Two new cases of COVID-19 reported in Riley County

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The Riley County Health Department is reporting two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 23.

A 54-year-old female and a 32-year old male tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday. Both individuals are isolating in their homes, local health officer Julie Gibbs said.

There are now nine recovered individuals, and 157 negative tests have been administered by the county.

“Please know we are here to help you through this time,” Gibbs said. “As we go through these challenging times, we can be reminded of how fortunate we are to live in such a strong community that supports each other to accomplish great things.”

Pat Collins, emergency management director, said this disaster is different than others he has experienced. Those are typically over in a day, but this pandemic is long term.

“A lot of people are looking at this like they do other disasters,” Collins said. “This is not at its peak yet. We have a lot of recovery.”

In addition, as Kansas faces severe weather in the coming months, Collins recommends that citizens should seek shelter in the case of a tornado. It is more important than maintaining distance.

“Worry about the immediate threat,” Collins said.

Gibbs emphasized that nonessential businesses and events should be closed. This includes garage sales and beauty services.

“It is best to hold off and wait it out,” Gibbs said.

In addition, Riley County announced public pools will be closed for the summer.

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My name is Bailey Britton and I am the managing editor for the Collegian. I grew up in Colby, Kansas. I am a sophomore studying journalism with minors in leadership studies and English. I value quality news coverage and believe that communication is a vital part of solving problems. When I have free time, I like to spend time with friends and family or be outdoors with a good book.