Two more cases of COVID-19 reported in Riley County

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On Thursday morning, Riley County reported two new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to eight.

The new cases are travel-related, a Facebook post from the health department says.

“They are linked to travel outside the community or close contact to other people who have traveled and tested positive for COVID-19,” the post says.

“The peak could happen around the end of April in Riley County, and every action you take now will impact the health of the people around you,” local health officer Julie Gibbs said. “This virus is deadly, and when you choose to stay home, you are choosing to save lives. I can’t emphasize this enough; we all need to do our part.”

A new social distancing scoring map is available through the Riley County Response Hub indicates community compliance. According to the post, the county currently has a B grade for compliance. That shows about 30 to 40 percent reduced travel.

The county COVID-19 hotline is still available for symptom screening at 785-323-6400. All questions can be directed to the voicemail only hotline at 785-587-4526.

The Riley County Health Department is also reporting that two patients with COVID-19 are receiving treatment at Via Christi and nine tests are still pending results. As of Thursday, there have been 70 negative tests, and 28 people are still under surveillance by the county.

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