Riley County reports 4 new COVID cases, unveils interactive foot traffic map

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Riley County is reporting 4 new positive COVID-19 tests since Thursday.

With no additional recoveries reported, that brings the active case count to 107. Three positive patients are receiving care at Manhattan’s Ascension Via Christi Hospital and one patient with symptoms is in the facility awaiting test results.

In addition to 107 active cases, the county has reported 337 recoveries and 5 deaths of 449 confirmed cases. 147 tests are still pending and 4,393 have come back negative.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Andrew Adams writes in a release that the county also created a new layer to the Riley County IT/GIS system. That will allow users to view a map of the county and with an overlay showing the week’s foot traffic patterns and areas of high traffic in order to identify potential areas of exposure.

“We’ve been receiving a lot of messages asking where in the county people have been travelling. In response to those inquires, we have worked with Riley County IT/GIS to update the COVID-19 response hub on the County’s website with a new dataset showing foot traffic patterns and points of interest throughout Riley County,” says Adams. “Tracking this type of data allows the health department to quickly and efficiently identify potential areas of exposure and provides data to guide public health decision-making.”

That can be viewed online at https://coronavirus-response-rcitgis.hub.arcgis.com/

More information from Riley County can be found at RileyCountyKS.gov/Coronavirus

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 should call the Riley County Health Department’s Screening Hotline to speak with a nurse at 785-323-6400. The Screening Hotline is staffed Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After hours, please contact your physician, KStat, or other urgent care service if you have questions. If you have an emergency, call 911.

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