Sixth positive COVID-19 case in Riley County

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There are now six positive cases of COVID-19 in Riley County, local health officer Julie Gibbs said.

During the regular daily Emergency Response Briefing, Gibbs said the county was only recently made aware of the case. Other information about the new positive case was not provided.

“We are currently in the process of finding more information and [beginning] our contact investigation,” Gibbs said.

On Tuesday, three new cases were reported in Riley County throughout the day, including a student who traveled on a university trip to London over spring break. The student is the second person on the trip to test positive in the area.

Within Riley County, there are 23 people being monitored for possible cases and 12 pending tests, including tests on Fort Riley. Gibbs said the county has documented 53 negative tests.

“I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay at home during this time,” Gibbs said. “This may be uncomfortable … but your sacrifices now could save your life or someone else’s life in the future.”

During the briefing, Dr. Ryan Knopp from Stonecreek Family Physicians spoke at first “from the heart,” but also addressed the scientific side of disease prevention.

“This is the greatest public health crisis most all of us have faced in our lifetimes and potentially will face in our lifetimes,” Knopp said. “We have to exhibit and understand the gravity of the situation and convey that to our friends, family and community.”

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