News Flash

City of Manhattan News

Posted on: October 23, 2020

Manhattan Fire Fighters Test Positive

Manhattan Fire Department logo

(MANHATTAN, KAN.  October 23, 2020)  The Manhattan Fire Department was notified today that five firefighters tested positive for COVID-19.  The firefighters that tested positive attended an event off-duty and are believed to have contracted the virus at the event.  

“We have worked on contingency plans for a potential outbreak situation since the beginning of the pandemic to ensure uninterrupted fire service for Manhattan,” Fire Chief Scott French said. “We will continue to provide reliable fire and emergency services to our residents as we always have.

Extensive contact tracing is being done to determine if other firefighters may have been exposed to asymptomatic coworkers. 

The Manhattan Fire Department immediately started an investigation to determine the level of contact with other emergency personnel and the public during the course of their duties. Employees who had close contact with a positive case will be tested and will follow CDC guidance for return to work. 

The Riley County Health Department is also conducting contact tracing to determine contacts with the public and will notify anyone who was a close contact. For privacy purposes, no personal information will be released about the firefighters.

“We are hopeful for a quick recovery for everyone affected by this virus, including our firefighters,” French said. “Unfortunately, this shows how quickly the virus can spread in certain situations and that no agency is immune from the impacts.”

The Manhattan Fire Department will not routinely 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 normally released Daily Response Form. 

Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@ManhattanFD)

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City of Manhattan News

2022 City Budget Approved

Posted on: September 29, 2021
photo of levee on Kansas River side

Levee Project Moving Forward

Posted on: September 24, 2021
photo of a child's feet pedaling a tricycle

Volunteers to Help Build Kid's Bike Park

Posted on: September 9, 2021
back 9 2

FUZE: An Aggieville Development Project

Posted on: August 24, 2021
Clear the Shelter logo with photo of puppy and kitten

Pet Poolooza and Clear the Shelters

Posted on: August 10, 2021

2021 Sanitary Sewer Line Maintenance

Posted on: July 12, 2021
photo of steam rising from manhole cover on Wreath Avenue

2021 Cured-in-Place Pipe Projects

Posted on: June 28, 2021
Rina Neal photo

Rina Neal Named Finance Director

Posted on: March 22, 2021
photo of fire apparatus and personnel working to put out a fire

House Fire Damages Attic

Posted on: February 8, 2021
architectural drawing of Stonehven Park

Stonehaven Master Plan

Posted on: January 25, 2021
photo of house key hanging from doorknob

Kansas Eviction Protection Program

Posted on: November 2, 2020
pollinator pockets graphic

Take the Pollinator Pockets Survey

Posted on: October 26, 2020
sinkhole 8-21-20

8/21/20 Sink Hole - Leavenworth & Third

Posted on: August 21, 2020