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Riley County confirms first case of coronavirus

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Published: Mar. 20, 2020 at 1:55 PM CDT
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Riley County EMS has confirmed that one person in the county has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Officials say a 51 year old male, Manhattan resident had recently returned from overseas travel, before having symptoms.

The resident went to the hospital on March 17th, with healthcare providers at the facility following protocols to contain and stop the spread of the virus.

Local public officials will be contact the individuals who the individual had close contact with and could have been exposed to COVID-19.

Those individuals will be closely monitored for symptoms, and officials reminded the public that this is the only case in Riley County at this time.

Public Health officials are working with the individual to gather a list of public places the individual may have visited, and that information will be released to the public when it becomes available.

“There is currently no evidence of widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in Riley County, or the regional area, so the risk to the residents remains low.” Riley County Health Department, public health officer, Julie Gibbs says.

If you have symptoms, fever, cough, or shortness of breath, Riley County officials are asking you to call the Screening Call Center at 785-323-6400. If you have other symptoms, call your healthcare provider.

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