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Riley County EMS Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

Oct 16, 2020 | ,

Riley Co., Kan. — Riley County Emergency Medical Services (RCEMS) was notified on Wednesday, October 14 that a part-time, or “as-needed” employee tested positive for COVID-19.

RCEMS immediately conducted an investigation into any possible exposure to the public and other emergency staff. Contact tracing is in progress but it is believed that this employee’s exposure occurred after their last shift on duty with RCEMS. At this time, there is no indication of further spread to emergency services personnel or to the public.

The employee was last on-duty, and last had contact with the public, on Thursday, October 8. The employee did not have symptoms at that time.

“All RCEMS employees continue to wear masks in the common areas of the stations at all times and we continue to adhere to all CDC and KDHE guidelines for healthcare providers and their facilities,” said RCEMS Assistant Director Josh Gering. “We recognize the adverse impact this virus has had, and continues to have, on Riley County. We are not immune, we’ve felt it in our family too, and we are sympathetic to the community’s situation.”

All emergency medical services are fully supported and operational at this time. There have been no changes in response for the community.

Riley County Emergency Medical Services will not send news releases for future positive COVID-19 cases among employees.  Instead, the number of active, recovered, and positive cases will be reported each Monday morning as part of the weekly report to County Commissioners.

Riley County Commission Meetings take place every Monday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or until adjourned. The public can watch meetings in person at the Commission Chambers located at 115 N 4th Street in Manhattan, or on the Riley County Commission Meetings YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD0Qs5pO_RGSyQbM4szh3RQ.

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