2 new deaths occurred in relay company associated with COVID-19 outbreak


RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) – The Riley County Health Department is reporting two new deaths related to the outbreak at an aid center in Manhattan.

According to the most recent report from RCHD, the two people who died over the weekend were from Homestead Assisted Living in Manhattan.

The two most recent deaths bring the total number of deaths in Riley County to eight.

“Losing loved ones, and sometimes not being able to leave them in their last moments, is truly heartbreaking. I am deeply sorry for the loss that people have experienced. We will continue to work to keep our community safe and sound, and we need your help to do so. Please stay home if you are ill, share information with the contact tracing staff if they call, and follow safety guidelines from the CDC, ”said Julie Gibbs, a local health officer.

The Health Department has been reporting 43 positive COVID-19 cases since its final report on Friday, with no new recovery.

There are 663 active cases with 719 total recoveries.

“Trial results have begun to arrive for free test events held last week in Riley County. Contact tracing staff are making phone calls to participants as soon as information is available. Roughly 100 out of 567 test results have been received. Only 1 patient out of the first group of 100 results has been positive, ”the county said in a news release.

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