UPDATE: Riley County sees one COVID-19 positive test in a week, Pott. County sees just two

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Update 2:30 p.m. Friday:

A new COVID-19 positive test has been reported Friday afternoon by health officials, the first positive seen in a week.

They identify the individual as a 63-year-old man and say disease investigation is ongoing. That makes 6 active cases in the county and a cumulative total of 61 positive novel coronavirus tests. Two people under investigation remain hospitalized awaiting test results. Overall, 102 COVID-19 tests are pending.

Original:

Riley County novel coronavirus cases continue on a downward trend, seeing a full week without a new positive test.

Officials Friday morning reported just 5 active COVID-19 cases in the county. Zero of those individuals are hospitalized, though Via Christi hospital reports 2 people awaiting test results in the building. Fifty-four Riley County residents have recovered from the disease and one local person has died. A cumulative 60 individuals have tested positive.

Pottawatomie County Friday reports 4 active COVID-19 cases. The county has seen two new positive tests since last Friday. Seventeen individuals have recovered and a cumulative 23 residents have tested positive.

Additionally, Riley County unveiled Local Order No. 9 Thursday in response to Gov. Laura Kelly’s roll out of phase 2 of her plan to re-open businesses and public spaces — both in effect Friday.

The new order follows the state plan in most regards, expanding permitted gathering sizes to 15 and allowing many closed businesses to re-open. Venues with a 2,000 person capacity, fairs and festivals, public pools and summer camps all remain closed. Previously slated to open in phase 2 at 50 percent capacity, bars and nightclubs also remain closed locally and across the state — though bars with category 1 and 2 licenses, such as those that serve food, may open.

Salons and hair cutting establishments are also permitted to open with no further local restrictions, though state professional regulatory bodies have implemented their own health standards for licensed businesses. Complaints or concerns about a business’s practices are encouraged to contact the Kansas Board of Cosmetology.

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