In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Mayor Broughton declared a citywide state of emergency on Tuesday, March 17. Read the proclamation here.
City officials are in touch with the Randolph County Health Department (RCHD), the Randolph County Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (formerly RC OEM), Davis Medical System, Randolph County Board of Education (RC BOE), and others as we track this fluid and concerning situation. We will continue to consult with these and state authorities as this situation evolves.
Click here for current City of Elkins coronavirus recommendations.
Here are some channels to follow for updates:
- Governor Jim Justice’s Twitter feed
- Text/email alerts from Randolph County Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
- Elkins City Hall Facebook page
- Elkins City Hall Twitter feed
- Elkins City Hall email alerts (sign up for our Newsletter by entering your email address below)
To accurately assess risk and make the best possible preparations, it is important to rely on scientific, evidence-based information from public health authorities. Don’t rely on media reports or pay attention to rumors on social media; instead, go right to the source. The most authoritative sources of information about COVID-19 are:
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- The World Health Organization (WHO)
- The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Here are some additional local resources:
- Davis Health System COVID-19 page
- Randolph County Health Department (RCHD)
- Randolph County Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
- Randolph County Board of Education
To reduce chances of infection, DHHR and CDC recommend the following:
- Take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
- Stay informed. CDC’s COVID-19 Situation Summary will be updated regularly as information becomes available.