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City, County Operations Adjust to Disease Epidemic

It became a different “ballgame” this past week. No, the major leagues didn’t begin play!

Instead the coronavirus crisis has taken over for the time being.

While it is here, numerous agencies/providers have come forward to help their fellow man not only in Marshall County, but nationwide.

In Marshall County agencies such as the Health Department, Emergency Management, hospitals, school officials, county officials, city officials, sheriff’s department, police departments, etc., hold daily meetings whether it is through telephone, cellphone, text, email, facebook, skype, fax or by any other means available.

Things seem to change daily and sometimes hourly, according to the locals who are connected with the governor, or their own government agency.

At the Marshall County Health Department, Administrator Tom Cook meets each morning with threat preparedness director Mark Ackermann and director of nursing Misty Merinar to review any changes from over night. These finding are passed on to other staff members. Cook said, “We have a great staff, just as other staffs which are involved in this undertaking.”

Cook said the health department receives numerous questions from people wanting to know about different events scheduled in the county. Cook said, “I tell them to reschedule the event if possible.”

As to the operation of the health department, it remains open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. However, the doors of the facility will be locked during working hours and people will need to call the health department at 304-845-7840 to access the entrance.

All people entering the health department will be asked to sanitize their hands upon entry.

Cook said, “We also will ask anyone with flu like symptoms to return later when feeling better.”

Any questions may be directed Tom Cook.

As to clinics, etc., offered by the health department, some have been suspended while others require appointments.

Regular immunization clinics will be by appointment only, as will be influenza vaccine, PPD skin testing and STD testing.

Food handler classes have been suspended but online food handlers course remain active at www.statefoodsafety.com.

Birth control services will continue to be available by contacting the department.

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During a brief meeting Tuesday morning, the Marshall County Commission set up some requirements as a result of COVID-19.

The commissioners ask that the public only visit the courthouse and other county buildings if absolutely necessary until further notice, with this request in order to help county employees health.

The public is encouraged to use the county online tools to pay taxes and look up documents, and to use the mail to record documents.

They expressed thanks in advance for the public’s cooperation during this unusual time.

The link to all county offices can be found at http://marshallcountysv.org

The telephone numbers of county offices are:

County Commission Office, 304-845-0482.

County Clerk’s Office, 304-845-1220.

Circuit Clerk’s Office, 304-845-2130.

Sheriff’s Office, 304-843-1500.

Sheriff’s Tax Office, 304-843-1400.

Prosecutor’s Office, 304-845-3580.

Emergency Management, 304-843-1130.

For all emergencies call 911.

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The Federal and State Emergency involving COVID-19 has resulted in some changes involving the city of Moundsville. City Manager Rick Healy said on Friday morning that City Council will be holding a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, with one item on the agenda, that pertaining to the 2020-21 budget. The meeting will be closed to the public, however, the meeting will be on the city’s Facebook Live, which will enable residents to make any comments.

All city offices/building are closed.

All staff will continue to report and business will be undertaken as much as possible.

The public is asked to use the telephone or e-mail to conduct business.

There are drop boxes at the front and rear doors of the city building to make all types of payments (water, municipal fee/garbage, parking tickets, etc.). Payments can also be made online.

All public safety departments will continue to operate with their own safety guidelines. The sanitation personnel is continuing to pick up garbage and trash.

All other non-essential board and/or commission meetings have been canceled.

The Four Seasons Pool is closed.

The playgrounds will remain open and all of them are being sanitized daily.

The police department building is closed to the public, although those having questions can speak to the dispatcher on duty.

If residents have questions, they can call any of the municipal offices.

Also, people should continue to view the city’s webside at www.cityofmoundsville.com and follow the city’s Facebook page as information changes rapidly.

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As to information dealing with Marshall County schools, any Marshall County student who would like an enrollment form for their driver’s license the person can call the Marshall County Schools’ attendance director, Ms. Mercer, at 304-843-4400, ext. 345.

Callers should leave a message with their legal name, student number and a phone number where they can be reached.

Ms. Mercer will be checking her messages periodically throughout the week. She will call the person leaving the phone number and providing information dealing with when their enrollment form. Once notified, the individual can pick up the form at the Board of Education office from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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The John Marshall High School Blood Drive scheduled for Monday has been canceled.

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The Cameron Recreation Park is a facility that resides just north of Cameron along U.S. 250, near Cameron High School. It contains three baseball/softball fields, a large pavilion and a stage for outdoor entertainment. CRP advertising space is being made available to local businesses.

Anyone interested in space can contact Park Committee Chairman Larry O. Hartley at 4115 Dragon Highway Suite, Cameron, 26033.

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With spring having arrived this past week, the number of persons utilizing the Sam Shaw Track at Valley Fork Park has increased, and personnel with the city of Moundsville Recreation Department are getting things in shape.

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Today from 10-11 a.m. there will be a “Drive in Communion” at the First Christian Church in Moundsville.

Pastor Wesley Howsare will be located at the rear of the church by the elevator entrance, and anyone who wants to can drive by he will provide communion and have a prayer with the person or persons in the vehicle. He states, “I really hope this will help us maintain some kind of contact during this unique time in our country, state and church.”

He added, “This inconvenience of not being with each other is temporary. We will soon be back worshiping and having fellowship together and sharing with each other and future generations.”

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