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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: September 15, 2021

[ARCHIVED] 09-15-21 Update: 118 new positive COVID cases in Riley County since last Wednesday


(RILEY COUNTY, KS – September 15, 2021) Riley County has identified 118 new positive Coronavirus cases and 98 additional recoveries since the last report on September 8 2021. 

In Riley County, since December, there have been a total of 160 positive cases from variants of concern

Six unvaccinated COVID-positive patients are currently under care at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. One patient is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 

Riley County Statistics for September 15:

  • Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 7,693

  • Total active: 196

  • Total recovered: 7,440

  • Total deaths: 57

  • Total variant cases: 160

Vaccine Operations: 

Riley County Health Department has fully vaccinated 22,510 (34.9%) of the 64,433 eligible Riley County residents.  This figure does not include those vaccinated at pharmacies, other medical facilities and outside of Riley County.

Third doses are now available for individuals with serious health conditions and have received two Moderna or Pfizer vaccine doses. 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 two years

  • HIV infection

  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency

  • Treatment with high dose steroids or immunosuppressive drugs

Booster shot appointments are not available to the general public at this time. Please do not call the Health Department to schedule a vaccine appointment unless you have a serious health condition that meets the criteria above or if you need to schedule your first or second dose of the vaccine. Please continue to monitor the website for the latest information. 

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 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Rapid testing (antigen) is only for symptomatic individuals. The medical staff on-site will determine which test is most appropriate. 

Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Riley County Health Department. Please park in the spots on Wharton Manor Road. 

Call our screening call center at 785-323-6400 for more information.


Week 36 ( September 5 - 11) 7.1%

  • 135 positive

  • 1912 total tests

Week 35 (August 29 - September 4) 5.5%

  • 113 positive

  • 2040 total tests

Two-week average: 6.28%

  • 248 positive 

  • 3952 total tests 

The next written update will be published on Wednesday, September 22nd. 

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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