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Eastern Kentucky health department saw just a handful of COVID cases last week

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Stu Johnson
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Magoffin County tallied just a few COVID cases last week. Pete Shepherd is the Magoffin County Health Department director. He believes many people are testing at home and not reporting to the Health Department. Magoffin is one of well over a hundred counties in Kentucky with low community activity and designated green on the COVID map. Shepherd said there have been very few hospitalizations the last three to four weeks.

“I think the reason it’s gotten so better now is because it’s been here long enough where a lot of people have had it enough and we’ve vaccinated enough where it’s almost got where people have got their own self-immunity if they didn’t vaccinate and if they vaccinated they’re doing pretty good and this new strand just wasn’t as strong. And I think we’re getting a strong immune system against it. So, it’s a lot of factors, but who knows,” said Shepherd.

Still, Shepherd said the health department has gotten a lot of calls from people interested in a second booster. He said he definitely will get another booster when they are offered.

“I’m 66 and I want the boost. I’ve had friends pass away with it and had a lot of people very sick with it or still having after-effects with it after two years. Some of the initial ones that got it there still have side effects from it. So, I’m a firm believer in it,” said Shepherd.

Shepherd noted he’s just waiting for the go-ahead from the state public health department.

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