A service member at Ft. Riley tests positive for novel coronavirus

(Illustration by Abigail Compton | Collegian Media Group)

On Thursday, the city of Manhattan announced that a resident of the city and a Ft. Riley service member tested positive for COVID-19.

The patient was tested at the U.S. Air Force Medical Service at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and does not require hospitalization. He is in home-isolation, according to a Riley County Health Department Facebook update.

There are six people waiting on test results in the area and 19 people currently in quarantine, Riley County Health Department director Julie Gibbs said. Gibbs said across the state of Kansas, there are 168 cases, which is an increase of 42 cases from Wednesday.

Additionally, the county will begin formulating a stay-at-home order, but it has not been implemented yet. Gibbs said residents will have at least 24-hour notice.

“This is a difficult time, but we will get through this together,” Gibbs said.

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