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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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.
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Elkins, WV 26241
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, 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…)
From the Office of
West Virginia Secretary of State
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…)
April 18, 2020
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, 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…)
The following was released by the Randolph-Elkins Health Department.
April 11, 2020
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…)
Shockey joined the sanitation department in 2015
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…)