Riley County reports fifth positive case of COVID-19, third today

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The fifth positive case of COVID-19 in Riley County and the third today was reported by the health department. The patient is the second person in the area to test positive after returning from a Kansas State journalism practicum trip to London over spring break.

She is a 22-year-old student.

Andrew Smith, the professor of practice in the A.Q Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication who led the trip, was in intensive care after testing positive for the virus, but returned home last week following a multi-day stay at Via Christi.

“The student has been sick for the last few days and is now in isolation at home,” a facebook post from the health department reads.

The student has remained in self-isolation since returning from the trip on March 18.

“This virus presents a life and death situation for our community. The time to take action is now. If everyone does their part to limit the spread, we have a fighting chance,” local health officer Julie Gibbs said.

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