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COVID-19 cases up in Magoffin

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SALYERSVILLE – Magoffin County is back up to a two-a-day average of new COVID-19 cases, with 12 new cases since last week’s paper printed, this time affecting two schools in the community.

To date, 89 people have tested positive in Magoffin County, with 1,827 tests conducted, 1,722 negative, 17 pending, eight in isolation, and 81 recovered.

On Thursday, September 10, Magoffin County Schools posted the following to Facebook and issued a similar One-Call notice: “Today, one of Magoffin County Schools employee received news of testing positive for Covid-19.  Having properly received notice, tracing the possible contacts, and consulting with our health department, the decision has been made to close both South Magoffin Elementary and Herald Whitaker Middle School for 14 days.  During this time, both sites will be extensively sanitized and virtual education for students of these schools will continue.  We are committed to our students, staff, and community and are acting the best interest of caution.”

Currently, students are still attending school virtually, so the closure of the two schools affects the staff and potentially sports more than day-to-day student activities.

The Magoffin County Health Department extended a previous notice regarding a local church, where multiple cases have been connected to stating on Friday, “Out of an abundance of caution, the Magoffin County Health Department makes the following announcement. If you attended Tip Top church on September 6th, you may have had a possible exposure to COVID-19. The health department is asking you to please quarantine and monitor for symptoms until September 21st. Thank you for your cooperation!”

With the 12 new cases this week, by the governor’s suggested standards, Magoffin County is currently in the orange category, in which they would suggest virtual instruction or a hybrid plan for schools. A meeting for the Magoffin County School Board will be held later today, September 17, to discuss plans to reopen schools. The Independent will release any decisions concerning schools and COVID-19 as soon as that information is made available.

As a breakdown, two cases were reported on Thursday in Magoffin County, five cases on Friday, one on Saturday, three on Monday and one on Tuesday.

As a reminder, Governor Andy Beshear extended the statewide mask mandate for another 30 days. Per the mandate, people are required to wear a mask in public statewide. Any person who is found violating the mandate is to receive a warning for the first offense, a fine of $50 for the second offense, $75 for the third offense, and $100 for each subsequent offense. Businesses are to deny access or services to people not complying to the regulations. Owners, operators, or employers of a business or other public-facing entity is subject to the same fines listed above, but may also be subject to an order requiring immediate closure.

To date, three Magoffin County businesses have received warning citations, but have been compliant upon follow-up reviews. 

Pikeville Medical Center now has a COVID-19 test with a 15-minute turnaround for results and health officials said Frontier Medical is working to get the 15-minute tests, as well. Right now, they recommend Frontier Medical and Hope Family Medical Center for COVID-19 tests available locally, but noted that the current turnaround time is two days at both locations. Call ahead to schedule a test and/or for more information on the testing protocols for each place.
 

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