Source: Riley County Health Department (Dec. 22, 2021)

Riley County identified 131 new COVID-19 cases and 110 additional recoveries in its latest weekly report Wednesday.

That brings the active case count to 227 countywide, with a percent positive rate for new infections currently at 7.6 percent. The health department says so far, no cases of the new Omicron variant in Riley County, despite surging numbers being reported across the country. Health officials are urging vaccines to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.

COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the Riley County Health Department are booked up through mid-January due to a steady demand for shots, the holidays and some staffing shortages.

Director Julie Gibbs tells KMAN, three nurses have been trained, but they’re also down a clinic supervisor. Amid losing some of its COVID funding, Gibbs says some resources, including staffing, will be dwindling in the new year.

Riley County Statistics for December 22, 2021:

  • Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 8,861
  • Total active: 227
  • Total recovered: 8.569
  • Total deaths: 65

Percent Positive
Two-Week Average: 7.28% (down from 7.52%)

  • Tested Positive: 254
  • Tested Negative: 3,235
  • Total Tested: 3,489

Week 50 (December 12 – 18) 7.59%

  • Total Positives: 148
  • Total Tested: 1,949

Week 49 (December 5-11)  6.88%

  • Total Positives: 106
  • Total Tested: 1,540

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