Mar 21, 2020 12:30 AM

🎥 Reno County reports first case of coronavirus

Posted Mar 21, 2020 12:30 AM

HUTCHINSON— Reno County has its first case of coronavirus. Reno County Health Department Director Nick Baldetti reported the finding Friday evening.

Baldetti says a woman over the age of 60 was tested two days ago and the results came back today. The female is in self-quarantine and is doing well.

Officials are doing a backtrack of the patients whereabouts and travel and contact history which usually goes back about two weeks, according to Baldetti.

In addition to this case, the state reported 44 cases of the virus Friday including 23 in Johnson County.

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Mar 21, 2020 12:30 AM
Group wants Riley County official gone over virus remarks
Marvin Rodriguez-photo Riley County

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — An activist group is pushing for the resignation of Riley County Commissioner Marvin Rodriquez over comments he made related to coronavirus and Chinese people.

The Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice said Monday that Rodriquez should resign for saying at a March meeting that Manhattan, Kansas, wasn't at high risk for the coronavirus because it doesn't have many Chinese residents.

The advocates contend such remarks fuel hatred toward Asians, by promoting a belief that China is responsible for the coronavirus pandemic. Rodriquez had earlier apologized for his remarks, saying he likes Chinese food and has Chinese friends.