus.”

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.

Drive up flu shots are now available at the health department. Please make an appointment by calling 785-776-4779 ext. 7675 or schedule an appointment online at  RCHD will bill insurance for flu shots. Adults and children without insurance will not be charged for the vaccine, but will be asked to pay a $20 fee for the injection.

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.

The next video update will be Wednesday, October 14, at 4:15 p.m. on the Riley County Health Department’s Facebook page at

Written updates will be sent to the media and shared with the public Mondays and Fridays.

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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