The Manhattan man who became Riley County’s first patient to be tested positive for the Coronavirus is a K-State faculty member. Andrew Smith, 51, is a professor in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism recently traveled with his famly and several journalism students to London to study abroad during spring break. Those students and family members are also quarantined in their homes.
Smith’s family posted on social media Saturday that he was being treated for bilateral pneumonia and was on oxygen at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. Riley County Health Department Director, Julie Gibbs, told KMAN Saturday that she hoped Smith could be released from the hospital in a couple of days.