Source: Riley County Health Department (Jan. 5, 2022)

COVID numbers continue to climb locally, with the Riley County Health Department Wednesday confirming 161 new infections and 176 more recoveries since Dec. 29.

The health department is monitoring 206 active cases while the percent of positive test results rose to over 14 percent for the week of Dec. 26.

Ascension Via Christi was caring for 23 COVID-positive patients Wednesday. The health department says it’s the highest number hospitalized locally since the start of the pandemic. The hospital has 16 patients on the medical floor and 7 in its Intensive Care Unit. Those seven ICU patients are all on ventilators. The health department says 17 of the hospitalized patients are unvaccinated, including six of the ICU patients.

Testing for symptomatic individuals continues at the health department, but appointments are filling up quickly. Free drive thru testing continues also at the Manhattan Town Center north parking lot.

The health department is also experiencing reduced funding, leading to 8.5 less positions, or 340 hours of staff time per week and the gap will be filled by KDHE contact tracing staff.

The rise in new cases is not entirely unexpected following the holidays, coupled with local cases of influenza also beginning to tick upward, though no data is officially tracked locally on flu cases.

Riley County Statistics for January 5, 2022:

  • Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 9,170
  • Total active: 206
  • Total recovered: 8.898
  • Total deaths: 66

Percent Positive
Two-Week Average: 11.80% (up from 7.78%)

  • Tested Positive: 332
  • Tested Negative: 2,481
  • Total Tested: 2,813

Week 51 (December 19 – 25)  9.35%

  • Total Positives: 140
  • Total Tested:   1,497

Week 52 (December 26 – January 1) 14.59%

  • Total Positives:   192
  • Total Tested:    1,316

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