Reminders About Fireworks Safety and Laws in Elkins

Elkins, W. Va., June 29, 2020: As Independence Day draws closer, Elkins Mayor Van Broughton and city public safety officials are reminding area residents about important precautions and legal restrictions to keep in mind when using fireworks.

“The Chamber has postponed their annual fireworks show until at least Labor Day,” said Mayor Broughton. “In case people are thinking about doing their own fireworks, we just want to make sure everyone’s following the law and staying as safe as possible.”

Although state laws concerning fireworks were loosened in 2016, Elkins city code states that “it shall be unlawful for any person to use, shoot, or discharge consumer fireworks within the City limits.” Violators of the city fireworks ordinance may be fined as much as $500.

“Consumer fireworks—which include firecrackers, rockets, Roman candles, and that sort of thing—are illegal inside city limits,” said Elkins Police Department Chief Travis Bennett. “Basically, if it’s a handheld device like a sparkler, or if it’s a ground-based device like fountains, snakes, or smoke bombs, it’s allowed. If it fires something into the air or explodes, it’s against the law in Elkins.”

Regardless of whether fireworks are being used inside or outside of city limits, Elkins Fire Department Chief Tom Meader hopes everyone will follow certain important safety precautions.

“Don’t let kids use fireworks, don’t use fireworks when you’ve been drinking, and never try to relight fireworks that didn’t go off,” says Chief Meader. “Also, please make sure you have a bucket of water or a garden hose ready just in case you accidentally start something on fire.”

Mayor Broughton hopes residents will consider their neighbors when using fireworks.

“I would ask everybody to stop and think about how their fireworks displays might be affecting others in our community,” says Broughton. “Especially when people use fireworks on days other than the fourth of July, it can cause a lot of anxiety for people with PTSD, like some of our veterans. And no matter what day you do it on, it’s going to be really frightening for a lot of people’s pets. I know people just want to have fun and celebrate America’s birthday, but let’s all try to be as considerate as possible.”

Davis Medical Center Press Release: Revised Patient Visitation Rules

ELKINS, WV – Starting this week, some patient visitation rules at Davis Health System hospitals will be relaxed.  Stricter guidelines were put in effect amid the Coronavirus pandemic which began in March, 2020.  Health system officials hope lessening those strict rules will alleviate anxiety felt by patients, families and caregivers alike.

“It’s not the nature of caregivers to suggest patients and families be kept apart.  In fact, under normal circumstances we promote it as essential to healing,” said Dr. Catherine “Mindy” Chua DO, FAAFP, FMNM, CPE, Davis Health System Chief Medical Officer.  “We’re happy to finally begin slowly lessening the rules of the temporary visitation policy.”

Davis Medical Center Instructions for Visitors: 

  • All visitors will wear a mask throughout their entire stay. Masks will be available for those who do not have their own.
  • All visitors will practice proper hand hygiene upon entry and departure from patient rooms and the facility.
  • Visitors must be age 18 or older.
  • Further visitation exceptions for compassionate care and essential caregivers will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Each patient will determine 2 persons as “designated visitors” during the admission process. Only designated visitors will be allowed to visit during the patient’s length of stay.
  • Only one visitor will be allowed in the room with the patient at a time.
  • Designated visitor must check in with the unit secretary upon arrival to receive a “punch card”.   When the visitor leaves the hospital for the day, the punch card will be marked.   Visitors must present the punch card each day they present for visitation.
  • During their visit, guests may leave only for dining within the hospital.  Those who leave the building will not be allowed to return to the patient room on that same day.

According to Davis Health System, the rules are enforced for the further protection of guests, patients and staff, and are subject to change in response to future COVID activity.

“Until our communities are completely free from the threat of Coronavirus spread, we will continue to follow CDC safe practice guidelines.  This revised policy is geared toward minimizing any risk of exposure or spread.  Guests may not visit patients in the hospital who have tested positive for COVID, or who are under investigation for a positive result,” Chua added.

Additional department-specific guidelines apply to Davis Medical Center visitation.  These include:

  • Emergency Department patients are allowed one person to accompany them.  They must remain with the patient at all times.   Other visitors must remain in vehicles. Compassionate care exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Adult and pediatric patients having an outpatient procedure or surgery may have one designated guest accompany them, and remain with them until the procedure.  Once the patient is taken for their procedure, the guest will wait in the Surgical Waiting Area.
  • Inpatient surgical case visitors will wait in the patient room.   Once the surgical procedure is finished, the visitor will be directed to the physician consultation room to await the surgeon.
  • Adult and pediatric patients with appointments in the Family Practice, Pediatric, or Specialty Clinics may have one designated person over the age of 18 accompany them. Guests must wear a face covering throughout the office visit.

Contact:

Tracy D. Fath
V.P., Marketing & Development
812 Gorman Ave.
Elkins, WV 26241
cell: 304.614.2460
office: 304.637.3467

Elkins Announces Next Reopening Steps

City hall opening to public May 18; Yard sales permitted May 15

Elkins, W. Va., May 13, 2020: Elkins officials today announced the scheduled dates of multiple reductions in coronavirus-related restrictions, including the reopening of city hall to the public, permission to resume yard sales and door-to-door solicitation, and the resumption of municipal court proceedings. To reduce COVID-19 infection risk, the public is encouraged to continue using no-contact methods for paying utility bills or contacting city staff. Multiple additional safety precautions will be required as well. (more…)

Elkins Event Organizers Urged to Be Realistic, Apply for Permits Early

Elkins, W. Va., May 7, 2020: With what is usually the summer events season fast approaching, Elkins officials are urging event organizers to carefully consider the viability of their planned events under social-distancing requirements and other CDC recommendations for reducing the risk of COVID-19 spread. Applications to the city for special WVABCA licenses or events on public property must include detailed plans for complying with these requirements and recommendations. Because these additional considerations will lengthen the review and approval process, organizers should submit event applications as early as possible. (more…)

FAQs About Upcoming Primary Election

From the Office of
West Virginia Secretary of State
Mac Warner

Primary Election set for June 9; Secretary of State Mac Warner shares “Frequently Asked Questions” related to upcoming Primary Election

Charleston, W. Va. – As many changes have been made to the 2020 Primary Election due to COVID-19, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, his elections staff, and county clerks have worked to keep voters informed. (more…)

Health Department Press Release on New Safety Measures for Essential Businesses

April 18, 2020

9:00 a.m.

New DHHR Rule Establishes New Safety Measures for Essential Businesses

To strengthen the protection of public health and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has issued a new rule entitled “Public Health Standards for Businesses Remaining Open During the COVID-19 Outbreak.” The rule, which was approved by the West Virginia Secretary of State and made effective on Thursday, April 16, imposes certain new requirements on the “essential” businesses that are still allowed to operate under Governor Justice’s March 24 “stay home” order (Executive Order 09-20). (more…)

Elkins Mayor Proclaims April Donate Life Month in City

Elkins, W. Va., April 14, 2020: This week, Elkins Mayor Van Broughton proclaimed April as National Donate Life Month in Elkins. National Donate Life Month honors registered organ donors, donor families, and living donors, as well the researchers, innovators, champions, national partners, and medical professionals who work tirelessly to save and heal lives through transplantation. (more…)

Health Department: Fourth Randolph County COVID-19 Case Confirmed

The following was released by the Randolph-Elkins Health Department.

April 11, 2020
1:00 p.m.

The Randolph-Elkins Health Department (REHD) confirms a fourth case of COVID-19 in Randolph county.  “This Randolph County resident who was tested at Davis Medical Center works in Harrison County,” reports Bonnie Woodrum, Infectious Disease Nurse at REHD.  “The patient and all known at risk contacts have been notified and are self-quarantined in their homes.  The newly identified patient did report close contact with other confirmed cases. (more…)

Byran Shockey, City of Elkins Sanitation Worker, Killed in Off-Duty Accident

Shockey joined the sanitation department in 2015

Byran Shockey

Elkins W. Va., April 7, 2020: Byran Shockey, a loader for the City of Elkins Sanitation Department, was killed in an off-duty accident on Saturday. He had worked for the department since 2015. (more…)

Update on Dent Street Shooting

Statement from EPD Chief T.C. Bennett
Date: February 21, 2020
Date: 1046

On February 20, 2020, at approximately 6:24 pm, officers of the Elkins Police Department responded to a house located at 11 Dent Street in Elkins in reference to a shooting.

The location of the incident was in close proximity to the Davis Medical Center, which prompted a lockdown of that facility. Upon arrival, officers secured the scene and learned that one male subject had suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was treated at Davis Medical Center and subsequently transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital for further treatment. Officers obtained a search warrant for the crime scene in order to collect evidence pertaining to the incident.

Investigators have been conducting interviews of witnesses and are currently attempting to locate others believed to have knowledge of the incident. A vehicle believed to be involved with this incident was recovered by the West Virginia State Police in Pocahontas County. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Elkins Police Department at (304) 636-0678 or by dialing 911.

I would like to thank the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department, and the Elkins, Marlinton, and Morgantown detachments of the West Virginia State Police for their assistance with this investigation.

T.C. Bennett
Chief of Police

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