Source: Riley County Health Department (Jan. 11, 2021)

Ascension Via Christi is now caring for 18 COVID positive patients, the highest number of active hospitalizations in Riley County to date.

The Riley County Health Department also reported Monday it has two patients under investigation at the hospital, four of the positive patients are in the Intensive Care Unit. The grim report comes amid 106 new positive cases reported since Friday and 91 additional recoveries. The number of active cases climbed to 477, compared to 283 active cases just one week ago.

Local Health Officer Julie Gibbs spoke with Riley County commissioners Monday about WellHealth’s saliva based testing which continues at CiCo Park.

“They’ve so far administered 2,815 tests since they started on Dec. 18. Of those, 302 have tested positives, about 10 percent,” he said.

The health department has still only received the single shipment of Moderna vaccines from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment containing 200 doses. It says additional vaccines were provided in collaboration with Konza Prairie Community Health Center, allowing nearly 500 people to receive vaccines so far.

The health department anticipates receiving a second shipment of boosters to complete the required second dose of the vaccine needed for immunization.

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