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Employee at local business tests positive


SALYERSVILLE – While Magoffin County still remains one of only seven counties in the state without a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), officials report that one case out of Floyd County affected a Salyersville business.

Salyersville Mayor and Magoffin County Public Health Director James “Pete” Shepherd confirmed to Mortimer Media Group 375 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Magoffin County to date, with 347 negative, and 28 pending tests. 

Shepherd also confirmed that there was a positive case in Floyd County on Saturday of a female who works at a business in Salyersville. He explained that the business has been notified and all the employees that had been in contact with her are isolating at home. He said the person is also isolating at home for the required 14 days, which is being monitored by the Floyd County Health Department, and that she has no symptoms at this time.

He noted that the business had been closed to the public. 

Shepherd urged employers to continue to let employees work from home if at all possible and for everyone to wear a mask when in public. He noted that while everything continues to reopen, more people will be exposed, so masks and social distancing remain important moving forward.

While U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove issued a restraining order, preventing Governor Andy Beshear from enforcing a rule he had passed concerning banning in-person worship services, most churches continued their services either online or through drive-in services on Sunday. Shepherd said many plan to abide by the governor’s rules to not open before March 20.

“It’s great to see them come together and decide what’s best for Magoffin County is to continue the services on Facebook, virtual TV or drive-ins,” Shepherd said.

To date, 6,853 Kentuckians have tested positive for COVID-19 and 321 deaths have been reported in relation to the virus. State officials believe the state’s cases have plateaued and the “Healthy at Work” began on Monday with the opening of manufacturing, distribution and supply chain businesses; construction; vehicle or vessel dealerships; office-based businesses (50% capacity only; horse racing (no fans); pet care, grooming and boarding; and photography. On May 18 government offices and agencies can open; May 20 includes funeral homes and retail; May 22 restaurants at 33% capacity and outdoor seating; and May 25 cosmetology businesses; hair salons/barbershops; massage therapy; nail salons; tanning salons; and tattoo parlors. Governor Beshear is still asking employers to continue telework when possible, provide health screens daily, require universal masking and PPE, close common areas and enforce social distancing, provide sanitizer and/or hand washing stations, provide special accommodations for those at risk, and have a testing plan.

In June, officials hope to be able to open fitness centers, movie theaters, campgrounds, some childcare, and allow low-touch outside sports.


Heather Oney

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