SALYERSVILLE – Just over a month since the statewide mask mandate was lifted, the state is seeing another small spike in COVID-19 cases.
Magoffin County Public Health Director and Salyersville Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd told Mortimer Media Group Magoffin County has had three cases reported so far this week (as of Wednesday), two cases last week and one case the first week of July. Comparatively, the county had three cases for the whole month of June.
In total, to date, 1,135 people have tested positive for COVID-19 from Magoffin County, with eight cases since the June 9 update the SI ran on the pandemic. The death rate stands at 22 COVID-19 related deaths in Magoffin, which includes the deaths reported from the Salyersville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. At press time, no new hospitalizations are being reported from Magoffin County.
The Magoffin County Health Department is still taking appointments of anyone over 18 years of age for COVID-19 Moderna vaccine. People can call the Magoffin County Health Department at 606-349-6212 to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine.
Walgreens is also taking appointments for the vaccine, with people able to go online at www.walgreens.com to schedule their first and second appointments for the Pfizer vaccine. People will have to fill out a brief questionnaire to determine eligibility and make or sign into their Walgreens account to schedule the appointments.
Also available in this region, people can still call or go online to get on the vaccine list at any of the following providers: multiple Big Sandy Healthcare locations, Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Highlands ARH, Pikeville Medical Center, Kings Daughters in Ashland, ARH West Liberty and Saint Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead.
As it stands, the CDC has released that the vaccines are effective for at least six months, but studies are still being done to determine the full time of effectiveness. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for children 12 and up, with studies ongoing regarding the vaccine’s safety in younger children.
Having the virus once does not make people immune to catching it, again, with the CDC stating that it will generally protect the person for up to 90 days, though there have been at least two cases in Magoffin County where people have tested positive for the virus, again, less than 90 days after having COVID-19.