Welcome to Manhattan Primary Care

Manhattan Primary Care is the personal touch you need! Dr. Kyle Platz and Dr. Bradley K. Harrison are two family physicians, both trained in the high-tech military medical system.  By having a family physician as your doctor, we will get to know you well, which is key to your health and wellness.  As your main doctor – also called your primary care physician or PCP – we have access to so much knowledge, equipment and medicine to treat you. But one of the most valuable things we have is that we know YOU. Health care today can be complex. We hope to be your doctor who you trust as a guide, so you may be able to reach new levels of good health.

Manhattan Primary Care will address your essential health needs by:

  • Focusing on prevention and screening
  • Working closely with you to plan for your health
  • Coordinating your tests, treatments, specialist visits and hospitalizations
  • Providing plain-spoken guidance, insight and advice

In your quest to become and remain as healthy as possible, we are your partners for the long term.

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See you guys Wednesday? Maybe?

If we haven't received an email, what should we do to initiate the process?

In observance of Independence Day, Manhattan Primary Care will be closed Friday July 3rd.

We do have some openings left today if you need to be seen before the long weekend.

Hope everyone has a safe 4th of July!
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In observance of Independence Day, Manhattan Primary Care will be closed Friday July 3rd.  

We do have some openings left today if you need to be seen before the long weekend.  

Hope everyone has a safe 4th of July!

To The Community:

Riley County has seen alarming rates of increase in COVID-19 cases locally over the last week. We have had over 23 positive cases last week, and 29 cases over the weekend. As of June 22, there are 61 currently active cases of 132 since the start of the virus locally. Last week saw an increase to 12% positive rate for testing, compared to 2-3% the weeks before. These rates are not sustainable for our community and the healthcare that is provided in the community. Of these positive cases, over 14 are in Kansas State athletes, at this point in time. The majority of new cases are in the 18-24 year old age group. This creates even more rampant spread since this group tends to be active in employment and social exposures in our community. Research has shown that each positive COVID-19 test will infect at least two additional people. Despite the age group, increase in COVID-19 continues to place a strain on healthcare resources and puts the local economy in a vulnerable state.

New data was published from The Lancet on June 1, 2020 after conducting a meta-analysis showing that face mask use, cloth or surgical, was beneficial in decreasing spread of virus droplets. Another research article in the Proceedings of the Royal Society scientific journal this month showed immediate and universal adoption of face masks by the public decreased virus transmission. This study from Cambridge, England, identifies the “R value”, the average number of people that one infected person will pass the disease on to. R values of more than one lead to exponential growth. Routine face mask use in the general population in the scenarios of this study reduced COVID-19 spread to an R less than 0.5 and subsequently significantly assisted with disease mitigation. Finally, a recent study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences comparing Wuhan, China, Italy, and New York City demonstrated that COVID-19 is spread most in airborne transmission via respiratory droplets. This study calculated that by using face coverings, 66,000 infections were prevented in New York City and 78,000 in Italy in a month! While social distancing continues to be an important part of mitigation, these recent studies demonstrate that wearing a face mask in public corresponds to the most effective way to decrease and prevent inter-human transmission of COVID-19. The data speaks for itself, this is not a political issue, it is a public health issue!

As Kansas State University has mandated universal mask wearing on campus, the MHK Clinical Task force recommends USD 383 require masks in school facilities for students and staff. We recognize that there may be a small subset of students that this is not feasible with, but if the majority of students were able to comply, this would have immense positive benefits in decreasing virus transmission and keeping our children in the classroom in the 2020-2021 academic year. The Children’s Mercy Hospital system in Kansas City has mandated masking for all patients over the age of 2 and has observed the ability for patients to be compliant. Adults and older children can be role models in this behavior! This is key to opening and keeping our schools open in the fall to prevent viral transmission of COVID-19 and a host of other respiratory transmissible diseases—strep throat, influenza, mononucleosis, etc. In order to keep the economy open, masking in businesses is imperative as well, especially with the transient nature of our community and the many people that visit our town regularly. Mask wearing should be especially stressed to these younger individuals in public settings where social distancing is not adhered to and there are several individuals gathered—at house parties, bars and nightclubs, restaurants, etc. as these are the places we are seeing the largest increase in cases.

Hong Kong is a city of 7.5 million people and has had 4 COVID-19 deaths. Taiwan, with 24 million people has had seven deaths from COVID-19. New York City, a city of 8.3 million people has had 17,000 dead from COVID-19. The difference is abundant testing, social distancing, contact tracing, patient isolation, and the most important—universal mask wearing in East Asia. Researchers have shown that when 80% or more of the population is wearing masks, the spread of COVID-19 was significantly reduced. Hong Kon g reported 98% mask wearing in their population. Medical masks are ideal, but cotton masks have been shown to reduce emission of droplets by as much as 99%. More than one hundred countries now require masks in public, but just 15 states in the United States. Europe has significantly slowed their increase in COVID-19 cases while the United States has continued to increase cases exponentially.
Riley County did a good job initially with stay at home orders, but we have seen a troublesome decline in our awareness over the last few weeks. In order to work to keep mitigating COVID-19 presence in our community, the MHK Clinical Task Force would recommend universal masking for individuals over 2 years of age when inside public buildings or outside when unable to appropriately observe six feet of social distancing from others, when medically possible.

The fact that wearing a face mask has become a political issue is tragic. We legislate seatbelt use for personal safety and have made laws about public smoking since it affects the health of others. This is the same principle. The recommendation of universal face mask wearing is based on scientific evidence which has the best interest of the health of the public at its core and allows us to be part of the solution, not propagate the virus. Implementing policies (or failing to implement policies) that are not based on science can be catastrophic for our nation and our county. COVID-19 doesn’t select just the elderly, it infects and affects all ages. We have heard countless cases of otherwise healthy, young individuals (even in our own community) who ended up on ventilators for weeks, with a lung transplant after this ruthless virus, or worst of all-- lost their life.

Wearing a mask or face covering is not difficult, it is a simple act to keep you or someone around you from being hospitalized or having to be on a ventilator fighting for their life. Wearing a mask respects your family, neighbors, co-workers, classmates, and is considerate. Wearing a mask respects human life.

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Greatly appreciate the well said posts by the Manhattan Medical Community.

We are going to end up with herd immunity one way or another.

So, even when “I” can maintain 6’ of distancing inside a building, I should wear a mask? What about the Gov’s Ad Astra plan that says masks are not required if the distance is <6’, but the contact is infrequent and/or inconsistent (passing someone on the sidewalk or in a store aisle without stopping to talk)? Do you care if the masks are worn correctly, or is it enough that I have a mask on my face in any form or fashion? And how do yo propose the city enforce the proper wearing of masks? Just curious.

Great post! What is your opinion on the use of face shields for children. I found a couple of articles that say they are effective. These would be easier for kids.

Thank you for sharing.Take care.

Well put and someone did there research before posting on Facebook. Hmm I might have to rethink my my previous thinking. Thank you

Thanks for protecting my health as I'm in the gym three days a week for Manhattan Ultimate Summer League and to prepare my August 1 return to Special Olympics.

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Candice M.

Our family of five has been with Dr. Harrison for a couple of years now and we thoroughly enjoy him as a physician. He knows each of us and our health concerns, we feel like we are not just a number in the computer and he cares. I highly recommend this new practice! Keep up…

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Addy L.

This practice is great! They can get you in quickly to be seen and are very nice. I see Dr. Platz and he is always very nice and helpful. He takes his time explaining things and is very patient.

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Wonderful new office and staff. You really feel like they care about your well-being. Dr. Harrison is great at working with families and children. I would highly recommend this practice.

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Ashley D.

Dr. Platz is great! He really helped me get my medical needs solved in a timely manner. He is very knowledgeable about my conditions and the best medicines to treat them. Also, the staff is friendly and very courteous. They are always quick to get me checked in and the wait time to see the…

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Our ENTIRE family-the husband, our kids, myself, and my father in law-all utilize the services offered by Manhattan Primary Care.  Their level of professionalism as well as the courtesy of the staff are the reasons we continue to recommend this facility to others. We encourage anyone looking for a family physician to consider Manhattan Primary…

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Dr. Platz doesn’t just wait for his turn to talk. He actually listens to you!

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At MANHATTAN PRIMARY CARE, upon my initial phone call I was welcomed with a friendly voice that took down all my information, discussed insurance and scheduled my first appointment. I had finally experienced a very pleasant “no-hassle” interaction and had established a much needed appointment. The professional staff at MANHATTAN PRIMARY CARE go above and…

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