Riley County remains in the high incidence rate category for COVID-19 transmissions for a second straight week.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recorded 92 new cases between June 18th and June 24th. The Incidence Rate is 123.9, well above the 100 case threshold per 100,000 people metric the department uses for its data collection.

Ascension Via Christi reported one COVID-19 positive patient in Wednesday’s report.

The Riley County Health Department will begin offering the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines Thursday to children as young as six months old. A parent or legal guardian must be present with any child under 18. Johnson & Johnson vaccines will remain available to adults until July 9 at the health department.

The availability of vaccines for young children will also affect childcare facilities. The health department says close contacts are no longer automatically quarantined if the child is up to date on vaccines.

In a statement Tuesday, Director Julie Gibbs said vaccines are the best way to provide durable protection from the virus and guard against potential complications from severe disease. She recommends speaking with your local pediatrician if you have any questions.

Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged by contacting the health department at (785) 776-4779 ext. 7675.