Riley County tallies 15th coronavirus-related death; 136 new cases confirmed Friday


An 87-year-old Riley County woman has become the 15th local resident to die from COVID-19 complications since the virus first presented in March.

The health department says she was a resident of the Leonardville Nursing Home and died Tuesday, after initially testing positive on Nov. 3. No further information is being released.

The county tallied 136 new positive cases Friday but also added 209 to the recovered list. The health department is currently monitoring 436 active cases, including eight patients in the hospital and two persons under investigation, showing symptoms, but awaiting test results.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Pottawatomie County’s total increased by 27 cases while Geary County recorded 124 new cases since Wednesday. The state saw over 5,200 new cases since Wednesday along with 97 hospitalizations and 26 deaths.

The health department says free testing will resume Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at CiCo Park. Testing will every Thursday in December with the exception of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Both of those weeks, testing will take place on Monday, Dec. 21 and Monday, Dec. 28.


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