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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: May 12, 2021

05-12-21: 34 new COVID-positive cases in Riley County


(RILEY COUNTY, KS – May 12, 2021) Riley County has identified 34 new positive Coronavirus cases and 52 additional recoveries since the last report on May 5, 2021. 

The percent of positive cases for the week of May 2 was 1.6%. That translates to 17 of the 1,032 tests performed coming back positive. Please note 17 of the cases reflected in new cases and recoveries are older cases transferred to Riley County from other counties based on residency.

None of the new cases reported are “breakthrough cases” or individuals who have been vaccinated. 

No COVID-positive patients are currently under care at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

Vaccination Events: 

In light of the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for individuals ages 12-15, the Riley County Health Department will hold a youth vaccine clinic on May 20th from 9 am to 4 pm Pottorf Hall in Manhattan. There will be free food and activities for those who get vaccinated. Those interested in making an appointment should go to A parent or legal guardian must accompany anyone between the ages of 12-17. 

Vaccination Updates: 

Individuals interested in making an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can call the Riley County Health Department at 785-565-6560 M-F between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. 

Vaccine Operations (RCHD): 

Received dose 2 of 2 (Fully vaccinated): 20,082

Received dose 1 of 2: 1,286

Riley County Statistics for May 12:

  • Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 6,497

  • Total active: 23

  • Total recovered: 6,431

  • Total deaths: 43


Week 18 (May 2- May 8) 1.6% 

  • 17 positive cases

  • 1032 total tests

Week 17 (April 28- May 1) 3.1%

  • 33 positive cases 

  • 1049 total tests

Two-week average: 2.40%

  • 50 positive 

  • 2081 total tests


The Riley County Health Department encourages individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to get tested. Rapid and saliva-based testing is being offered at 419 Holiday Drive in Manhattan daily, 9 am - 530 pm through May 28th, 2021, except Sundays and inclement weather days. Everyone is welcome, and appointments are recommended. Make an appointment at:

Rapid and saliva-based testing is also available at the Riley County Health Department. Please call our screening call center at 785-323-6400.

If individuals are traveling out of the state or country, they can contact the RCHD to get a PCR saliva test kit to take before they travel.  Most overseas travel requires a negative test result within 72 hours of flying. 

The next written update will be published on Wednesday, May 19. 

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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