Door Sign Available: Masks Required

Effective July 7, 2020, Governor Jim Justice announced an order requiring that “face coverings” be worn “in all public indoor places where social distancing cannot be maintained.”

The governor’s office has now distributed a door sign that business owners and others can post to remind customers of this requirement. Click here to download the sign.

The order does not apply to children under the age of 9 or anyone with a medical condition that counter-indicates wearing a face covering. The governor emphasized that medical-grade masks are not required and that any sort of face covering would be acceptable. (Click here for sew/no-sew mask-making instructions).

Click here to read the governor’s order.

Elkins City Hall Reopening Monday, July 13, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., July 12, 2020: Elkins City Hall, which closed on Thursday and Friday because an employee tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, will reopen Monday morning at 8 a.m. for normal hours of operation.

The purpose of the closure was to prevent any additional virus transmission while the extent of current spread within city hall staff was evaluated. On Thursday, city employees identified as having been in contact with the first affected employee were swabbed for the COVID-19 virus. As per DHHR and CDC guidelines, these employees then self-isolated while awaiting the results of their tests. During the closure, city hall maintenance staff performed deep cleaning of the first affected employee’s workspace and other nearby areas.

Although not all pending test results have been received yet, enough employees have tested negative for the virus to enable resumption of normal city hall operations. So far, no additional employees have tested positive. Employees who have not yet received test results by Monday morning will continue self-isolating at home until their results are received.

Everyone entering city hall is asked to adhere to the following West Virginia Governor’s Office safety guidelines and requirements.

  • Please visit city hall only if there is no other option. Remember that utility bills and municipal court fines can be paid by mail, online, phone, or via the dropbox behind city hall. Questions can be answered by phone or email. See cityofelkinswv.com for more details, including departmental contact information.
  • Wait your turn to enter. As ordered by the W. Va. DHHR, only two people may be admitted to the building’s lobby at a time.
  • Maintain the 6-foot social distancing requirement.
  • Wear a mask and sanitize your hands upon entering. As of July 6, 2020, the governor has ordered that all people wear face coverings inside public buildings. Sanitizer will be available at the counter.
  • Make an appointment to meet with non-Treasurer’s Department personnel. If you require a face-to-face meeting with a city hall employee located on the second floor, please contact that employee in advance, via phone or email, to arrange a time. This meeting will occur on the first floor, in the municipal courtroom, pending availability of that space.

Update Concerning Elkins City Hall COVID-19 Closure

Reopening Date Depends on Pending Test Results

Elkins, W. Va., July 10, 2020: Elkins City Hall remains closed today after one city hall employee tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on Wednesday. Reopening could occur as soon as Monday, July 13, but it is not yet possible to announce a firm reopening date.

This closure was ordered because, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, it is possible to carry the virus for as long as two weeks before showing symptoms, and city officials wanted to prevent additional cases being transmitted among other city staff members while the situation was being evaluated.

After learning of the first employee’s positive test and closing the building, city officials followed W. Va. DHHR and Randolph-Elkins Health Department (REHD) guidance to identify and document all known contacts with that first employee during the window of time when transmission might have occurred. City hall maintenance staff also commenced a deep cleaning of the indicated workspaces.

On Thursday, the identified individuals were swabbed for the COVID-19 virus. As per DHHR and CDC guidelines, these employees are required to self-isolate until test results are received.

“Employees whose tests come back negative are permitted to return to work immediately under strict precautions, such as distancing, masks, gloves as needed, and frequent sanitization measures,” said Elkins City Clerk Jessica Sutton. “The original employee who tested positive and any others who may test positive will have to follow individual guidance from the health department as to when and how they can return.”

After analyzing the layout of the building, the testing efforts that are underway, and the extent and nature of city hall employees’ interaction with customers, REHD officials have approved the reopening of city hall to the public once the testing process is complete. City officials are waiting to announce a firm reopening date until test results are received. City hall could reopen as early as Monday if a sufficient number of employees test negative for the COVID-19 virus.

“Of course, if we learn about any new positive cases, we will have to reevaluate additional potential employee exposures and any risk to the public before determining next steps,” said Sutton.

City Hall Closed Starting Thursday

An Employee has Tested Positive for Coronavirus

Elkins City Hall will be closed starting Thursday, July 9 because an employee has tested positive for coronavirus.

We are not able to provide an estimated reopening date at this time. We will update this announcement as soon as possible after further evaluation of this complex and fluid situation.

Please expect delayed responses to any emails or phone messages directed at city staff.

Utilities customers and those needing to pay court costs are reminded that it is possible to do so online.

* To pay utility bills: https://bit.ly/ElkinsBills
* To pay court costs: www.municipalonlinepayments.com/elkinswv

Governor: Face Coverings Required Indoors

At today’s coronavirus briefing, Governor Jim Justice announced an order requiring that “face coverings” be worn “in all public indoor places where social distancing cannot be maintained.”

The order is effective as of 12:01 a.m. on July 7, 2020.

The order does not apply to children under the age of 9 or anyone with a medical condition that counter-indicates wearing a face covering. The governor emphasized that medical-grade masks are not required and that any sort of face covering would be acceptable. (Click here for sew/no-sew mask-making instructions.

In remarks explaining the order and why he has issued it, the governor offered the following examples of when masks should be worn:

  • While entering and exiting your workplace (once inside, you may remove it if an appropriate distance can be maintained from coworkers)
  • At all times while in any retail establishment
  • When entering or exiting a restaurant or bar and otherwise when not actively engaged in the consumption of food or beverages

Click here to read the governor’s order.

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

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.

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.

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