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SALYERSVILLE – With Magoffin County now in the red zone with COVID-19 community level numbers, along with 60 other counties in the state, the Magoffin County Health Department will be continuing to give out vaccines and boosters next Tuesday, July 26, for walk-ins only from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Magoffin County Public Health Director and Salyersville Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd told the Independent that from last Monday to this Monday, July 18, the Magoffin County Health Department recorded 85 new COVID-19 cases, up 27 cases from last week and well above the roughly 30 cases per week the county had been reporting over the past several months.

While the weekly numbers are still well below record-breaking, Shepherd reminded the public that the numbers are deceptively low, with many testing positive at home and self-quarantining.

“We’re asking that people who test positive at home to call the health department and let us know so we can keep track of the community spread,” Shepherd said.

The Magoffin County Health Department is giving out up to three free COVID-19 home test kits per household as supplies last (they’ve already handed out 1,000 kits, with another shipment now in) and Shepherd said they will be distributing Moderna boosters to people 50 years old and older on Tuesday, July 25 at the health department on a walk-in only basis from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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