SALYERSVILLE – While few people could get out last week to be tested for COVID-19, Magoffin County dipped into the yellow category this week.
To date, 992 people from Magoffin County have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, with only 19 new cases in the past two weeks. At press time, no one from the county is hospitalized for the virus.
The Magoffin County Health Department finished distributing the second doses of the vaccine to school personnel and they were given first doses to people 70 and over on Wednesday.
They will start distributing vaccines to people 60 and over on Thursday, February 25, with all 100 appointments taken up within three hours’ time.
The next day they will be vaccinating people 60 and over for the virus will be Monday and Magoffin County Public Health Director James “Pete” Shepherd said people can call the health department at 606-349-6212 to schedule an appointment, but warned that slots are filling up fast.
Also available in this region, people can still call or go online to get on the vaccine list at any of the following providers: 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.
Shepherd also explained that 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.
At press time, Magoffin County remains in the yellow category, with an incidence rate at 9.4 per 100,000, based on the previous seven days.