Riley County reports 79 new coronavirus cases, 265 recoveries

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Riley County has 79 new coronavirus cases since Monday’s report, but saw 265 additional recoveries.

Ascension Via Christi is caring for three positive patients. The health department has also identified 13 cases from early September that had not been tracked through the state’s electronic disease surveillance system. Each of those patients have since recovered.

Recent reports from contact tracing staff have revealed more reluctance from patients who test positive to provide close contact information. The health department says it is essential for positive patients to share information about the people they have spent more than 10 minutes with in the 48 hours before they first started noticing symptoms.

There are currently 591 active cases and 1,123 recovered. Eight Riley County residents have died from COVID-19 complications.

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