PRINT THE FIGHT FOR THE FRONT LINE FLYER HERE
(RILEY COUNTY, KS – November 18, 2020) As COVID-19 cases increase in Kansas, Riley County is launching a 14-day challenge to support front-line workers and health care providers. If everyone does their part to slow the spread of COVID-19, we can prevent hospitals and medical staff from being overwhelmed. Please join the fight for front line workers and prevent the shortage of hospital beds, doctors, and nurses. For the next 14 days, everyone is asked to commit to:
The challenge is based on health guidelines and modeled after initiatives in other Kansas communities.
“The rapid increase of COVID cases poses a real threat to the medical community,” said Local Health Officer Julie Gibbs. “If the hospital becomes overwhelmed with severe cases, they lose the ability to care for other patients. We have to take action now to prevent that from happening.”
K-State’s commencement ceremonies originally scheduled to take place November 20-22 have been canceled due to the rapid, uncontrolled increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the campus communities throughout the state. Instead, virtual recognitions will take place in December.
"With hundreds of new cases announced in our host communities in the past few days, the trend line is absolutely going in the wrong direction," said Richard B. Myers, university president. "Concerns have been expressed by our students, faculty and staff not only for their personal health, but with a willingness to look out for the health of fellow K-Staters."
Community partners endorsing this initiative include: Riley County, Riley County Health Department, Riley County Emergency Operations Center, City of Manhattan, Kansas State University, Ascension Via Christi Hospital of Manhattan, and the MHK Clinical Task Force.
For more information about Riley County’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,
visit the Riley County website at www.rileycountyks.gov/coronavirus, follow RCHD on Facebook at /Rileycountyhealthdepartment/ and Twitter @RileyCoHealth.