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First case reported in Magoffin

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SALYERSVILLE – The day finally came that we all knew would happen: Magoffin County has its first reported case of COVID-19.

On Friday, May 15, Magoffin County Judge-Executive Matt Wireman and Salyersville Mayor and Public Health Director James “Pete” Shepherd confirmed in a video release Friday evening that a 60-year-old male resident of Magoffin County had tested positive for the coronavirus and that he was currently hospitalized.

They confirmed that the individual had not had any contact with any businesses and the contact tracing was completed, with a few people in self-isolation who had come in contact with the man.

Shepherd also reminded the public to not release the patient’s name.

“I would ask you all to refrain from naming anyone on social media that you hear might be the individual who tested positive, their family, or friends,” Shepherd said in a social media post. “This individual had no contacts in any businesses in the county. Respect their privacy as you would want yours protected. The virus is here and has been here all along. We can’t let our guard down. Stay home. Stay safe. Wear your masks when out and social distance! The next positive could be you, a family member, or friend. We all have rights to choose but let’s just do the right thing and protect all of us in the county.”

The first case comes just days after Governor Andy Beshear’s “Healthy at Work” Phase 1 began, with construction, horse race (no fans), manufacturing and distribution, office-based businesses (50% capacity), pet grooming and boarding, photography and vehicle or vessel dealerships allowed to open under very specific guidance on May 11. 

There are now only four counties in the state with no known reported COVID-19 cases. 

To date, 471 people have been tested in Magoffin, with 445 negatives, 25 pending, and one positive.

More on Opening the Economy
This week, on Monday government offices could open to the public (though the Magoffin County Courthouse will remain closed until July 1), funeral and memorial services and retail could open at limited capacity on Wednesday, and on Friday restaurants (at 33% capacity and outdoor seating) will be able to open. Also on Friday, May 22, groups of 10 people or less (still asking people to wear masks and social distance) will be allowed and the travel ban will be lifted.

Starting Monday, May 25, barbershops, cosmetology, hair salons, nail salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors will be allowed to open if they can meet the guidelines issued by the state.

Businesses, such as the Seasonal Shoppe, opened on Wednesday, with added restrictions. Restaurants can open to limited capacity on Friday, but many are choosing to wait, continuing drive-thru and curb-side services. Dairy Queen, for instance, posted on Facebook they would not being opening their dining area until after June 1. 

Shepherd also reminded the public that yard sales are still not allowed in the City of Salyersville.

“With more businesses opening, we need to still keep contacts at a minimum and hopefully people staying at home,” Shepherd said. “Sorry, but we still need to be very careful.”

He noted that employers are required to enforce the order mandating employees to wear masks and that the Magoffin County Health Department will be following up on reports of non-compliance.

Important Info on Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome
Also important to note, officials have reported that pediatric patients can get a condition linked to the coronavirus called a pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome (PMIS), in which the immune system goes into overdrive after a COVID-19 infection. To date, four children in Kentucky have been diagnosed with the syndrome. According to the governor’s office updates, most children have a fever greater than 100.4 degrees F, lasting several days, along with other symptoms.

Other common symptoms include: irritability or decreased activity, abdominal pain without another explanation, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, conjunctivitis (red or pink eyes), poor feeding, red, cracked lips or red, bumpy tongue that looks like a strawberry, and swollen hands and feed, which might also be red. The Kentucky Pediatric Hotline can be reached at 800-722-5725. 
 

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