SALYERSVILLE – As the health department finishes up distributing the COVID-19 vaccinations they received, the Magoffin County schools employees that opted for the vaccine received their first doses this week.
Magoffin County Public Health Director and Salyersville Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd said the Magoffin County Health Department has distributed 450 total first doses of the vaccine, including 190 teachers and school employees. The health department will give out the second doses for those they gave the first inoculation, but they will not be receiving any more doses to distribute, with the state sending vaccines to local area hospitals.
Within this region, those providers include 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.
Right now, people 70 years old and over can sign up for a vaccine. As it stands now, Shepherd said the next group will be 60 and over, and then it will be opened to the general public, but all of that is subject to change at any time.
Shepherd also said the residents and staff at the Salyersville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center have received their first doses of the vaccine.
To date, 893 people from Magoffin County have tested positive for COVID-19, with 70 people isolated at press time and one person hospitalized.
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 orange category, though with seven new cases on Wednesday and 10 on Tuesday, Shepherd said that may dip the county back into the red, meaning that the average daily cases are 25 or more cases per 100,000 population, based on the previous seven days.
Magoffin County Schools are set to start back with the hybrid plan, again, on February 1, with hopes to remain in-person through the end of the school year, posting the following to the district’s Facebook page on January 21:
The Magoffin County Board of Education members along with Superintendent Helton agreed that Magoffin County Schools will continue with virtual instruction until February 1.
On February 1, we will begin with our hybrid plan.
Group A will attend on Mondays and Tuesdays
Wednesdays all students will be virtual
Group B will attend on Thursdays and Fridays
If you are not sure what group your student is in, please contact their school. Also, if your student would like to be placed in a group please contact their school.
Our hope is that when we return on February 1, that we will be able to stay in school for the remainder of the school year.