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Posted on: March 16, 2022

[ARCHIVED] 3/16/2022 Riley County COVID-19 Update


(RILEY COUNTY, KS – March 16, 2022) Riley County identified 15 new COVID-19 cases in Week 10 (March 6 - 12) and 32 new cases in Week 9 (February 27 - March 5) along with a total of 64 additional recoveries. There are 26 active COVID-19 cases in the county. 

Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan is currently caring for 3 COVID-19 positive patients. One of those patients is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The two-week rolling percent positivity rate fell to 2.87%  for the current period. The positivity rate was 6.85% for the previous two-week period. 

Riley County will return to weekly COVID-19 updates. The next update will be published Wednesday, March 23.

“We are updating the format of our local reports to be more consistent with the types of data the CDC shares in the nationwide Community Levels tool,” said Renee Lucas, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Riley County Health Department. “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to understand the numbers and take appropriate precautions.”

From the KDHE Weekly Update

COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations in Kansas continue to decline and are now at their lowest since August of last year, both in Kansas and across the country. Additionally, though COVID rates are declining, we reached the grim milestone of 6 million global deaths from COVID-19, providing a reminder that we must learn to live with the virus while still protecting ourselves and the vulnerable members of our community.

Riley County COVID-19 Statistics for March 16, 2022

  • Total positive cases in Riley County residents: 13,444
  • Total active: 26
  • Total recovered: 13,339
  • Total deaths: 79

Percent Positive

Two-Week Rolling Percent Positivity Rate: 2.87 %

  • Tested Positive: 47
  • Tested Negative: 1,588
  • Total Tested: 1,635

Week 9 (February 27 - March 5): 3.86%

  • Total Positives: 32
  • Total Tested: 830

Week 10 (March 6 - 12): 1.86%

  • Total Positives: 15
  • Total Tested: 805

Contact Riley County Health Department

  • COVID-19 Test (785) 323-6400
  • COVID-19 Vaccine (785) 565-6560

KDHE will continue to offer free COVID-19 PCR tests at 3019 Anderson Avenue, Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through March 31st. The KDHE test site is also distributing free N95 masks to the public. Each person may have up to three N95 masks. 

The Riley County Health Department provides rapid testing for symptomatic patients by appointment Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Please call (785) 323-6400 Monday- Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon to schedule an appointment. Free take home tests are also available at the health department while supplies last. 

COVID-19 vaccines are now available at the health department with or without an appointment. Please visit the clinic at 2030 Tecumseh Road (Monday - Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday noon – 6 p.m., and Friday 8:30 - 11 a.m.) or call (785) 565-6560 if you would like to schedule an appointment. 

Find statistics for Riley County and learn more about the local COVID-19 response at

CDC Community Level Tool

Please note, there are negative numbers listed in the New Cases table below because the patients were tested in Riley County but were later identified as residents of other counties. 

3-16-2022 covid data table

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