Two new COVID-19 cases reported in Riley County for second day in a row

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There are two new cases of COVID-19 in Riley County, the health department said on Wednesday.

A 20-year-old male and 44-year-old female tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the county-wide total to 25. Local health officer Julie Gibbs said both individuals are isolating in their homes and contact tracing has begun.

Eight people who previously tested positive for the virus are classified as recovered.

“i think it’s a good thing to remind the community how well we have done,” Gibbs said. “We are considered second in the whole state as far as our social distancing grade. We still need to abide by the stay-at-home order.”

Additionally, Gibbs issued a local health order extending childcare provisions in Riley County until May 2. This order is in response to Gov. Laura Kelly’s extension of the statewide stay-at-home order.

“Due to the increase of cases locally and statewide, and because we now have community spread, I have decided to extend the order on childcare facilities,” Gibbs said. “Based on this order, childcare will be carried out in stable groups of 10 or fewer.”

Children and caregivers cannot switch between stable groups. Caregivers should be taking temperatures when children arrive and again before they leave.

“We know that childcare is vital for working parents at this time,” Gibbs said.

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