Health department announces new COVID-19-related death

(Infographic by Julie Freijat | Collegian Media Group)

In the latest COVID-19 update released on April 6, the Riley County Health Department identified one new death, making the total 80 deaths in Riley County since the beginning of the pandemic. According to the report, the death of the 101-year-old, fully-vaccinated woman was confirmed by the Office of Vital Statistics last week.

Active cases increased from eight to sixteen since the previous report. However, Ascension Via Christi only has one COVID-19 hospitalization, according to RCHD.

The positivity rate was 0.00 percent on-campus for the week of March 28 through April 1. Ninety-two tests were administered, down 105 from the previous week.

Beginning Monday, April 4, all RCHD-sponsored testing moved to 3019 Anderson Ave, with free rapid and PCR tests available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with no appointment. The service is available through the end of April.

The health department will continue providing COVID-19 vaccinations with or without an appointment. Walk-in vaccinations are available at 2030 Tecumseh Road from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday-Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday. Individuals can schedule appointments by calling (785) 565-6560. However, COVID-19 testing is longer available at the location.