The Riley County Health Department reported 145 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the local total to 3,709. About 40 percent of all positive cases were documented in the month of November, local health officer Julie Gibbs said.
“There is also indication of widespread community spread, so you should assume that you will come into contact with the virus anytime you’re in public. If you have any symptoms of illness, please stay home and contact the Riley County Screening Line or your doctor for advice,” Gibbs said in a press release.
People 18 to 24-years-old make up about 59 percent of all positive cases recorded locally — about 2,200 unique cases.
In all, 3,364 people who previously tested positive for COVID-19 in Riley County are recovered, leaving 330 active cases.
There are 10 positive patients currently hospitalized at Ascension Via Christi in Manhattan. Two additional possible positive individuals are hospitalized.
In all, 15 individuals have died from COVID-19 related complications. Three deaths were announced in the month of November alone.
Riley County reported a 16 percent positivity rate for the week of Nov. 15, a slight decrease from the previous week. The most recent report from Kansas State showed an on-campus positivity rate below five percent.
Since Aug. 17, the first day of classes at K-State, the county added nearly 3,000 new cases of COVID-19.
Up-to-date information about pending and negative tests is unavailable at this time.