On Tuesday, the Riley County Health Department released a new local health order that will take effect July 8 and stay active for at least 12 days.
Earlier this week, the Riley County Commission decided against abiding by Gov. Laura Kelly’s statewide mask order, but wearing coverings over the nose and mouth is still encouraged — especially where social distancing isn’t possible.
Local Health Order No. 14 requires:
- Gatherings to be limited to 50 people
- Large meeting spaces to remain closed
- Employee screenings at the start of each shift
- Bars and restaurants to close to the public at midnight
On Tuesday, the county added eight new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the local total to 317. Recovered cases now surpass active cases with 169 recoveries and 145 current cases. The local death toll remains at three.
Riley County City Commissioners will discuss mask requirements within the city of Manhattan at their meeting at 7 p.m. this evening.
Businesses with questions about best practices should call the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce at 785-776-8829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional resources for reopening local businesses are available at regionreimagined.org.
Individuals with symptoms are encouraged to call the screening line at 785-323-6400. The screening line is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. People with non-emergent questions about COVID-19 in Riley County should send an email to email@example.com.
To be tested in Riley County, individuals must present at least two symptoms of COVID-19. The complete list of known symptoms is available on the health department website.