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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: August 18, 2021

08-18-21: One new death and 85 new positive COVID cases in Riley County since last Wednesday


(RILEY COUNTY, KS – August 18, 2021) An unvaccinated 60-year-old female has passed away from COVID-19. The Riley County Resident tested positive on July 8th and passed away on July 30th at The University of Kansas St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. 

Her death brings the total number of COVID-related deaths in the county to 53. 

Riley County has identified 85 new positive Coronavirus cases and 81 additional recoveries since the last report on August 11, 2021. 

In Riley County, since December, there have been a total of 107 positive cases from variants of concern

Eight COVID-positive patients are currently under care at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. Five patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on ventilators. 

The Health Department continues to encourage individuals to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance which recommends all Americans, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in indoor public places within areas experiencing high levels of transmission, including Riley County.

Riley County Statistics for August 18:

  • Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 7,316
  • Total active: 126
  • Total recovered: 7,137
  • Total deaths: 53
  • Total variant cases: 107

Vaccine Operations (RCHD): 

Received dose 2 of 2 (Fully vaccinated): 22,201

Received dose 1 of 2: 573

Third doses are now available for individuals who have received two doses of either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine and have a serious health condition. These health conditions include:

  • Active treatment for a solid tumor or hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of solid organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of stem cell transplant within the past 2 years
  • HIV infection
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency
  • Treatment with high dose steroids or immunosuppressive drugs

Pending Food and Drug Administration’s approval and Center for Disease and Control Prevention’s recommendation, third doses may be offered to everyone in late September. We ask the community to refrain from calling the Health Department and continue to monitor the website for the latest information. 

There are several upcoming vaccine clinics in the area. 

Friday, August 20th

  • Vaccines Offered: Johnson & Johnson 
  • Where: Flint Hills Community Clinic, 401 Houston Street Suite C, Manhattan, KS
  • Hours: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
  • The first 10 patients will a $50 gift card to HyVee, all others will receive a Chick-fil-A gift card.

Friday, August 20th

  • Vaccines Offered: Pfizer (12 and older are welcome) 
  • Where: Riley County Health Department, 2030 Tecumseh Road, Manhattan, KS
  • Hours: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, August 22nd

  • Vaccines Offered: Johnson & Johnson 
  • Where: First Congregational Church, 700 Poyntz Way, Manhattan, KS
  • Hours: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM 
  • Please signup at or call 785-537-7006
  • $100 gift card while supplies last for those who get vaccinated at the event. 

Tuesday, August 25th

  • Vaccines Offered: Pfizer (12 and older are welcome) 
  • Where: Mt Zion Church, 916 Yuma Street, Manhattan, KS 
  • Hours: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Vaccines are also being offered at the Riley County Health Department on Thursdays by appointment. Please call 785-565-6560 M-F between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to schedule an appointment.  


Rapid and saliva testing is available for free. Testing is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Manhattan Town Center parking lot on the north side from 10-4. Please call our screening call center at 785-323-6400 for more information.


Week 32 (August 8 - August 14) 6.3%

  • 85 positive 
  • 1354 total tests

Week 31 (August 1 - August 7) 6.4 %

  • 103 positive
  • 1615 positive tests

Two-week average: 6.33%

  • 188 positive 
  • 2969 total tests 

The next written update will be published on Wednesday, August 25th. 

For the most up-to-date COVID statistics, please visit: Data is updated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

For general questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine, members of the public can check the FAQ information online at  

Questions can also be emailed to [email protected]


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