Health department announces two new COVID-19-related deaths, 898 new positive cases

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(Infographic by Julie Freijat | Collegian Media Group)

In the latest COVID-19 update for Riley County, released on Jan. 26, the health department announced two new deaths attributed to COVID-19. A 70-year-old unvaccinated male died on Jan. 25, and a 75-year-old fully vaccinated and boosted male died on Jan. 24. This brings the local total to 72 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Since its last report on Jan. 19, the Riley County Health Department identified 898 new COVID-19 cases and 973 additional recoveries. Eleven COVID-19 positive patients are being cared for at Ascension Via Christi, four of which are in the Intensive Care Unit. Currently, there are 976 active cases of COVID-19 in the county.

The positivity rate for the week of Jan. 16-22 was 21.57 percent. On campus for the same time frame, the positivity rate was 27.10 percent.

Riley County Health Department also announced that county residents can voluntarily report at home COVID-19 test results. However, contact tracing will not be done on self-reported test results, nor will those statistics be added to the weekly report as of now.

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My name is Jared Shuff, and I am a former editor-in-chief of the Collegian. Previously, I worked as the arts & culture editor and as a contributing writer for the news desk. I am a senior in secondary education with an emphasis in English/journalism. I grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas, and attended Hutchinson Community College before transferring to K-State in 2020.