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Seven more cases reported in Magoffin

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UPDATE:

Magoffin County Judge/Executive Matt Wireman posted the following on Thursday, July 30 after the below story printed in this week's paper: I have been notified that an employee of Magoffin County who works at the courthouse has a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result. Based on what I know we are closing the courthouse temporarily. We plan to re-open Wed 8-5-20 at 9AM. I'll be releasing more info shortly.

SALYERSVILLE – Seven new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Magoffin County since the paper printed last week, bringing the total number of cases up to 17.

At least three of the new cases were related to a wedding held the weekend prior. Five of the seven were reported by the Magoffin County Health Department as being symptomatic, two asymptomatic, with all isolating at home.

The other 10 people who previously tested positive have recovered and are no longer in isolation.

In total, Magoffin County Public Health Director and Salyersville Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd told Mortimer Media Group on July 29 that 1,188 tests have been conducted in Magoffin County, with 1,154 negative, 17 pending and 17 positive.
The Magoffin County Garage and Recycling Center was able to reopen, with employees who have tested negative for COVID-19 allowed to come back to work on Monday this week.

The health department also posted these reminders this week for the general public:
Please wear a mask when you go out (at minimum in places where there are lots of people in the place together). This includes any retail store, event, or gathering.  

Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face and eyes with unclean hands.

Clean frequently touched places/things often like door knobs, faucets, and countertops.

On Monday, Governor Andy Beshear announced they were taking the following steps, per the White House’s recommendation to help slow down the spread of COVID-19, as the positivity rate of those tested jumped over 5%:

- Requiring a facial covering in public settings (implemented on July 10)
- Limit social, non-commercial gatherings to 10 people or fewer (July 20)
- Bars close for two weeks (started on July 28)
- Limit indoor restaurant capacity to 25%, outdoor capacity remains with social distancing (July 28)

The governor also recommends school systems to wait until at least the third week in August to begin in-person classes, though Magoffin had already set the start date for September 8 prior to the recommendation being made.

Governor Beshear has also asked people to not travel to states with a 15% or higher positivity rate, especially asking people to avoid vacations to the beach, where many local cases can be traced back to.

This week Kentucky’s number of cases jumped up to 28,727 cases statewide, with a 5.81% positivity rate, and 724 deaths to date. In the 10-county area the Independent is following, 114 cases have been reported since last week’s paper printed. 
 

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