Positive COVID-19 cases outpace recoveries in Riley County; Pottawatomie County sees total increase of 11 cases

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Riley County health officials on Monday saw new positive cases of coronavirus slightly outpace the number of additional recoveries.

The health department tallied 67 new cases and 51 additional recoveries since Friday’s report. One positive patient remains hospitalized at Ascension Via Christi.

Local health officer Julie Gibbs informed the county commission Monday that testing remains ongoing at their swabbing station.  They are still working with Konza Prairie Community Health on staffing for their permanent respiratory clinic and swabbing sites.  Gibbs hope to open those sites by mid-October.

“Meanwhile, Konza is still doing swabbing in the tent in the afternoons in the [health department]parking lot.  They are seeing about an average of 18 people everyday,” says Gibbs.

Additional free testing events are being planned in Riley County in the coming weeks.  The health department is looking to hold one on Thursday, Oct 1, with a yet to be determined location.  Gibbs says flu shots will soon be available as well.  Those vaccinations will take place in the morning at the swabbing site in the health department’s parking lot.

There are currently 777 active cases and 858 recovered.  The percent positive rate for Riley County for the week of Sep 13-19 is 13.3%.  The two week percent is 12.7%.

Pottawatomie County added 11 new cases for a total of 223 positive cases.  There are currently 32 active cases, which is an increase of 7.  There are also 191 recoveries, an increase of 4.  There are currently no Pottawatomie County COVID hospitalizations.

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