The Riley County Health Department started a new question and answer hotline for the public Wednesday.

People can call 785-587-4526 for questions regarding the coronavirus, or COVID-19.

The hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. People also can email rileycountycovid19@gmail.com with questions.

People who have COVID-19 symptoms, which include shortness of breath, cough or high fever, are encouraged to call the health department’s screening hotline at 785-323-6400. The screening hotline is available every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.