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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: October 19, 2022

10/19/2022 COVID-19 Update

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS – October 19, 2022) The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) recorded 18 new COVID-19 cases for Riley County for the week of October 8 - 14. The Incidence Rate is 24.2. 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.

One (1) COVID-19 patient is currently hospitalized at Ascension Via Christi in Manhattan. 

The patient is not in the ICU and is not on a ventilator. No recent COVID-related deaths have been reported. The death total for Riley County remains 97.

Vaccine Information

Walk-ins are welcome at the Health Department Clinic. People can also schedule vaccine appointments by calling (785) 776-4779 ext. 7675. Flu vaccines are now available and the new, bivalent booster dose for younger children, ages 5 - 11, will be available soon. RCHD will make an announcement when that vaccine shipment arrives and can be administered to younger children.

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 same-day appointments one hour in advance or as far as five days in advance. 

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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 15,501 COVID-19 cases in Riley County as of October 19, 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 www.rileycountyks.gov/covid

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 26.

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