Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There are no COVID-19 cases in Riley County, or Kansas. Risk of infection is low

What Are Coronaviruses? 

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can lead to illness in humans and animals. Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world, and can cause mild to moderate illness, like the common cold. Symptoms of infection by a coronavirus include: 

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  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Fever

Disease Transmission 

Coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person through cough and sneezing, closer personal contact, such as shaking hands, touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on it, and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing hands. 

Coronaviruses are common and many laboratory test results doctors order may show a positive coronavirus infection. That infection is not the same as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring an outbreak caused by a new coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China. Cases have been identified in multiple countries, including the United States. 

This coronavirus is different than viruses that are commonly found in the United States, and seen worldwide. 

Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19 include

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

It is believed the incubation period - the time between exposure and onset of symptoms - ranges from 2-14 days.

If you have traveled to China in recent weeks, or know someone who has, and are displaying any of these symptoms, please call your healthcare provider and contact the Riley County Heath Department. 

Prevention Infection

The best way to prevent illness is to: 

  • Practice good hand hygiene. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw the tissue in the trash 
  • Clean surfaces with a disinfectant 
  • If sick, stay home!

The CDC has a dedicated page for more information on the novel coronavirus. You can view that page (

What Is Riley County Health Department Doing?

RCHD is working closely with partners on the local, regional, and state level to ensure we are prepared in the event nCoV cases present in Riley County. 

For more information, please view the 2019-nCoV Fact Sheet

For more information, please visit the CDC’s Coronavirus webpage: 

KDHE has developed a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that is updated regularly. To view that list, please visit: