Update: KDHE confirms one additional COVID related death in Riley County


*Updated 9:30 a.m. Saturday

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has confirmed one new death related to COVID-19 in Riley County.

The death involved a 96-year-old woman who was a resident of Leonardville Nursing Home. The woman died on June 26 after testing positive for COVID-19 on June 10, although she was not showing symptoms at the time of the test. KDHE notified the health department and the Office of Vital Statistics classified her cause of death as COVID-19. She is the second Leonardville Nursing Home resident and fourth Riley County resident to die from COVID-19.

The nursing home was the site of an outbreak involving five positive cases that was determined to be resolved earlier this month.

“Both Meadowlark Hills and Leonardville Nursing Home continue to take preventive measures to stop and slow the spread of disease in their facilities. Staff acted quickly to respond to positive cases,” said RCHD Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Andrew Adams. “The disease impacts everyone differently, but it is particularly dangerous for older patients and people with other health conditions such as COPD, diabetes, and heart disease.”

Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community, which has been associated with eight positive cases so far, has not had any more residents or staff test positive. A second round of tests were administered to residents and staff earlier this week. Approximately 80 people were tested in each round. Results of the second round of tests are still pending.

Riley County has confirmed one more active case and three more recoveries since Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases to 113 and recoveries to 302. Pottawatomie County confirmed it had seven active cases Friday and 98 recoveries. Ascension Via Christi Hospital had three COVID-19 positive patients as of Friday, including one on a ventilator, and one person under investigation.

Riley County Statistics for Friday, July 24, 2020:

  • Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 419
  • Total Active: 113
  • Total Recovered: 299
  • Total deaths: 4
  • Pending test results: 199
  • Negative test results: 4,071
  • Average age: 31.1 years old
  • Gender: Female: 47.3% (198), Male 52.7% (221)

Pottawatomie County Statistics for Friday, July 24, 2020:

  • Total positive cases in Riley County Residents: 105
  • Total Active: 7
  • Total Recovered: 98
  • Total deaths: 0
  • Pending test results: 22
  • Total tests: 1,856




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