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Posted on: December 16, 2021

12-16-21 Update: 139 New Positive Cases


(RILEY COUNTY, KS – December 16, 2021) Riley County has identified 139 new COVID-19 cases and 116 additional recoveries since the last report on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. There are currently 170 active cases in Riley County.

Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan is caring for eight COVID-positive patients at this time, five of whom are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). One of the positive patients, who is on the medical floor, has been vaccinated. The other positive patients have not been vaccinated.

“Local healthcare providers continue to report an increase in flu cases," said Local Health Officer Julie Gibbs. “If you have symptoms, your doctor will likely test you for both COVID-19 and influenza to make sure you’re getting the appropriate treatment. Guidelines for limiting virus transmission, such as frequent hand washing and wearing masks, will help with the spread of influenza, as well as COVID. As always, I encourage people to get vaccinated.”

The CDC provides information for influenza treatment as well as guidelines for how long to stay home at and

Riley County Statistics for December 16, 2021:

  • Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 8,730

  • Total active: 170

  • Total recovered: 8,495

  • Total deaths: 65

  • Total variant cases: 308

Percent Positive

Two-Week Average: 7.52% (up from 6.87%)

  • Tested Positive: 224

  • Tested Negative: 2,750

  • Total Tested: 2,974

Week 49 (December 5-11)  6.77%

  • Total Positives: 104        

  • Total Tested:   1537       

Week 48 (November 28 - December 4) 8.35%

  • Total Positives:   120

  • Total Tested:    1,437    

Contact Riley County Health Department

  • COVID-19 testing (785) 323-6400

  • COVID-19 vaccine (785) 565-6560

The next update will be published Wednesday, December 22.

Find statistics for Riley County, schedule a vaccine or testing appointment, and learn more about the local COVID-19 response at

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