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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: October 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] 10/12/2022 COVID-19 Update

yellow background with text Riley County COVID-19 Update

(RILEY COUNTY, KS – October 12, 2022) The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) recorded 22 new COVID-19 cases for Riley County for the week of October 1 - 7. The Incidence Rate is 29.6. Riley County remains in the MODERATE incidence category with 10 - 49 cases per 100,000 people. This total does not include any at-home test results.

No (0) COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized at Ascension Via Christi in Manhattan, and no recent COVID-related deaths have been reported. The death total for Riley County remains 97.

Vaccine Information

The FDA recently authorized the new, bivalent COVID-19 boosters for children ages 5-11. The next step will be for the CDC to make an official recommendation. After that, the doses for this age group could be available for the health department and other healthcare providers to order. 

The Riley County Health Department continues to administer COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses. Flu shots are also available. People will be able to get flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same appointment.

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

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. 

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. People can schedule appointments as soon as two hours in advance and as far as five days in advance. When you arrive for your appointment, please park in the designated spaces on Wharton Manor Road, which is the back side of the clinic at 2030 Tecumseh Road. Staff will come to your vehicle to test you. Please park in the reserved COVID spaces only if you are visiting the clinic to get tested. 

Schedule testing appointments

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. Most pharmacies carry test kits for sale.

CDC Guidelines

The CDC Community Level continues to be LOW. The CDC measures the number of new cases per 200,000 people, the number of hospitalized COVID patients, and also considers the percentage of hospital beds still available. At LOW levels, the CDC recommends people stay up to date on vaccinations and avoid contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19. 

Find more information about CDC Community Level assessments.

Find current guidelines for quarantine and isolation from the CDC.

Additional Information

There have been a total of 15,476 COVID-19 cases in Riley County as of October 12, 2022 according to 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

COVID-19 testing options

KDHE Data Dashboard

COVID-19 updates from CDC

Next Update

The next update from Riley County will be published Wednesday, October 19.

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