The Riley County Health Department announced 140 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the county on Wednesday, bringing the local total to 381 active cases. There are 42 additional recoveries.
In all, 5,173 people in Riley County have tested positive for COVID-19, and 4,770 people have recovered.
On Monday, two COVID-19 related deaths were announced, bringing the local total to 22. A 79-year-old male and an 82-year-old male passed away last week at Ascension Via Christi Hospital.
There are 15 positive patients hospitalized at Ascension Via Christi hospital in Manhattan — three are in the intensive care unit.
The 14-day positivity for Dec. 27 to Jan. 2 is 14.5 percent — a 3.2 percent increase from the week before.
People aged 18-24 make up approximately 48 percent of all positive cases in the county.
The health department will not receive a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines this week.
“We have distributed all of the coronavirus vaccine doses we have received so far. We were notified by KDHE that we will not receive a vaccine shipment this week, but we might get more doses next week,” local health officer Julie Gibbs said. “On Mondays, the state receives an update about how many doses they will receive, then they work as quickly as possible to distribute across the state. It is a difficult process and we are doing everything we can to be ready at a moment’s notice”
Health departments now only receive a few hours notice before the vaccine shipment arrives.