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

City Hall News: June 15-19, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., June 13, 2020: Monday commences the fifth week since Elkins City Hall reopened to the public. Before visiting, please review the safety precautions on this page of our website: www.cityofelkinswv.com/visiting-city-hall-pandemic-expect.

On Monday, at 3:15 p.m., the Elkins Sanitary Board—the body that oversees the city’s wastewater collection and treatment—will hear an update on the Phase II Sewer Project, consider invoices presented for approval, and review its latest financial statements.

The Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission holds an in-person meeting Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Darden House (next door to city hall). On Wednesday, at 9 a.m., council’s Municipal Properties Committee meets to discuss the Elkins Main Street Streetscape project. Also on Wednesday, the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission holds an in-person meeting at 5 p.m. in the Phil Gainer Community Center. Agenda items include discussion of ongoing pandemic response and the status of remaining closures and restrictions.

Council meets in regular session Thursday, at 7 p.m. The agenda has not yet been finalized, but one item concerns contracting with an arborist for tree care and maintenance downtown.

City hall will be closed Friday in observance of West Virginia Day. Trash will be collected on the normal schedule.

Business license renewals are due to the Treasurer’s Department by July 1. If you have not yet received a license renewal form in the mail, or if you are applying for your first license, you must first submit a copy of your state business license to the Treasurer’s Department. If you have questions, please call (304) 636-1414, ext. 1318 or ext. 1721.

All the above meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, all council and committee meetings are being held virtually. Log-in information for each meeting will be posted on this page: www.cityofelkinswv.com/login.

Business License Renewals Due June 30

Business license renewals are due to the Treasurer’s Department by June 30. If you have not yet received a license renewal form in the mail, or if you are applying for your first license, you must first submit a copy of your state business license to the Treasurer’s Department. If you have questions, please call (304) 636-1414, ext. 1318 or ext. 1721.
 
More information about business licenses and taxes is here.

Governor’s Guidance for Week 10 Reopenings

The “Week 10” phase of West Virginia’s statewide reopening plan starts Wednesday, July 1.

Below is an excerpt from the governor’s West Virginia Strong: The Comeback web page showing the business categories that may reopen this week (with links to guidance documents showing safety precautions they should, and in some cases must, take):

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Click here for information about keeping up with the latest news and updates concerning the governor’s reopening plan.

Governor’s Guidance for Week 9 Reopenings

The “Week 9” phase of West Virginia’s statewide reopening plan starts Monday, June 22. According to the governor’s website, it appears there will be no “Week 8” phase.

Below is an excerpt from the governor’s West Virginia Strong: The Comeback web page showing the business categories that may reopen this week (with links to guidance documents showing safety precautions they should, and in some cases must, take):

Monday, June 22, 2020

Click here for information about keeping up with the latest news and updates concerning the governor’s reopening plan.

Municipal Court Hours Changing July 1

Effective July 1, 2020, the Elkins Municipal Court’s hours will change. Starting on that date, court will be in session on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 p.m.-4:30 pm.
 
Also, for individuals wishing to contest traffic and/or parking citations, the judge will be available by appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
 
Persons wishing to make an appointment or who have questions should contact the municipal court clerk by email, at mmetheny@cityofelkinswv.com, or by phone, at (304) 635-7142.
 
For more information about Elkins Municipal Court, including coronavirus precautions, click here

City Hall News: June 8-12, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., June 6, 2020: Elkins City Hall is closed Tuesday, in observance of Primary Election Day in West Virginia. If you haven’t already, please exercise your most powerful tool as a citizen of a representative democracy – vote!

A Suddenlink outage this past Thursday night, affecting both direct internet and phone services as well as local cellular service, created technical difficulties resulting in the cancellation of the meeting of the Elkins Common Council. The mayor has called for a special call meeting this Thursday upcoming to take up council business.

Also next week, the Public Safety Committee will meet virtually on Monday at 10:00 a.m. to hear updates from the city’s public safety officials. The Elkins Planning Commission will meet on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom to review what is nearing a final draft of the updated zoning ordinance. Later that same day, the Elkins Tree Board will hold an in-person meeting (while observing CDC recommendations) at the Darden House at 5:30 p.m. All council, committee, board and commission meetings are open to the public. Login information and instructions for submitting public comments for those meetings being held virtually can be found here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/login.

Those needing to conduct business at city hall are still asked to minimize in-person visits and instead use online, phone, mail, and dropbox options. Contact information for all city offices is available through this page of the city website: www.cityofelkinswv.com/contact. If you must visit city hall, please adhere to all posted notices and CDC recommendations.

There is no change in trash service next week. Street paving will continue in various locations throughout the city.

Governor’s Guidance for Week 7 Reopenings

The “Week 7” phase of West Virginia’s statewide reopening plan starts Monday, June 8.

Below is an excerpt from the governor’s West Virginia Strong: The Comeback web page showing the business categories that may reopen this week (with links to guidance documents showing safety precautions they should, and in some cases must, take):

Monday, June 8, 2020

​Wednesday, June 10, 2020

  • Private campgrounds and State Park campgrounds, cabins, and lodges to out-of-state guests (Stays may last no longer than seven days)

Click here for information about keeping up with the latest news and updates concerning the governor’s reopening plan.

Governor’s Guidance for Week 6 Reopenings

The “Week 6” phase of West Virginia’s statewide reopening plan starts Friday, June 5.

Below is an excerpt from the governor’s West Virginia Strong: The Comeback web page showing the business categories that may reopen this week (with links to guidance documents showing safety precautions they should, and in some cases must, take):

Friday, June 5, 2020

Click here for information about keeping up with the latest news and updates concerning the governor’s reopening plan.

Elkins Municipal Court Announces COVID-19 Precautions

Elkins, W. Va., June 1, 2020: Elkins Municipal Court announced COVID-19 precautions that are effective immediately at all hearings, city officials said today. These precautions, which are based on an order issued by the West Virginia Supreme Court (WVSC), include requiring all parties in the courtroom to wear masks, sanitize their hands, and maintain distancing.

Under these precautions, the only persons allowed in the courtroom at the beginning of any hearing will be the judge, the prosecutor, the defense attorney, and the defendant. Witnesses will be required to wait outside until called and leave the courtroom after testifying.

All persons entering the courtroom must bring and wear their own masks, removing them only if directed by the judge. Medical or N95 masks are not required.

“Any type of face covering sufficient to catch droplets leaving the nose and mouth, including homemade fabric masks or bandanas, is appropriate,” according to the WVSC order.

Persons arriving without masks will be considered not to have appeared, and the hearing will proceed without them. All persons entering the courtroom must also sanitize their hands and remain at least six feet from other people present.

Anyone who is COVID-19 positive, who has been in contact with anyone who is COVID-19 positive, or who is experiencing a fever or cough should contact their attorney and the court for guidance. Please contact Elkins Municipal Court Clerk Michelle Metheny, at (304) 636-7142 or mmetheny@cityofelkinswv.com, with any questions.

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