Mary Beth Castle of the Johnson County Health Department has reported that, as of Sept. 14, three new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the community. Those positive cases include an 84-year-old female showing symptoms of the virus, a 26-year-old symptomatic male and a 58-year-old symptomatic female.

"This brings our count to 142 with 132 recovered, 9 active and 1 deceased," Castle stated. "One person is currently hospitalized."

Castle also took time to announce that she has started an educational program on the importance of wearing face masks and how to properly wear them with businesses in Paintsville and Johnson County.

"Businesses have been very cooperative and positive with posting signage," she stated. "This comes as the governor has pushed another 30-day mask requirement statewide."

Castle urged local businesses to participate in the mask campaign led by the JCHD, noting "signage is provided and can be posted at any business at no cost."

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

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