Coronavirus: Riley County reports two more deaths, 11 patients in the hospital


Source: Riley County Health Department (Sept. 1, 2021)

Riley County Health Department officials confirmed two additional COVID-19 related deaths in the latest weekly report, bringing the total pandemic death toll for the county to 55.

According to Wednesday’s report, one individual was a 32 year old woman who died 10 days after testing positive. Her vaccination status has not been verified. The other was a 66-year-old fully vaccinated man who died two weeks after testing positive.

Riley County has identified 81 new positive Coronavirus cases and 64 additional recoveries since the last report on August 25, 2021. There are 137 active cases as of Wednesday and 11 COVID-positive patients under care at Ascension Via Christi Hospital. Three are in the Intensive Care Unit and one is in the rehab center. More than half of the active cases are among 18 to 34 year-olds in the community.

The percent positive rate actually fell a whole percentage point from the week before. For the two weeks combined, it’s at 4.36 percent.

Riley County Statistics for September 1 (Courtesy RCHD)

  • Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 7,467

  • Total active: 137

  • Total recovered: 7,275

  • Total deaths: 55

  • Total variant cases: 137

Vaccine Operations (RCHD): 

Third doses are now available for individuals with serious health conditions and have received two Moderna or Pfizer vaccine doses. These health conditions include:

  • Active treatment for a solid tumor or hematologic malignancies

  • Receipt of solid organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy

  • Receipt of stem cell transplant within the past 2 years

  • HIV infection

  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency

  • Treatment with high dose steroids or immunosuppressive drugs

Booster shot appointments are not available to the general public at this time. Please do not call the Health Department to schedule a vaccine appointment unless you have a serious health condition that meets the criteria above or if you need to schedule your first or second dose of the vaccine. Please continue to monitor the website for the latest information.

Vaccines are also being offered at the Riley County Health Department on Thursdays by appointment. Please call 785-565-6560 M-F between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to schedule an appointment.


Rapid and saliva testing is available for free. Testing is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Manhattan Town Center parking lot on the north side from 10-4. Please call our screening call center at 785-323-6400 for more information.


Week 34 (August 22 – August 28) 3.8 %

  • 65 positive

  • 1687 total tests

Week 33 (August 15 – August 21) 4.8 %

  • 88 positive

  • 1823 total tests

Two-week average: 4.36%

  • 153 positive

  • 3510 total tests


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