Riverbend Park Closed to the Public Until Further Notice

Elkins W. Va., April 3, 2020: Riverbend Park in Elkins will be closed to the public until further notice, City of Elkins and Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission officials announced today. The reason is the park’s proximity to the city’s wastewater treatment plant amid concerns related to transmission of COVID-19. (more…)

City of Elkins Suspending Pickup of Bulky Solid Waste Items and Unbagged Trash

Special Pickups Paused, Spring Cleanup Postponed Indefinitely

Elkins W. Va., April 4, 2020: To reduce infection risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Elkins Sanitation Department will no longer accept any items not contained in a tied trash bag. Also, the Elkins Street Department is suspending most special pickups of bulky solid waste items, and the City of Elkins Spring Cleanup event is postponed indefinitely. (more…)

Randolph County Health Department Coronavirus Update: April 2, 2020

The following information has been provided by Bonnie Woodrum, an infectious disease specialist at the Randolph-Elkins Health Department.

As of the morning of April 2, 2020, for Randolph County:

  • Number of tests performed to date:  65
  • Number of pending tests: 34
  • Number of negative tests:  28
  • Number of positive tests: 3
  • Net new positive cases in last 24 hours: 1 case. This case was associated with travel and the individual has self-quarantined since arriving in Randolph County in a private vehicle, alone. Because the patient arrived from an endemic country and was well informed as was the family/host, strict quarantine as well as use of masks, gloves, and sanitizing of surfaces has been observed. The patient has not been within 6 feet of anyone since arrival.
  • Notes on PPE supplies: Small shipments have been arriving from the national stockpile and have been distributed to the hospital and first responders and small amounts to direct care givers – however much more is needed.  The state government is seeking more supplies for all who need them.
  • Notes on volunteers/donations needed:  There are shortages of spray disinfectants, bleach, alcohol, hand sanitizers and, of course, masks, gowns, gloves.

Notes: 

  • We now have 3 cases in Randolph County. Two are associated with foreign travel; these individuals have been on self-quarantine since reaching WV. For all three cases, all contacts have been identified and are self-quarantined and under daily monitoring.
  • I have talked with the rep for Red Cross in Randolph County re blood drives – she’ll get back to us if/when she learns anything.
  • Local and county health givers and health departments receive information about positive tests first.  Information is sent to the state once the actual lab reports are received and verified.  Then, the published state data must be updated – when the updater has opportunity.

Rumors and inaccurate information may cause unfounded reactions or panic. Please consult reliable sources for latest known facts about COVID-19.

Reliable sources include:

Health Department: Second Positive Coronavirus Case Confirmed in Randolph County

Date: April 1, 2020

Time: 11:30 a.m.

The Randolph-Elkins Health Department (REHD) reports that a second confirmed case of COVID-19 has been identified in Randolph County.  Unlike the first, this case is not associated with travel outside West Virginia or known contact with a positive case.  The source of the infection is unknown and suggests community spread.

“The circumstance of this case suggests that there are unidentified cases of infection in our area and that the number of new cases will increase over the next few weeks,” says Bonnie Woodrum, Infectious Disease Specialist at REHD.  “It is, therefore, more important than ever that everyone practice social distancing, stay at home as much as possible, especially if sick, wash hands frequently, and don’t touch eyes or mouth.”

Trips for essentials should be made by individuals, not as family outings.

Most deaths caused by COVID-19 have been in the elderly but no one is immune.  The first case in Randolph County was a person under 30; the second patient was more than 60. Some infections produce no symptoms but can still be spread to others. Be responsible.

Rumors and inaccurate information may cause unfounded reactions or panic. Please consult reliable sources for latest known facts about COVID-19.

Reliable sources include:

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Media contact:

Bonnie Woodrum

P: 304-636-0396

F: 304-637-5902

Email: Bonnie.B.Woodrum@wv.gov

Statement from the Mayor: Governor’s “stay at home” order

From Mayor Broughton:

What is the governor asking us to do?

Everyone, tonight the governor’s “stay at home” order goes into effect. Now, everyone should read the order. There is a lot in it.

But I want to talk about what we are really being asked to do. (more…)

Governor Issues “Stay at Home” Order

March 23, 2020
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Today, Governor Justice issued a “stay at home” order commencing at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24.

Here is the text of the order, including which businesses are considered essential and which are not.

Here is a fact sheet from WV DHHR about the order.

At the right is a brief summary of the order, tweeted by the governor’s office.

White House COVID-19 Update: March 20, 2020

Today City of Elkins received the below summary of measures taken against COVID-19 from the White House’s Intergovernmental Affairs Office: (more…)

Community Update from the Mayor

Mayor Broughton released this statement on Facebook today:

Wanted to check in with everyone since the State of Emergency got declared.

I can’t blame you if you’re feeling anxious. To be honest, I am too. We’ve had State of Emergencies before, for storms and floods. This is different, like nothing we’ve experienced before. There is a lot we don’t know about how this whole thing is going to turn out.

Here are some things I do know for sure. (more…)

COE COVID-19 Update: March 19, 2020

Since the mayor’s declaration Tuesday, the City of Elkins has been and remains under a citywide state of emergency. (There are also national and statewide declared emergencies.) By themselves, declared states of emergency mainly enable streamlining of government operations and do not automatically impose restrictions on businesses or private citizens.

However, the governor of West Virginia has issued the following additional orders: (more…)

Elkins Officials Join White House COVID-19 Briefing

March 18, 2020
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At 1 p.m. today, Elkins officials joined a White House COVID-19 Briefing Call, which included presentations by Vice President Mike Pence and representatives of the CDC, FEMA, DHHS, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, Homeland Security, USDA, the Department of Education, and other key agencies involved in the nation’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

Speakers made certain key points worth calling out here. (more…)

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