Local Updates and Changes in Response to COVID-19

Updated 3-31-20

Hardy County Schools are closed until Monday, April 20. Meals are available for pickup at Moorefield Elementary and East Hardy Early Middle schools from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily. Please contact your child’s school if you need additional support. Hardy County Schools stands ready to assist in any way.

The Potomac Valley Transit Authority is offering Ready-Ride on Tuesday, beginning at 6 a.m. to accommodate seniors in Moorefield going to Walmart.
Hawse Shop-N-Save will be open from 8 – 9 a.m. everyday for seniors.
Petersburg Shop-N-Save will be open from 8 – 9 a.m. everyday for seniors.
Food Lion in Moorefield and Romney is open from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. every day.

Love Memorial Clinic will implement the following as of Wednesday, March 25:

  1. If you are ill, call first.
  2. If you have traveled outside of WV, have fever >100, cough, or shortness of breath, we will refer you to emergent care. Grant Memorial Hospital would prefer you call ahead. 304-257-1026 select option 5.
  3. We will still be open and see routine patients from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Our lunch hour will be 1-2 p.m.
  4. We will see ill patients that do not fit the criteria of #2 after 2 PM. You may be asked to remain in your car until you can be seen.
  5. We will be closed Wednesday evenings/ we will close at
    5 p.m.
  6. We ask that you come alone to your appointment, leave your family member/driver in the car while you are seen. If the patient is under age 18, one parent may accompany the patient.
  7. We are attempting to care for the patients, the community, and ourselves as best we can, thank you for your assistance.
  8. Events are rapidly changing, we will attempt to keep you updated.

Hardy Telecommunications offices in Moorefield, Lost River and Wardensville will be closed to customer foot traffic. We will still be available to take customer phone calls, and we have numerous payment options available. You can call our offices at 304-897-9911 and 304-530-5000.
Payment Options:
Payments can be mailed to any of our three offices: 2255 Kimseys Run Road, Lost River, WV 26810; 121 South Main St., Moorefield, WV 26836; and 345 East Main St., Suite A, Wardensville, WV 26851.
We accept payments by phone. Simply call one of our offices at 304-897-9911 or 304-530-5000.
Customers can pay online by credit card with our E-Care service through our website at hardynet.com.
Payment drop boxes are located in the parking lots of our three offices for after-hours payments. We are checking the drop boxes on a more frequent basis.
Many other services, including service troubles, can be resolved remotely and don’t require a technician to visit your home – in many cases we can troubleshoot with you and walk you through a solution. For after-hours telephone issues, call 304-897-9913 or 304-530-HELP (4357); for after-hours internet/TV issues, call 1-800-884-0778.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has decided to cancel all hunter education courses until further notice.
Online courses are available for a fee. Go to any of the following websites to access those classes:
www.hunter-ed.com/westvirginia
www.huntercourse.com/usa/westvirginia
www.hunteredcourse.com/westvirginia
www.beasafehunter.org
www.NRAHE.org
Once you have passed the course, print your certificate and contact the local DNR office to schedule your Alternative Delivery exam, which includes written and “hands-on” elements as well as firearm safety. To schedule your exam, call District 2 – Romney at 304-822-3551.

Governor Jim Justice announced that West Virginia residents can enjoy a month of free fishing. Beginning today through Friday, April 24th, the requirement to possess a fishing license to fish in state-regulated waters has been waived for state residents. Anglers must practice safe social distancing.
DNR Law Enforcement will continue to patrol all state waterways. Officers may require proof of West Virginia residency, a valid driver’s license, or a state-issued ID. Existing license and stamp requirements for non-residents will remain in place. All fishing regulations remain in effect both for residents and nonresidents; these include bag limits, slot limits, catch-and-release areas, and fly-fishing-only areas.
This waiver of the license requirement applies only to fishing licenses. It also includes a waiver for trout and conservation stamps. All requirements for hunting licenses remain in effect.

The Riverfest celebration scheduled for Saturday, May 23 has been cancelled. Vendors will receive reimbursements shortly. We look forward to spending a day on the river on Saturday, May 29, 2021.

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 WVU Hardy County Extension Office will operate by email and phone messages 304-530-0273 until further notice. If you have an immediate need please contact them and an appointment can be made to meet your needs. While they know these steps are necessary, they also know how important and valuable Extension is for our community. They appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.

The Hardy County Public Library will be closed until further notice.
No fines will be accrued during this time.  The book drop will be open and returned items will be cleaned.
Wifi will be open for parking lot use. Patrons will be kept up to date via FB, the Moorefield Examiner as well as PSA’s on local radio station.

Governor Jim Justice has ordered all beauty salons, nail salons and barbershops closed until further notice.

Walmart will only be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
In addition, every Tuesday there will be an hour-long senior shopping event for customers 60 and older. These will begin a 6 a.m., and pharmacies and vision centers will also be open. This will go on until April 28.
The auto centers will also be closed.

The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles is closed to the public. Many of the most requested DMV transactions can be performed online or mailed in and do not require a trip to a regional office. DMV Headquarters in Charleston will remain in operation with a smaller staff to continue all online and mail-in business transactions while maintaining social distance internally for employee safety.
Online services include:
• Driver’s license renewal (if no changes, and every other cycle)
• Duplicate driver’s license request
• Vehicle registration renewals
• Duplicate vehicle registration decals and cards
• Print your driving record
• Check your driver’s license status
A full list of online services may be found by going to dmv.wv.gov.
The DMV is also extending the expiration date of any driver’s license, instructional permit, or vehicle registration with an expiration date in March or April of 2020 for three months from the date of expiration on the face of the document. 
For more information, you may contact the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles at 1-800-642-9066.

The South Branch Cinema 6 is closed until further notice
The South Branch Potomac Lanes is closed.