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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: September 29, 2021

09-29-21: 62 new positive COVID cases in Riley County


(RILEY COUNTY, KS – September 29, 2021) Riley County has identified 62 new positive Coronavirus cases and 139 additional recoveries since the last report on September 22, 2021. 

In Riley County, since December, there have been a total of 195 positive cases from variants of concern

Five COVID-positive patients are currently under care at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. Two vaccinated patients are on the medical floor. Three patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), one is vaccinated.

Riley County Statistics for September 29

  • Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 7,871

  • Total active: 91

  • Total recovered: 7,722

  • Total deaths: 58

  • Total variant cases: 195

Vaccine Operations: 

Riley County Health Department itself has fully vaccinated 22,652 of the 64,433 eligible Riley County residents. This figure does not include those vaccinated at pharmacies and other medical facilities in the area.

Third doses of the Pfizer vaccine are now available for the following populations:

  • People aged 65 years and older, regardless of a medical condition, should receive a Pfizer booster shot  

  • Residents in long-term care settings should receive a Pfizer booster shot   

  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a Pfizer booster shot  

  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a Pfizer booster shot  

  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a Pfizer booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks.

The vaccine booster dose only applies to individuals who completed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine series at least 6 months ago. 

Thursday, September 30th, Riley County Health Department is offering appointments between 12 pm and 6 pm. To schedule an appointment, please visit

Please call 785-565-6560 M-F between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm with any additional questions.  


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 38 (September 19 - 25) 3.6 %

  • 61 positive 

  • 1692 total tests

Week 37 ( September 12 - 18) 5.7%

  • 123 positive

  • 2155 total tests

Two-week average: 4.78%

  • 184 positive 

  • 3847 total tests 

The next written update will be published on Wednesday, October 6th. 

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]


September 29 COVID stats

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