Coronavirus Pandemic Forces Changes to Local Events and Activities

• Hardy County Schools are closed through Friday, March 27. Meals are available for pickup at all schools from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily. Instructional packets will be available at your child’s school on Thursday, March 19 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Friday, March 20 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please contact your child’s school if you need additional support. Hardy County Schools stands ready to assist in any way.

• Starting Monday March 16 at 5:00 a.m., the GRANT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL will have only one point of entry for all patients, visitors, doctors, and employees at the Main Entrance, until further notice.  Upon arrival, you will be asked a few questions before entering the Hospital. These questions are from the CDC, and help us identify any risk of COVID-19 exposure.  Please allow a few extra minutes for this process.  Staff will be available to assist as needed.

Also, if you believe you may have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to it, please call 304-257-1026 and ask to speak to the ER Nurse before coming to the Hospital or clinics. Nurses will give you appropriate health care instructions. You can also call the State of WV DHHR Hotline at 1-800-887-4304 for questions you may have about COVID-19.

• The Hardy County Health Fair scheduled for Saturday, March 28 has been cancelled.

• Activities related to Potomac Highlands Maple Day scheduled for Saturday, March 21 have been cancelled. This includes the Bus Tours, the Mineral County Maple Market and the Potomac State Maple Tours. Refunds will be issued for the bus tours.

• The Wardensville Bull Sale has moved to the South Branch Valley Livestock Exchange, 341 Clay St. in Moorefield. The sale will begin at 1 p.m.

• At Eastern WV Community and Technical College, effective Monday, March 16 all face-to-face classes will transition to an online format. Eastern realizes this effort is not accomplished by flipping a switch. Beginning next week, faculty and students will receive additional information, training, support services and information to make a transition from face-to-face classes to an online format. Online Class assignments and testing will resume the week of March 23.

Eastern will communicate through a variety of media options to keep you informed. They will let you know when live classes will resume on campus.

• Potomac State College classes have been suspended until Monday, March 30, at which time students will continue their classes remotely via online or other alternative methods. All on-campus events have been canceled through April 9, including, the Mineral County Maple Market (March 21); the STEM Festival (March 28); and the on-stage production of Disney’s High School Musical (March 20-29), among others. Refunds to individuals who bought tickets on Eventbrite for the College’s on-stage performance of Disney’s High School Musical have already been requested by the College and people should see their refunds within seven business days.

• The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in West Virginia. As of March 15, 2020, at 9:30 p.m., West Virginia, through its public health lab, has tested 41 residents for COVID-19, with 38 results coming back negative and three tests pending.