SALYERSVILLE – As COVID-19 continues to escalate throughout the state and nation, Magoffin County had 55 more positive cases reported in the past week.
To date, 247 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Magoffin County, with 59 of the cases still active (in isolation), 188 recovered and three hospitalizations.
Magoffin County Schools have announced that they will continue with virtual-only instruction until they are informed that the incidence rate is lower than the established critical threshold and parents are asked to contact their children’s schools with any questions regarding this time.
The Magoffin County School District is reporting cases involving students, broken down by schools, on their website on a daily basis, which can be found by visiting www.magoffin.kyschools.us and clicking on “COVID-19 CASES IN MAGOFFIN COUNTY SCHOOLS” under “District News.”
School officials will be going by the state map tracking the current incidence rate of each county. If a county climbs into the red category, they must cease all in-class instruction and cannot return to the classrooms until the county is back in the yellow category. The map is updated on Thursdays at 8 p.m. and school districts will decide how to proceed after that data is released for the following week, with any changes reported on the district’s Facebook page and through a One-Call.
Magoffin County Public Health Director and Salyersville Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd told the Independent that Salyersville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is doing well following the state’s guidelines and have adequate PPE at this time. So far eight employees and 17 residents have tested positive for the virus to date.
Shepherd also reminded the public that if they come in contact with someone who tests positive with COVID-19 to wait five days (or until they have symptoms, if before) to get tested, explaining that being tested prior to that may result in a false negative.
“We’re seeing this everywhere, now,” Shepherd said. “Johnson County had over 40 cases in a day last week. Just don’t let your guard, avoid gatherings and wear your mask.”