The City of Manhattan is not planning to cancel any city-programed events, services or programs at this time related to coronavirus precautions. We are working closely with the Riley County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment to track the threat of coronavirus to residents. One case of coronavirus was confirmed in Johnson County Kansas on March 7, 2020. No cases have been confirmed in Riley County or Pottawatomie County.
Each person is encouraged to take precautions to avoid the spread of infection such as washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if you have symptoms of illness. The CDC is recommending that elderly people or those with compromised immune systems take extra precautions, such as avoiding large gatherings.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, such as fever, coughing, and shortness of breath, you should stay home and call your healthcare professional for guidance. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has an information hotline at 1-866-534-3463.
You can also find information online at:
Riley County Health Department https://www.rileycountyks.gov/covid19
Kansas Department of Health and Environment http://www.kdheks.gov/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/
With a changing situation, it is difficult to know what to expect. This is not the first crisis our community has faced and I am confident we can get through it together. Preparing for what might come, whether it’s a pandemic or severe weather season, is something we each need to do to keep our families safe. If you need advice, reach out to friends and neighbors, professionals, and look for reputable resources online like those listed above that can provide guidance. Also take time for self care, and remember to stay calm. We’ll continue to share updates as new information becomes available.