TAKE A LOOK: COVID-19 by the numbers in Riley County on Dec. 14

(Infographic by Julie Freijat | Collegian Media Group)

On Monday, the Riley County Health Department reported two new COVID-19 related deaths after a 76-year-old male and 102-year-old female passed away at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. In all, 18 individuals have died from COVID-19 in Riley County.

Additionally, another 71 new cases of COVID-19 were announced on Monday, bringing the local total to 4,341. In all, 3,982 people who previously tested positive for COVID-19 in Riley County are recovered, leaving 341 active cases.

There are nine positive patients currently hospitalized at Ascension Via Christi in Manhattan, four of whom are in intensive care.

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

In the last report, the Riley County Health Department reported 13 active outbreaks, but because of a change in policy, active outbreak information will no longer be reported. Per the last report, there were four outbreaks associated with long term care facilities, one outbreak with a school, three with health care facilities, two with athletic teams and three with group living.

“As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve so do our practices and procedures to meet the needs of the public and to best serve them,” a press release from the county health department says. “As the number of positive coronavirus cases increases, we will focus our limited time and resources on actions that we believe will reduce the spread and discontinue other time-intensive tasks that may not produce the same results.”

Up-to-date information about pending tests is unavailable at this time. There have been at least 33,218 negative tests returned in Riley County.

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.