Riley County Health Department charts showing the weekly percent positive rate in the county. (Courtesy graphic)

Riley County health officials are now reporting 523 active COVID-19 cases in the county.

That number is nearly double what it was one week ago (225) and 112 cases more since Friday’s report. The percent positive rate last week (meaning the number of positive cases divided by the number of tests administered) is around 31.18 percent, meaning of the 914 tests administered last week, 285 of them returned as positive. The adjusted percent positive rate from the week before increased from 11.67 percent as reported last week, to 14.5 percent. (That number includes results that hadn’t become official when the prior counting period ended).

Speaking at Monday’s Riley County Commission meeting, local health officer Julie Gibbs said most of the new cases, as anticipated, involve K-State students.
“Most of the new cases are from that 18 to 24 year old age range. Probably about 95 percent of them,” she said.
Active outbreaks involve at least eight K-State fraternities or sororities as well as 10 K-State football players.
Active Outbreaks in Riley County:

  • Alpha Delta Pi: 6
  • Alpha Xi Delta: 6
  • Chi Omega: 5
  • Kappa Delta: 7
  • K-State Football: 10
  • Pi Beta Phi: 5
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon: 5
  • Delta Sigma Phi: 8
  • Phi Delta Theta: 21
  • USD 384 School District Office: 7

“The more interaction you have with others, the greater your risk of catching the virus,” Gibbs said in a Monday news release. “Take steps to slow the spread, and when you do have to be around others, make sure to keep your distance and exercise caution.”

The health department has been meeting with USD 383 officials this week as district officials weigh the percent positive rate on how it plans to continue delivering education in the new school year. The two week average is calculated currently at 23.05 percent. The district has said a major factor to altering students to an all distance learning mode is the 10 percent threshold. Other factors are also considered. The district has said it will give parents a one week notice prior to any changes made to how curriculum is delivered.

As of Monday, two patients were being monitored at Manhattan’s Ascension Via Christi hospital and one person under investigation.

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