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Three COVID-19 deaths over the weekend

SALYERSVILLE – Local COVID-19 numbers appear to be slowly declining after having record-breaking weeks of cases and hospitalizations, though Magoffin did see three deaths over the weekend believed to be attributed to the virus.

The Magoffin County Health Department confirmed on Wednesday that there were 19 new COVID-19 cases from Magoffin County on Thursday, September 23, 14 on Friday, 22 on Saturday, 2 on Sunday, 17 on Tuesday, and 16 as of 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29. To date, 2,098 COVID-19 cases have been reported from Magoffin County, as well as a total of 26 COVID-related deaths, but that number is known to not include several deaths that have not been verified by death certificates.

Of those, three deaths were reported from the Magoffin County over the weekend believed to be COVID-related.

Currently, seven people from Magoffin County are hospitalized and none are on ventilators. Of the 16 cases reported on Wednesday, one of the patients were under 18 years old and none were breakthrough cases, or of vaccinated patients. At last count, there are 131 active cases in Magoffin County.

The Magoffin County Health Department will be giving Moderna vaccines next Wednesday and they also have booster Moderna vaccines for the immunocompromised. To qualify for a booster vaccine, people must fall into one of the following categories (from MCHD):

*Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
*Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
*Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
*Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
*Advanced or untreated HIV infection
*Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

Please call, 349-6212 to make your appointment.

Pfizer booster vaccines, available locally at Walgreens, have been approved by the FDA for people over the age of 65 or in jobs where they work with the public six months after they received the second dose.

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