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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: March 22, 2021

03-22-21 Update: One new COVID related death and 17 new positive cases in Riley County


(RILEY COUNTY, KS – March 22, 2021) One additional COVID-positive patient has died in Riley County. The patient was a 97-year-old female. She tested positive on January 4th and passed away on March 15th. Her passing brings the total number of COVID-related deaths in the county to 36. 

Riley County has identified 17 new positive coronavirus cases and 15 additional recoveries since the last report on March 17, 2021.  

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

Vaccination Updates: 

This week, RCHD will administer first doses to those who fall into Phase 2 and begin to vaccinate those in Phase 3 and 4.  Phase 3 includes those aged 16-64 with severe medical risks. Phase 4 are those who are critical workers but are not in high contact settings.  “Boosters”, second doses, will be administered to individuals on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Vaccine Operations: 

Received dose 2 of 2 (Fully vaccinated): 6,961

Received dose 1 of 2: 6,464

Individuals who are vaccinated should still wear a well-fitting mask that covers both their nose and mouth, stay at least 3 feet away from others, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated areas and wash their hands often.

Riley County Statistics for March 22:

  • Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 6288

  • Total active: 57

  • Total recovered: 6,195

  • Total deaths: 36


The next written update will be published on Wednesday, March, 24th.  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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