The Riley County Health Department announced one additional COVID-19 related death on Feb. 1, bringing the local death count to 31. The patient was a 76-year-old man who died Jan. 31.
The health department also announced 68 new positive cases and 147 recoveries. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 6,002 cases of COVID-19 in Riley County. Currently, 233 are active.
There are three individuals hospitalized at Ascension Via Christi hospital in Manhattan. One is in intensive care.
The health department continues to vaccinate individuals over the age of 65 with severe health conditions.
“We’re planning to vaccinate 600 people from the 65 and older age group Tuesday, along with some healthcare providers and first responders,” Julie Gibbs, local health officer, said in a press release. “The process is going much more smoothly than the first week. We’re learning from every clinic we conduct, but there’s a feeling of hope and gratitude here. As I look around I realize this is what we’ve all been working so hard for and it’s truly gratifying.”