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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: December 1, 2021

[ARCHIVED] 12-1-2021 COVID-19 Update: 1 Death and 57 New Positive Cases


(RILEY COUNTY, KS – December 1, 2021) A 69-year-old unvaccinated male resident of Riley County died November 25 after testing positive for COVID-19 on November 24. His passing represents the 65th COVID-related death in Riley County since the start of the pandemic. No further information will be released about the patient.

Riley County has identified 57 new COVID-19 cases and 73 additional recoveries since the last report on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. There are currently 100 active cases in Riley County.

Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan is caring for eight COVID-positive patients at this time. Seven of the hospitalized patients are unvaccinated and four of the patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“Thankfully, the percent positive in Riley County continues to be low and I encourage anyone with symptoms to get a COVID test,” said Local Health Officer Julie Gibbs. “Testing is widely available and results come in quickly. Anyone who wants to get tested should contact the Health Department, call their medical provider, or visit KDHE’s drive-through testing site at Manhattan Town Center.”

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) offers free drive-through testing Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Manhattan Town Center parking lot on the north side near Leavenworth St. This site offers the saliva-based PCR test only.

The Riley County Health Department will continue to offer rapid testing (antigen) and PCR testing. Please call (785)323-6400 to schedule free testing through the health department.

Riley County Statistics for December 1, 2021:

  • Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 8,485

  • Total active: 100

  • Total recovered: 8,320

  • Total deaths: 65

  • Total variant cases: 275

Percent Positive

Two-Week Average: 4.70%

  • Tested Positive: 123

  • Tested Negative: 2,493

  • Total Tested: 2,616

Week 47 (November 21 - 27)    4.95%

  • Tested Positive: 49        

  • Total Tested: 990       

Week 46 (November 14 - 20) 4.55 %

  • Tested Positive: 74

  • Total Tested: 1626

Fully Vaccinated Riley County Residents from WebIZ

  • 0-11 Year of Age (YOA): 82 total

  • 12-18 YOA: 1,983 total

  • 18+ YOA: 21,795 total  

First Dose 5-11 YOA: 774 total

“The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified Omicron as a highly transmissible variant of concern, though its actual risks are not yet understood,” said Gibbs. “Early evidence suggests the Omicron variant poses an increased risk that people who have already had COVID-19 could catch it again. No cases of the Omicron variant have been identified in Riley County.”

The next update will be published Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

Find statistics for Riley County, schedule a vaccine or testing appointment, and learn more about the local COVID-19 response at or by calling the Riley County Health Department at (785) 776-4779. 

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