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Elkins City Hall to reopen today

ELKINS — After being closed two days last week after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, Elkins City Hall will reopen today at 8 a.m. for normal hours.

City Hall was closed to help prevent any additional virus transmission while the extent of the current spread within city hall staff was evaluated.

On Thursday, employees identified as having been in contact with the first infected employee were swabbed for the COVID-19 virus, a city press release states. As per DHHR and CDC guidelines, these employees then self-isolated while awaiting the results of their tests. During the closure, city hall maintenance staff performed deep cleaning of the first affected employee’s workspace and other nearby areas.

Although not all pending test results have been received, enough employees have tested negative for the virus to enable resumption of normal City Hall operations, the release states. So far, no additional employees have tested positive and those who have not yet received test results by Monday will continue self-isolating at home until their results are received.

Everyone entering City Hall is asked to adhere to the following West Virginia Governor’s Office safety guidelines and requirements:

• Please visit City Hall only if there is no other option. Utility bills and municipal court fines can be paid by mail, online, phone or via the dropbox behind City Hall. Questions can be answered by phone or email. See cityofelkinswv.com for more details, including departmental contact information.

• Wait your turn to enter. As ordered by the state DHHR, only two people may be admitted to the building’s lobby at a time.

• Maintain the six-foot social distancing requirement.

• Wear a mask and sanitize your hands upon entering.

• Make an appointment to meet with non-Treasurer’s Department personnel. If you require a face-to-face meeting with a City Hall employee located on the second floor, please contact that employee in advance, via phone or email, to arrange a time. This meeting will occur on the first floor, in the municipal courtroom, pending availability of that space.

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