TAKE A LOOK: COVID-19 in Riley County by the numbers on Oct. 28

(Infographic by Kaylie McLaughlin | Collegian Media Group)

The Riley County Health Department reported 37 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the local total to 2,177.

People 18 to 24-years-old make up about 70 percent of all positive cases recorded locally — about 1,500 of the unique cases.

In all, 2,066 people who previously tested positive for COVID-19 are recovered, leaving 100 active cases.

(Infographic by Kaylie McLaughlin | Collegian Media Group)
(Infographic by Kaylie McLaughlin | Collegian Media Group)

Riley County counts 11 COVID-19-related deaths to date, announcing three new deaths this month.

There are two positive patients currently hospitalized at Ascension Via Christi in Manhattan.

Riley County reported a 7.7 percent positivity rate for the week of Oct. 18, a 2.5 percent increase from the previous week. The most recent report from Kansas State showed an on-campus positivity rate of 1.98 percent.

Local health officer Julie Gibbs said though cases are rising substantially across the state of Kansas and the U.S., Riley County’s overall COVID-19 situation outlook is good.

“Many areas in Kansas have seen large increases in case numbers in recent weeks, but the safety measures we have in place locally have helped keep our numbers low,” Gibbs said in a press release. “I commend the community for all the hard work and effort they’ve put in. We’ll get through this if we continue to work together, wear masks and keep our distance.”

Since Aug. 17, the first day of classes at Kansas State, the county has added more than 1,500 new cases of COVID-19.

Up-to-date information about pending tests is unavailable at this time. The local health department reports 17,484 negative results.

My name is Kaylie McLaughlin and I'm the ex-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.