As of September 7, according to the Johnson County Health Department, the current total of positive COVID-19 cases for Johnson County is 132 with 114 recovered, 17 active and one deceased. A social media post from Sept. 6 noted that one patient is currently hospitalized.

Mary Beth Castle of the Johnson County Health Department said the health department will be beginning a new campaign with local businesses to help prevent the spread of the virus. Health department staff will be distributing posters to local businesses that will state their customers are required to wear face coverings when entering. According to the posters, those face coverings must cover both the nose and mouth.

The posters will also encourage customers to safely social distance, frequently clean their hands and get tested for the novel coronavirus.

Castle said the posters will be free to business owners and that health department staff will both provide and hang the posters in all business windows for those who are interested throughout the City of Paintsville and Johnson County.

JCHD staff will begin distributing the campaign posters this week.

For more information, call the JCHD at, (606) 789-2590.

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