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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: September 14, 2022

9/14/2022 COVID-19 Update

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS – September 14, 2022) The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) recorded 76 new COVID-19 cases for Riley County for the week of September 3 - 9. The Incidence Rate is 102.4 which places Riley County in the HIGH incidence category with more than 100 cases per 100,000 people. This total does not include any at-home test results.

Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan is caring for two COVID-19 positive patients at this time. The patients are in the medical ward, not the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and neither is on a ventilator at this time.

No (0) additional deaths have been reported in Riley County this week. The total number of people who have died remains 95.

Guidelines

Find current guidelines for quarantine and isolation from the CDC.

Vaccine Information

The new, bivalent doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines arrived at RCHD yesterday and will be available to the public starting Thursday, September 15. Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax vaccines continue to be available at the Riley County Health Department Clinic located at 2030 Tecumseh Road.

Walk-ins are welcome at the Health Department Clinic. People can also schedule appointments by calling (785) 776-4779 ext. 7675. 

Riley County Health Clinic Hours:

  • Mon-Wed: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thurs: noon – 6 p.m.
  • Fri: 8:30 - 11 a.m.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive vaccinations. The Health Department does not charge any fees for COVID-19 vaccines. 

Who is eligible to receive the new, bivalent boosters and when:

  • Individuals 18 years of age and older are eligible for a single booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent if it has been at least two months since they have completed primary vaccination or have received the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • Individuals 12 years of age and older are eligible for a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent if it has been at least two months since they have completed primary vaccination or have received the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Tests

The Riley County Health Department provides free, in-person COVID-19 tests by appointment. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. No walk-ins will be accepted for testing. People can schedule appointments as soon as two hours in advance and as far as five days in advance.

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“The process to get tested is simple and results are ready within 30 minutes,” said Health Department Director Julie Gibbs. “We’re seeing more patients each day for testing. There were about a dozen the first day and we’re expecting 20 today. Some people test positive with an at-home kit and want confirmation of the results from a medical professional, and most people who visit us have symptoms. We’re grateful for KDHE’s help so we can provide this service to the community once again.”

Free at-home test kits are also available in the lobby at the Riley County Health Department Clinic, located at 2030 Tecumseh Drive. The limit is one test kit per person, and each kit contains two tests. Free test kits are also available by mail through Project ACT at https://accesscovidtests.org/faq. Most pharmacies carry test kits for sale.

Free at-home test kits are also available in the lobby at the Riley County Health Department Clinic, located at 2030 Tecumseh Drive. The limit is one test kit per person, and each kit contains two tests. Free test kits are also available by mail through as Project ACT. . Most pharmacies carry test kits for sale. RCHD does not offer in-person testing at this time and the US Postal Service is no longer accepting orders for mailed tests. Most pharmacies carry test kits for sale. RCHD no longer offers in-person testing.

Additional Information

There have been a total of 15,299 COVID-19 cases in Riley County as of September 14, 2022 according to the KDHE Case Summary the KDHE Case Summary.

Please report positive or negative results when you take an at-home test using the online portal. The Report At-Home Test Results link is also available on the Riley County COVID-19 page at www.rileycountyks.gov/covid

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Next Update

The next update from Riley County will be published Wednesday, September 21.

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