Source: Riley County Health Department Oct. 6, 2021

Riley County health officials confirmed the death of a 79-year-old man who tested positive recently for COVID-19.

The man was fully vaccinated, and died Sept. 30 after testing positive just two weeks earlier. His death represents the 59th COVID-related death in Riley County.

New COVID infections for the past week totaled 49 with 58 additional recoveries identified since the Sept. 29 report. Since December, the health department has seen 214 positive cases from variants of concern.

As of Wednesday, six COVID-positive patients were under care at Ascension Via Christi Hospital, including five unvaccinated individuals. Three unvaccinated patients are in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

The percent positive rate in Riley County dropped to 3.1 percent, down from 3.6 percent the week before, though testing has also continued to decrease.

Information shared from the Riley County Health Department:

Riley County Statistics for October 6

  • Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 7,920

  • Total active: 81

  • Total recovered: 7,780

  • Total deaths: 59

  • Total variant cases: 214

Vaccine Operations: 

Riley County Health Department itself has fully vaccinated 22,720 of the 64,433 eligible Riley County residents. This figure does not include those vaccinated at pharmacies and other medical facilities in the area.

Third doses of the Pfizer vaccine are now available for the following populations:

  • People aged 65 years and older, regardless of a medical condition, should receive a Pfizer booster shot

  • Residents in long-term care settings should receive a Pfizer booster shot

  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a Pfizer booster shot

  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a Pfizer booster shot

  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a Pfizer booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks.

The vaccine booster dose only applies to individuals who completed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine series at least 6 months ago.

Please call 785-565-6560 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to schedule your vaccine or with any additional questions.


Rapid and saliva testing is available for free.

Testing is offered:

  • Monday through Friday KDHE will be at the Manhattan Town Center parking lot on the north side from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Rapid testing (antigen) is only for symptomatic individuals. The medical staff on-site will determine which test is most appropriate.

  • Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Riley County Health Department. Please park in the spots on Wharton Manor Road. No appointment is needed.

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