Riley County reporting two new cases of COVID-19, 13 recoveries

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On Monday, the Riley County Health Department reported two new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 29.

The new cases are reported in a male in his 40s and a female in her 30s. They are isolating at their homes. Local health officer Julie Gibbs said neither individual has travel in their history so community spread is expected.

“I think we are going to be seeing [community spread] more often,” Gibbs said. “Just assume that everyone has it.”

At this time, no Riley County residents are hospitalized for COVID-19 related illnesses. There have not been many severe cases and most of Riley County’s positives have presented mostly in younger individuals.

There are now 13 individuals who previously tested positive with the virus that are considered recovered. To be counted as recovered, individuals must show a considerable decline in symptoms and be fever free for at least three days. When they are given the all clear, Gibbs said they are given a letter to document their recovery.

The county is prepared to set up an Alternate Care Site, but at this time, there isn’t demand for the facility. If necessary, it would have a respiratory care clinic and a swabbing site. It could be activated at a later date, Gibbs said, if certain trigger points are met.

“Right now, we are doing well,” Gibbs said.

Assistant director of the Riley County Police Department Kurt Moldrup said overall community members and businesses are complying with the stay-at-home order. Moldrup said some house parties were recently broken up around the county.

“Citations can and will be written if necessary,” Moldrup said. “We do have the ability to take enforcement action.”

Though they aren’t required, masks can help stop the spread of the virus and are recommended. Additionally, good hand hygiene, regular physical exercise and healthy foods are important right now, Gibbs said.

Individuals with symptoms are encouraged to call the screening line at 785-323-6400. People with non emergent questions about COVID-19 in Riley County should send an email to

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