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

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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

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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.

City Hall News: June 1-5, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., May 30, 2020: Council’s Finance Committee meets virtually Monday, June 1, at 10 a.m. The committee will hear updates on the city’s financial position, in addition to reviewing several proposed budget revisions.

Council meets virtually Thursday, June 4, at 7 p.m. The agenda has not yet been finalized but so far includes consideration of any budget revisions recommended for approval at Monday’s Finance Committee meeting.

Budget revisions occur when it is necessary to move funds from one line or department in the budget to cover unanticipated expenses in another. When funds are proposed to be shifted within departments, council’s approval is sufficient. When funds are proposed to be moved between departments, revisions are subject to review by the state auditor’s office to ensure the city’s overall budget will remain in balance after the change.

Council also plans to discuss options for and challenges to returning to in-person meetings.

Street paving will continue in various locations throughout the city during the first part of the week.

All council, committee, board, and commission meetings are open to the public. All meetings are being held virtually, using the Zoom platform. Login information and instructions for submitting public comments can be found here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/login.

Governor’s Guidance for Week 5 Reopenings

The “Week 5” phase of West Virginia’s statewide reopening plan starts Tuesday, May 26 (with some categories of businesses opening Saturday, May 30).

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):

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

COVID-19 Testing Saturday in Elkins and Mill Creek

Covid Testing is Saturday, May 30

Elkins, WV – There will be a community Covid-19 testing this Saturday, May 30 at locations in Mill Creek and Elkins.  The tests are free to the public and will not be subject to pre-screening guidelines.

According to Elkins-Randolph County Health Department Director of Threat Preparedness Bonnie Woodrum, the testing will help state officials determine the amount of community coronavirus spread in the county.

Testing at both locations will be available from 10 am until 4 pm, or while supplies last.

In Elkins, the public may visit the Davis Medical Center (DMC) Covid Testing Drive-Thru Site located on the campus of DMC.  Valley HealthCare will provide testing at their site in Mill Creek, 6 Town Center Plaza, Suite A.

At the sites, medical staff will administer the test while motorists remain in their cars.  The screening involves a quick nasal swab, which will be sent to a state-designated laboratory for processing.  Testing will be by request, which means no criteria will have to be met, and no age restrictions apply.

Woodrum is coordinating the testing event with assistance from local groups including Davis Medical Center, The Office of Emergency Management, Randolph County Sherriff’s Department, Valley HealthCare, and the Randolph County Emergency Squad.  The West Virginia Army National Guard is providing 500 test kits for each site, required forms, PPE and coolers, and will pick up and deliver specimens. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department will provide for support by law enforcement.

“Because our county has had a rapid increase in positive cases, including ones resulting from community spread, we need a better understanding of the magnitude.  This testing event will provide a good sampling from which to draw valuable data,” said Woodrum.

Residents should continue to practice coronavirus safety measures including hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing face coverings while in public.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Education (CDC), these practices can help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Questions about the May 30, 2020 community testing should be directed to the Elkins-Randolph County Health Department at 304.636.0396.

May 28, 2020

Contact: Tracy Fath, 304.637.3467

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