(RILEY COUNTY, KS – February 5, 2021) Riley County has identified 15 new positive coronavirus cases and one additional recovery since the last report on February 3, 2021.
Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan is caring for seven positive patients at this time. One of the positive patients is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
While the number of those infected with COVID continues to decrease in Riley County, we remind the community to continue wearing masks, social distancing and keep social gatherings small. The CDC posted information about safer ways to enjoy the Super Bowl this weekend https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/small-gatherings.html
This week the Health Department continued vaccinating those 65 and older with severe health conditions and those who are homebound. To date, 4,932 vaccines have been administered by Riley County Health Department, 53 of them to individuals who are homebound.
Riley County will continue to vaccinate those 65 and older with severe health conditions next week and administer second doses to those who qualify.
Vaccination Protocol for 65 and older
To date, more than 15,000 people have registered to receive the vaccine. We encourage those who have not to do so. You can sign up to receive the coronavirus vaccine through our website here: www.RileyCountyKS.gov/VaccineRequest or call Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.: (785) 565-6560. Each individual needs to register. Please be patient as we are experiencing a high volume of requests.
Riley County Statistics for February 5:
The next written update will be published on Monday, February 8. There will be no Facebook live video update next week due to several vaccine clinics.
KDHE continues to provide testing for all Kansans with no out of pocket fees. As part of the Kansas Unified Testing Strategy, WellHealth will continue to offer free saliva-based testing every day, except Sundays, holidays, and severe weather days from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at CiCo Park in Manhattan. Appointments are recommended and can be made online at https://www.gogettested.com/kansas . In addition to WellHealth, if a person has a referral from their doctor's office and makes an appointment, they can receive rapid testing at the Health Department.
For more information about Riley County's response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, visit www.rileycountyks.gov/coronavirus and follow RCHD on Facebook at /Rileycountyhealthdepartment/
For general questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine timelines and availability, members of the public can check the FAQ information online at https://www.rileycountyks.gov/.../Frequently-Asked-Questions
Questions can also be emailed to [email protected] ####