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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: March 15, 2021

03-15-21 Update: Two deaths and nine new COVID-positive cases


(RILEY COUNTY, KS – March 15, 2021)Two additional COVID-positive patients have died in Riley County. The patients were two females, aged 69 years old and 80 years old. The 69-year-old woman tested positive on January 7th and passed away on March 10th. The other woman tested positive on January 19th and also passed away on March 10th. Their passing brings the total number of COVID-related deaths in the county to 35.

Riley County has identified nine new positive coronavirus cases and 14 additional recoveries since the last report on March 10th, 2021.

Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan is caring for two positive patients. No COVID-positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

 As the weather warms up and families enjoy spring break, the Riley County Health Department encourages individuals to continue to wear masks, practice social distancing and avoid crowds. 

Vaccination Updates: 

This week, RCHD will administer first doses to those who fall into Phase 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday “boosters”, second doses, will be administered to individuals who were vaccinated on or before February 12th. 

This week, the Health Department will continue to work to complete Phase 2 as mandated by the state. This phase includes those who work in congregate settings and high-contact critical workers.  A more detailed list of who this includes can be found here:

Vaccine Operations: 

Received dose 2 of 2 (Fully vaccinated): 6,036

Received dose 1 of 2: 5,824

Riley County Statistics for March 15:

  • Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 6252
  • Total active: 53
  • Total recovered: 6,164
  • Total deaths: 35

Riley County COVID data March 15

The next written update will be published on Wednesday March, 17th.  As we transition to more of a concentration on vaccine clinics, we will scale back the number of press releases from three times a week to Monday and Wednesday. We will also suspend weekly Facebook live video updates. Updates will still be provided once a week on KMAN at 7 AM on Tuesday. 

For more information about Riley County's response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, visit 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  

Questions can also be emailed to [email protected]


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