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Since Aug. 17 — the first day of classes at Kansas State — the total number of COVID-19 cases in the county has more than doubled.
One outbreak is associated with K-State football. The team has 10 positive cases. The other eight associated with K-State are in Greek life.
The increase is more than the county was anticipating, Vivienne Uccello, public information officer for the city of Manhattan, said, even with classes restarting on Kansas State's campus.
O'Malley's received the order due to violations of Local Health Order 18 which states "all individuals present within the city limits of Manhattan must comply with the local mask ordinance."
Most of the newer cases have been mild and were only tested because they were a close contact of another positive, not necessarily because they had symptoms, Andrew Adams, public health emergency preparedness coordinator, said.
Venues of 2,000 person capacity or more are cleared to reopen under new Local Health Order No. 18.
Mayor Usha Reddi released pictures on her Facebook page from bars and restaurants in Aggieville on Thursday and Friday nights. Patrons at O'Malley's can be seen standing closely together and not wearing masks.
The records don't have to be made available to the Riley County Health Department. Bars or restaurants who want to voluntarily submit screenings can contact the health department.
The overall trend in new cases is downward, local health officer Julie Gibbs said, a fact she attributes to community support of and compliance with health orders like the city of Manhattan mask mandate.
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Though the local situation has started to steady as new case rates trend downward, the Riley County Health Department is focusing on preventative measures in anticipation of a population surge when students return to town, local health officer Julie Gibbs said.
The new local order continues some of the existing policies established by the previous order, including gathering size limitations, but institutes some more strict guidance for restaurants and bars.
"It's those proactive measures we can take now to prevent those consequences," Vivienne Uccello, public information officer for the city of Manhattan, said.
The new order took effect Monday morning.
Local health officer Julie Gibbs said the COVID-19 crisis will ebb and flow for the foreseeable future, especially as students at Kansas State return to town.
Riley County currently has 337 confirmed positives — 141 of which are considered active cases and 193 are considered recovered cases.
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For the first time in "a long time," COVID-19 recoveries outpace active cases in Riley County, local health officer Julie Gibbs said. There are 181 people considered recovered and 141 current cases.