Riley County Health Department hopeful Omicron surge is over

(Infographic by Julie Freijat | Collegian Media Group)

The total number of active cases in Riley County is now 638 as of Feb. 3, 2022. There are no new deaths and a decreased two-week positivity rate.

In the latest COVID-19 update for Riley County, released on Feb. 3, Local Health Officer Julie Gibbs announced they are hopeful the Omicron surge is past.

“Thankfully, the local case numbers are starting to drop,” Gibbs said in the updated announcement. “We’re hopeful that the peak of the Omicron surge in Riley County is behind us.”

Since its last report on Jan. 26, the Riley County Health Department identified 607 new COVID-19 cases and 948 additional recoveries, a decrease of 341 active cases since this past week’s update.

Eleven COVID-19 positive patients are being cared for at Ascension Via Christi — four in the Intensive Care Unit and three on ventilators.

There are 638 active cases of COVID-19 in the county, which results in a decreased two-week rolling percent positivity rate. The rate dropped from 24.06 percent to 17.84 percent.

The positivity rate for the week of Jan. 23-29 was 13.21 percent. On-campus for the same time frame, the positivity rate was 26.65 percent.

Riley County Health Department also announced the Kansas Department of Health and Environment testing site in the mall parking lot closed on Feb. 2, but a new indoor testing site opened on Feb. 3 at 3019 Anderson Avenue in the Plaza West Shopping Center. All clients need to park and walk inside for a test. Patients must wear a mask to enter the building.