Since Tuesday, Riley County has returned 29 COVID-19 tests, 15 of which — or about 50 percent — are positive. In all, 1,310 people have tested positive for COVID-19.
Since Aug. 17 — the first day of classes at Kansas State — the county has added more than 810 new cases of COVID-19.
“We are asking young people to make sacrifices and change their social behavior,” local health officer Julie Gibbs said. “Changing social behavior can feel like something too small to make a major impact on the community, but it is vitally important right now.”
For the first time in weeks, the number of recovered cases surpassed active cases with 704 recovered cases and 600 active cases. Riley County has documented six COVID-19-related deaths. The most recent death was announced on Sept. 2 after a 91-year-old male resident of Homestead of Manhattan Assisted Living Facility passed away at Stormont Vail hospital in Topeka.
At this time, there have been 7,584 negative tests administered in the county and 191 tests are pending.
The county has identified 15 COVID-19 outbreaks in the community, 13 of which are associated with K-State.
The current outbreaks in the county are:
- Delta Sigma Phi fraternity with 20 cases
- Phi Delta Theta fraternity with 21 cases
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity with five cases
- Theta Xi fraternity with 10 cases
- Alpha Delta Pi sorority with 12 cases
- Alpha Xi Delta sorority with seven
- Chi Omega sorority with six cases
- Gamma Phi Beta with five cases
- Kappa Delta sorority with seven cases
- Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority with nine cases
- Pi Beta Phi sorority with five cases
- Sigma Kappa sorority with six cases
- K-State football with 12 cases
- Homestead Assisted Living with nine cases
- USD 384 School District Office with seven cases
For an outbreak to be declared complete by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the local health department, 28 days — or two incubation periods — must pass without a new positive case.
There are currently three people hospitalized at Ascension Via Christi hospital in Manhattan.