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New cases declining in the region

Magoffin County seems to be at a relatively low plateau of new COVID-19 cases, with 12 new cases reported since last week.

SALYERSVILLE – Magoffin County seems to be at a relatively low plateau of new COVID-19 cases, with 12 new cases reported since last week.

To date, 1,022 people from Magoffin County have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, with only 12 new cases this week. At press time, no one from the county is hospitalized for the virus.

The Magoffin County Health Department has distributed 100 more doses of the vaccine this week to people 60 years old and older, healthcare workers and essential frontline employees, with Magoffin County Public Health Director and Salyersville Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd noting that they will be opening up the vaccine to anyone who wants one and is 18 years old and over starting next week.

Shepherd said that starting Monday, March 22, people 18 and older can call the Magoffin County Health Department at 606-349-6212 to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine.

Shepherd also noted that the Floyd County Health Department has extra doses of the vaccine and people from Magoffin can also be vaccinated there by calling 886 -2788 and asking for Leslie.

Walgreens has started taking appointments for the vaccine, with people able to go online at to schedule their first and second appointment. People will have to fill out a brief questionnaire to determine eligibility and make or sign into their Walgreens account to schedule the appointments. As of Monday, the local Walgreens was distributing the Pfizer vaccine.

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.

“We’re going full speed ahead,” Shepherd said. “Keep wearing your mask, even if you have been vaccinated. Whatever we’re doing is working. Still social distance and wash your hands. Be patient and let the vaccination process run its course.”

Shepherd noted that states that have opened up with no COVID-19 restrictions are now seeing spikes in cases, explaining even with re-openings, people still need to stay vigilant.

COVID-19 and Schools
Magoffin County Schools posted the following to Facebook last week, as well as announced the change with a OneCall notice:

Buses will continue to deliver meals to virtual students until March 18.

Beginning on March 19, Magoffin County Schools will no longer be delivering meals each day by bus. However if your student is virtual Monday through Thursday and wishes to receive meals, we will be offering a box of meals that can be picked up at the school.

The pickup day will be Friday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. and will begin March 19th. If your child is virtual only and you are interested in picking up a box please call the school to have your child added to the list. Please call before Thursday if you wish to get a box.

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