Riley County remains in the HIGH incidence category for new COVID infections.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says 112 new cases were recorded the final week of July (23rd through the 29th). The Incidence Rate is 151, which remains above the 100 cases per 100,000 people threshold that KDHE uses for its metrics. Ascension Via Christi had seven patients in the hospital Wednesday, including two being treated in the Intensive Care Unit.

The message this week from the Riley County Health Department Director remains the same, stating if you’re not feeling well or have any reason to suspect you may have COVID, you should stay home, take a COVID test, and seek medical care if you have severe symptoms. The health department is urging a “marathon mentality” to follow health guidelines and to get vaccinated.

Vaccines remain available at the health department for everyone older than six months of age.