Manhattan man first COVID-19 case in Riley County


RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (KSNT) – The Riley County Health Department announced its first confirmed case of COVID-19.

In response, Julie Gibbs, the Local Health Officer, issued an order prohibiting all public gatherings of more than 10 people, effective at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21, according to a release from the county.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reporting 44 cases in Kansas as of March 20 at their 1:30 p.m. press conference. The case in Riley County brings that total up to 45.

The Riley County Health Department said the positive case is a 51- year old man who lives in Manhattan, who’s recently traveled overseas. Gibbs said the man is isolated in his home and is following guidance by the CDC and RCHD.

Gibbs said the man arrived at a local hospital on March 17, where health care providers contained and stopped the spread of the virus. Local health officials are working to identify and contact those who may have been in close contact with the man.

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