Riley County confirms slight uptick in percent positive rate, slight decline in hospitalizations


Source: Riley County Health Department (Jan. 13, 2021)

After Manhattan’s Ascension Via Christi Hospital reported its highest number of COVID-19 positive inpatients, that number has declined slightly.

Health officials (today) Wednesday confirmed Ascension Via Christi is caring for 23 positive patients, down from a high of 25, including five being treated in the Intensive Care Unit. In addition, 83 new positive cases and 80 more recoveries have been confirmed. The health department says there are 480 active cases currently in Riley County.

The percent of Riley County residents testing positive for COVID-19 during the first week of January was 12.6 percent, a jump of nearly 3 percent from the week before. The health department says 337 of the 2,675 residents who got tested were positive. The week prior, the the percent positive rate was 9.9 percent, from 232 positives out of 2,353 total tests.

The second shipment of Moderna vaccines are anticipated to arrive in Riley County by the end of this week. The health department says its vaccinated nearly 500 people to date.



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