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Posted on: March 30, 2022

3/30/2022 Riley County COVID-19 Update

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS – March 30, 2022) Riley County identified 8 new COVID-19 cases and 17 additional recoveries in Week 12 (March 20 - 26). There are currently eight active COVID-19 cases in the county. 

Zero COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

Percent positive information is no longer available as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has updated their reporting procedures for COVID-19 testing. Labs will no longer be required to report negative test results, only positive results which is the same process used for all other infectious diseases in the United States. Individuals are still entitled to receive the results of their COVID-19 testing, whether they are positive or negative, but only the numbers of positive results will be shared with local and state health departments and the CDC to be included in reporting statistics.

Starting this week, the Riley County Health Department reports will include active cases, current hospitalizations, recoveries, total positive cases, deaths, and incidents per 100,000 people. The current population of Riley County is about 72,000 people so the rate per 100,000 will be higher than the reported case numbers.

Riley County COVID-19 Statistics for March 30, 2022

  • Active cases: 8
  • Positive patients at Via Christi Hospital: 0
  • New recoveries: 17
  • Recent deaths: 0
  • Total positive cases: 13,454
  • Total recoveries: 13,367
  • Total deaths: 79

Incidents Per 100,000 People

  • Week 11 (March 13 - 19): 4.04
  • Week 12 (March 20 - 26): 10.78

Contact Riley County Health Department

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

COVID-19 testing in Riley County will change after April 1. This week, KDHE will offer free PCR tests at 3019 Anderson Avenue, Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Starting Monday, April 4, the RADxUp team of grant-funded staff currently operating in the Riley County Health Department will move to the 3019 Anderson Avenue location. The RADxUp team will offer both rapid and PCR tests from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3019 Anderson Avenue through the month of April. The tests are free and no appointment is needed. 

The RADxUp will also distribute free take-home tests at 3019 Anderson during their hours of operation. People can pick up one test kit (which includes two tests) for each member of their household while supplies last.

Free COVID-19 vaccines will continue to be available at the Riley County Health Department with or without an appointment, but testing will not be conducted at the health department clinic. For vaccines, 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.) for a walk-in vaccination, or call (785) 565-6560 if you would like to schedule an appointment. 

The next update will be published Wednesday, April 6.

Find statistics for Riley County and learn more about the local COVID-19 response at https://www.rileycountyks.gov/1857/Novel-Coronavirus-2019-nCoV

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