Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Elkins
On May 13, City of Elkins announced the scheduled dates of multiple reductions in coronavirus-related restrictions. Click here to learn more.
The state of West Virginia and the City of Elkins remain under declared states of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although states of emergency do not automatically impose any restrictions on businesses or the public, certain additional city and state orders affecting businesses and the public remain in effect.
Please read on to learn more about:
- Steps being taken to limit the spread of COVID-19
- What local and state orders remain in effect
- What guidelines are available to help you keep yourself and your community as safe as possible
- Trustworthy sources of information about the virus and response efforts and recommendations
How You Can Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 in Elkins
- Pay utility bills by mail, phone, online, or by using the drop box behind city hall
- Put out items for collection by the Sanitation Department only in tied trash bags
- Follow public health orders and the governor’s guidelines (available here)
- Stay at home/work from home as much as possible
- Maintain a six-foot distance from people outside your household
- Wear a mask inside stores and wherever distancing is difficult
Local Pandemic Response Actions
- City hall reopens Monday, May 18, 8am-4:30pm (click here to learn what to expect when you visit)
- All council and committee meetings are being held virtually (login info will be posted here)
- Elkins public playgrounds are closed
- Riverbend Park is closed
- Spring Cleanup is postponed indefinitely
- The Sanitation Department can accept only items contained in tied trash bags
- Per the mayor, yard, garage, and similar sales and door-to-door solicitation are allowed again as of Friday, May 15
- Per the governor, most gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited
“Reopening” and “Safer at Home”
Governor Justice’s plan for “reopening”—or gradually reducing pandemic-related restrictions—”West Virginia Strong: The Comeback,” has been underway since May 5, 2020. (Review the plan here.) The governor has also replaced his Stay at Home order with a Safer at Home order.
Under the governor’s plan, as long as the rate of positive tests for coronavirus remains under 3 percent, restrictions will be reduced week by week. This rate and other pandemic statistics are updated daily on the W. Va. DHHR coronavirus page.
The governor holds a daily live briefing that may be viewed on his YouTube channel. Typically, each Monday, the governor announces the restrictions that will be reduced the following Monday. The governor typically releases industry-specific guidance and other written information about each new change within 24 hours of announcement on his website.
Safer at Home
West Virginia remains under Governor Justice’s Safer at Home order, which can be reviewed here. Some of the main points are:
- West Virginians are still strongly encouraged to leave home only for essential activities.
- Staying at home remains critically important for seniors, people with compromised immune systems, and other vulnerable populations.
- Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay at home as well.
- Businesses defined as non-essential can start re-opening by category, according to the schedule announced by the governor each week.
- Gatherings are still limited to 25 people, with certain exceptions such as religious services.
- Social distancing is strongly encouraged and required in certain settings.
- Wearing a CDC-recommended mask or face covering is strongly encouraged and required in certain settings.
Other Local Agencies
City officials are in touch with the Randolph County Health Department (RCHD), the Randolph County Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (formerly RC OEM), Davis Medical System, Randolph County Board of Education (RC BOE), and others as we track this fluid situation. We will continue to consult with these and state authorities as this situation evolves.
How to Stay Up to Date
- Governor Jim Justice’s Twitter feed
- Text/email Nixle alerts from Randolph County Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
- Text/email Nixle alerts from City of Elkins (separate registration from above): send email with mobile number or email address to ElkinsNixle@cityofelkinswv.com
- Elkins City Hall Facebook page
- Elkins City Hall Twitter feed
- Elkins City Hall email alerts (sign up for our Newsletter by entering your email address below)
General Information and Guidance
To accurately assess risk and make the best possible preparations, it is important to rely on scientific, evidence-based information from public health authorities.
Don’t rely on media reports or pay attention to rumors on social media; instead, go right to the source.
The most authoritative sources of information about COVID-19 are:
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- The World Health Organization (WHO)
- The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Here are some additional local resources:
- Davis Health System COVID-19 page
- Randolph County Health Department (RCHD)
- Randolph County Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
- Randolph County Board of Education