Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Elkins

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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

“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.
  • The governor has ordered that people wear a CDC-recommended face covering inside public buildings when social distancing cannot be maintained.

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

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:

Here are some additional local resources:

 

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