Riley County reports first COVID-19-related death

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On Tuesday, Riley County reported its first death from COVID-19-related complications.

The man, who was in his 30s, tested positive for COVID-19 last month and had a preexisting condition. A press release from the county said the lack of travel in his history and the lack of exposure to other known positive cases likely indicates he contracted COVID-19 through community spread.

“My heart goes out to the patient’s family and friends and I extend my deepest condolences to them,” local health officer Julie Gibbs said in the press release.

He was admitted to Ascension Via Christi in April, but was transferred to a hospital in Wichita about a week ago.

At this time, there are no new cases to report. The total number of active cases in the county dropped to 12 on Monday.

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My name is Kaylie McLaughlin and I'm the managing editor and audience engagement manager of the Collegian. Previously, I've been the editor-in-chief and the news editor. In the past, I have also contributed to the Royal Purple Yearbook and KKSU-TV. Off-campus, you can find my bylines in the Wichita Eagle, the Shawnee Mission Post and KSNT News. I grew up just outside of Kansas City in Shawnee, Kansas. I’m a senior in digital journalism with a minor in French and a secondary focus in international and area studies. As a third-generation K-Stater, I bleed purple and my goal is to serve the Wildcat community with accurate coverage.