On Friday, the Riley County Health Department added another death to the local COVID-19 death toll. A 67-year-old male passed away at his home in Manhattan from COVID-19 complications, marking the eleventh death in the county.
He is also the second death announced this week. The other patient was a 96-year-old female who actually passed away in early September. She was a resident of Homestead Assisted Living facility in Manhattan. Hers was the fourth death and one of more than 20 cases associated with the outbreak at Homestead Assisted Living facility. A reason was not given for the delay in reporting her death.
The Riley County Health Department reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday as well, bringing the local total to 2,035.
People 18 to 24-years-old make up more than 77 percent of all positive cases recorded locally — more than 1,500 of the unique cases.
In all, 1,917 people who previously tested positive for COVID-19 are recovered, leaving just 107 active cases.
Two patients are currently hospitalized at Ascension Via Christi.
Riley County reported a 7.4 percent positivity rate for the week of Oct. 4, a 1.4 percent decrease from the previous week. In the same week, the campus positivity rate fell below two percent.
Since Aug. 17 — the first day of classes at Kansas State — the county added more than 1,500 cases of COVID-19. Up-to-date information about negative tests and pending tests is unavailable at this time.