SALYERSVILLE – Ten new COVID-19 cases were reported in Magoffin County since last week, knocking the daily average to less than two cases per day.
To date, 1,049 people have tested positive for COVID-19 from Magoffin County, 10 since last week’s paper printed. The death rate stands at 10 COVID-19 related deaths in Magoffin, with an additional five reported at the Salyersville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
The health department has distributed over 1,600 first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and 1,300 second doses, making up for over 10% of the county’s population and not counting any that have received their vaccines at other sites.
Shepherd said the Magoffin County Health Department is now scheduling people 18 and older for vaccines, noting that anyone over 18 can call and get an appointment to be vaccinated against the virus. People 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 www.walgreens.com 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.
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.