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Elkins City Hall closes after positive test

ELKINS — City officials announced Wednesday evening that Elkins City Hall is closing because a city employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

A city press release Wednesday evening stated, “Elkins City Hall will be closed starting Thursday, July 9 because an employee has tested positive for coronavirus.

“We are not able to provide an estimated reopening date at this time. We will update this announcement as soon as possible after further evaluation of this complex and fluid situation,” the release states.

“Please expect delayed responses to any emails or phone messages directed at city staff.

“Utilities customers and those needing to pay court costs are reminded that it is possible to do so online.

“To pay utility bills: https://bit.ly/ElkinsBills.

“To pay court costs: www.municipalonlinepayments.com/elkinswv,” the release states.

Elkins City Hall closed March 17, after Gov. Jim Justice declared a statewide state of emergency the day before, as the coronavirus pandemic was underway.

All non-essential city employees were excused, while all essential employees were expected to report for work.

Officials announced Elkins City Hall would reopen on May 11, but that reopening was pushed back to May 18 because of difficulties obtaining protective equipment.

The protocol for the reopening stated “only two customers at a time will be allowed to enter the city hall lobby and will be asked to observe social distancing of six feet from other people who are not behind the plexiglass window of the treasurer or police department’s counter. Meetings with city staff having offices on the second floor will be by appointment only, on the first floor.”

Elkins City Council meetings have been held virtually online, on the Zoom platform, since the initial closing of Elkins City Hall.

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