(RILEY COUNTY, KS – July 7, 2020) The number of positive cases in Riley County continues to increase by an average of 9-12 each day. In effort to slow the spread of the virus, Local Health Officer Julie Gibbs has issued Health Order No. 14. This order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 8 and will remain in effect for 12 days (11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 19), or until amended, superseded, or rescinded. “Thankfully, most of the recent patients have had mild cases and have not required hospitalization,” said Local Health Officer Julie Gibbs. “We still don’t know what long-term effects the virus might have on the body. If we take action now, hopefully we can prevent more people from being infected, and prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed.” Read the order at https://www.rileycountyks.gov/DocumentCenter/View/19144/Local-Health-Order-14 The mass gathering size will continue to be limited to 50 people and large venues will continue to be closed. Businesses and other locations that are open shall comply with the following additional restrictions:
Social distancing practices should also continue:
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. The public can find more information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html The Manhattan City Commission will discuss a proposed ordinance requiring the use of masks or face coverings at their 7:00 p.m. meeting today. The meeting will be held virtually and no Commissioners will be present at City Hall. Watch the meeting online at cityofmhk.com, on Cox cable channel 3, or on the City of Manhattan Facebook page /cityofmanhattan. Find instructions for submitting public comment at cityofmhk.com/comment. For more information about Riley County’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, visit the Riley County website at https://www.rileycountyks.gov/covid19, follow RCHD on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Rileycountyhealthdepartment/ and Twitter @RileyCoHealth.