Riley County issues Stay at Home Order

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RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) - Riley County Health Department has issued a Stay at Home order which will go into effect, Sunday, March 29th at 12:01 AM, and will remain in effect for 14 days.

There are currently two known positive cases of the coronavirus in the county, a 57-year-old woman who the county says is "doing well" and is currently in isolation in Topeka, and a Fort Riley soldier who had recently traveled to Los Angeles and is also in home isolation.

Most of the county has already been staying at home with the previously given advice from the Riley County Health Department.

The Stay at Home order will require some changes to be made by businesses which have remained open, as they may not be considered as providing an essential product or service.

The Riley County Emergency Operations center is working to develop a comprehensive list of businesses that are considered to be essential.

“We still want you to stay at home unless you need essentials, like food, or you need to get out for healthcare.” Riley County Health Department, director and local health officer, Julie Gibbs says.

“Please understand that these decisions also affect our friends and our family members and we did not come to this decision easily.” Riley County Police Department, assistant director, Kurt Moldrup says.

During the Stay at Home order, officials may decide to extend the stay at home order, which would be announced if that decision is made. For more information on the Riley County Stay at Home order, please visit Riley County Health Department website.