Elkins to Restart Street Sweeping April 20

To Reduce Infection Risk, Schedules Will Not be Delivered

Elkins, W. Va., April 15, 2020: The City of Elkins street sweeper will start making its daily rounds again on Monday, April 20. In the past, city workers have hand-delivered street-sweeping schedules to homes and businesses in the city. This year, to reduce infection risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, schedules will not be hand delivered. Instead, they may be downloaded on the city website at: www. bit.ly/ElkinsStreetSweeper.

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…)

City Hall News: April 13-17

Elkins W. Va., April 11, 2020: The regular council meeting of April 16 has been postponed until Tuesday, April 21. Elkins Common Council—like every other city and county governing body in West Virginia—is required by state code to meet on the third Tuesday of April to finalize its annual budget process, so Mayor Van Broughton has combined the two meetings. (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…)

Executive Order Prohibiting Door-to-Door Solicitation and Yard, Porch, Garage, and Similar Sales

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency; and,

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Governor of West Virginia declared a state emergency; and,

WHEREAS, as of March 17, 2020, the Mayor of the City of Elkins declared a city-wide state of emergency; and,

WHEREAS, the Emergency Proclamation issued on March 17, 2020 invokes the authority granted to me by West Virginia Code § 15-5-1, et seq., and Elkins City Charter Sec. 20, et seq., to, among other powers, issue executive orders necessary in the management of this existing and threatened state of emergency; and, (more…)

City Hall News: April 6-10, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., April 4, 2020: Council’s Finance Committee kicks off the week with a meeting Monday at 10 a.m. Items on the agenda include consideration of next year’s police cruiser fleet contract; a presentation by Woodlands Development Group & Community Lenders on a proposed bridge-loan program for small businesses impacted by coronavirus closures; and the PEIA plan premium. The committee will also discuss proposed FY 2020 budget adjustments. (more…)

Riverbend Park Closed to the Public Until Further Notice

Elkins W. Va., April 3, 2020: Riverbend Park in Elkins will be closed to the public until further notice, City of Elkins and Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission officials announced today. The reason is the park’s proximity to the city’s wastewater treatment plant amid concerns related to transmission of COVID-19. (more…)

City of Elkins Suspending Pickup of Bulky Solid Waste Items and Unbagged Trash

Special Pickups Paused, Spring Cleanup Postponed Indefinitely

Elkins W. Va., April 4, 2020: To reduce infection risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Elkins Sanitation Department will no longer accept any items not contained in a tied trash bag. Also, the Elkins Street Department is suspending most special pickups of bulky solid waste items, and the City of Elkins Spring Cleanup event is postponed indefinitely. (more…)

Randolph County Health Department Coronavirus Update: April 2, 2020

The following information has been provided by Bonnie Woodrum, an infectious disease specialist at the Randolph-Elkins Health Department.

As of the morning of April 2, 2020, for Randolph County:

  • Number of tests performed to date:  65
  • Number of pending tests: 34
  • Number of negative tests:  28
  • Number of positive tests: 3
  • Net new positive cases in last 24 hours: 1 case. This case was associated with travel and the individual has self-quarantined since arriving in Randolph County in a private vehicle, alone. Because the patient arrived from an endemic country and was well informed as was the family/host, strict quarantine as well as use of masks, gloves, and sanitizing of surfaces has been observed. The patient has not been within 6 feet of anyone since arrival.
  • Notes on PPE supplies: Small shipments have been arriving from the national stockpile and have been distributed to the hospital and first responders and small amounts to direct care givers – however much more is needed.  The state government is seeking more supplies for all who need them.
  • Notes on volunteers/donations needed:  There are shortages of spray disinfectants, bleach, alcohol, hand sanitizers and, of course, masks, gowns, gloves.

Notes: 

  • We now have 3 cases in Randolph County. Two are associated with foreign travel; these individuals have been on self-quarantine since reaching WV. For all three cases, all contacts have been identified and are self-quarantined and under daily monitoring.
  • I have talked with the rep for Red Cross in Randolph County re blood drives – she’ll get back to us if/when she learns anything.
  • Local and county health givers and health departments receive information about positive tests first.  Information is sent to the state once the actual lab reports are received and verified.  Then, the published state data must be updated – when the updater has opportunity.

Rumors and inaccurate information may cause unfounded reactions or panic. Please consult reliable sources for latest known facts about COVID-19.

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