COVID-19 Info

 

In an effort to protect the public and our employees, all transactions with departments in City Hall must be done via drop box, telephone or internet. Our drop boxes are located on the front porch of City Hall, City Hall parking lot, Fire Department parking lot and in front of the Library. 

You may contact City Hall at 304-842-8200 and request the department you want, or you may contact that department directly at the number below:

Police Department       304-842-8260
Fire Department           304-842-8252
Utility Services             304-842-8220
Tax & License              304-842-8229 or 304-842-8230
Code Enforcement      304-842-8218
Engineering                  304-842-8231

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September 15, 2020

FREE COVID Testing this Friday, September 18th, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 12, 2020

Contact tracing is a public health technique used to identify individuals who have had close contact with someone known to have the virus. Because of the urgent need to notify those that may have been exposed and prevent larger outbreaks, tracers will often use a variety of methods to contact the individual, including calls and text messages.

Scammers follow the headlines and have started impersonating contact tracers. Patrick Webre, Chief of the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau recently addressed this scam in an interview with ABC New York’s 7 On Your Side. https://abc7ny.com/7-on-your-side-covid-scams-coronavirus-covid-19/6345390/

Be aware, legitimate contact tracers will not ask for:

  • Insurance information
  • Bank account information
  • Credit card numbers
  • Social Security numbers
  • or payment

If a caller asks for any of the above, hang up.

Contact tracers will also never reveal the identity of the person who tested positive. They will also be able to provide current local testing locations.

Scammers are also using text messages to impersonate contact tracers. Never click on a link in a text message from an unknown sender, it may install malware onto your device or take you to a phony website designed to collect personal information.

Learn more about contact tracing scams by visiting: https://www.fcc.gov/fear-fuels-covid-19-contact-tracing-scams.

Check with your state’s health department or COVID-19 task force to learn how they are implementing contact tracing and how they plan to contact individuals who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing methods may vary by state.

The FCC’s COVID-19 Consumer Guide   has information about coronavirus scams and how you can avoid becoming a victim, along with helpful tips on cell phone hygiene and optimizing your home wireless network, and more.

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July 20, 2020

 

State will award grants of up to $5,000

to businesses affected by pandemic

 

 

The State of West Virginia is now accepting applications for the WV CARES Act Small Business Grant Program. Small businesses affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic are eligible for up to $5,000 in relief. If you’re a West Virginia business owner with between 1 and 35 full-time employees, you may qualify for assistance to cover expenses and losses caused by the pandemic.

Eligible expenses and losses include the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for staff, the cost of re-stocking inventory to reopen and losses due to reduced sales, suspended operations or closure.

For a complete list of eligibility requirements and allowable expenses; https://grants.wv.gov/en/flexible-page?pageId=1424

Deadline to apply is Sept. 30, 2020

TO APPLY - https://grantsapp.wv.gov/Home

If you have questions about registration or use, please email GrantHelp@wv.gov or call 1-833-94-GRANT.
For technical inquiries, contact
GrantTechSupport@wv.gov or call 1-855-666-8823.

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July 9, 2020

FREE COVID-19 TESTING

To increase COVID-19 testing opportunities, the Governor's Office, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, WV Department of Health and Human Resources, WV National Guard and community partners are providing FREE testing for residents in counties with high minority populations and evidence of COVID-19 transmission. 

This testing is free and available to all residents in selected counties, including asymptomatic individuals. Proof of insurance is NOT required. Attendees should bring identification, such as a driver’s license or proof of address, to help in returning test results. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 

NOTE: Testing will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.

UPCOMING TESTING SITES DATES AND LOCATIONS — UPDATED WEEKLY

Harrison County  

July 14th
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Robert C. Byrd High School
1 Eagle Way
Clarksburg, WV 

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July 8, 2020

From: Dr. Nancy Joseph, MD                      Contact: Joseph C. Bundy, MPA 
Health Officer                                              Executive Director         
                                                                    joseph.c.bundy@wv.gov
For Immediate Release July 08, 2020 

The Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department wants to update the community regarding a spike in positive cases of COVID-19.  Operational data from the 7-day period from 7/1/2020 through 7/7/2020 indicate 24 new positive case reports.  Several identifiable factors are associated with risk of infection among Harrison County residents in relation to the recent increase in the spread of this disease.  Travel, particularly out-of-state is and has been a significant risk factor for infection.  Household members as well as extended family members of infected individuals are also at enhanced risk. In addition, gatherings are a risk factor for infection and have been reported in several smaller gatherings, also among non-household family members visiting.  Further, more than 60 people have been quarantined due to contact risk with positive cases, which impacts not only those people and their families, but the businesses and agencies where they work.  Lastly, misunderstanding and/or disregarding isolation or quarantine can and will cause illness among family members and the community at large.   
 
Three areas of public action can have a remarkable impact on future cases: 
 
First, avoid nonessential travel. Most areas of the United States have increasing cases of COVID- 19 and Harrison County cases have come from multiple states during June and early July. Businesses and agencies are encouraged to consider travel-related policies in lieu of governmental restriction. Policies can include bans on nonessential work travel and/or 14-day work from home policies after travel. Travelers should consider self-quarantine for 14 days after travel and consider the consequences of any work-related return policies or government-imposed quarantine orders which might be imposed during travel. 
 
Second, social distancing and face covering is effective in not only reducing the spread of the disease, but in decreasing the likelihood one will be quarantined in a contact situation. A large proportion of illness and quarantine has resulted from not following guidelines in these two areas. Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To 
Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department 330 W. Main Street Clarksburg, WV 26301 Phone:304-623-9308 Fax: 304-623-9364 http://hchealthdepartment.org/ 
practice social or physical distancing stay at least 6 feet from other people. All people for whom it is safe to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth should do so in the presence of any other person not in your household, especially indoors. 
 
Thirdly, isolation and quarantine restrict all interactions between people who are ill or are at high risk to become ill and all other people. Isolated or quarantined persons should not leave their house, when at all possible. This can require assistance in obtaining food and medication. Should you need assistance in this manner please contact the Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department. 
 
In all matters during this pandemic, The Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department strongly encourages everyone to practice the measures in place for their protection. These measures include frequent hand washing, face coverings to include a mask, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, avoid close contact and cover coughs and sneezes. Measures must also take special care to protect individuals at increased risk of severe disease – people who are older or have other medical conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung disease, and others. 

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June 19, 2020

Guidance for Vacation Travel as distributed from the DHHR.

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June 2, 2020

WV Energy Efficiency Impact Grant Program.

Due to the recent economic strain felt by small businesses during the coronavirus, this micro-grant program is designed to assist small businesses throughout the state in making energy efficiency upgrades to their business. Current funding allows for at least 12 micro-grants to be awarded, totaling no more than $3,000 each. Another round of funding for this program will be available on October 1, 2020.

Allowable uses for the grant:

  • Installation of insulation
  • Installation of energy efficient lighting
  • HVAC upgrades (to existing systems)
  • Weather sealing
  • Purchase and installation of ENERGY STAR appliances (includes but not limited to, furnaces and air conditioners)

Criteria for Eligible Businesses:

  • Must be a registered business in good standing with the State of West Virginia.
  • Have a physical establishment within the state.
  • Business must have been established on or before May 1, 2019
  • Have no more than 15 full-time employees (as of April 1, 2020);
  • Generate $1 million or less in profits in 2019.
  • Have no pre-existing tax liens or legal judgements

The following entities are NOT eligible:

  • Home-based businesses
  • Churches
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Banks & financial institutions
  • Investment real-estate entities
  • Government agencies

Click HERE to apply.

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June 2, 2020

FREE COVID Testing Flyer...click HERE for more information.

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May 11, 2020

Here are several more guidelines released by the Governor's office relating to reopening businesses in West Virginia.  The Week 3 guidelines are in effect beginning today and the Week 4 guidelines will take effect next Thursday, May 21st, in time for the Memorial Day weekend. 

Restaurant Guidelines
Wellness Centers Guidelines
Outdoor Equipment Guidelines
Campground Guidelines
Large Retail Guidelines

For more information, please visit Governor Justice's Website.

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May 11, 2020

Updates from the SBA

  • Loan Money is still available through the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • Upcoming webinars from WV SBA.  Registration & more details below:
  • Monday, May 11, 2020 at 2 p.m. Q & A with SBA
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 2 p.m.  Q & A with SBA
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 2 p.m.  Q & A with SBA
  • Thursday May 14, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.  Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): Will You Forgive Me?  

Click here for Microsoft Teams Link.

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May 8, 2020

The 2020 Census is in full swing and the Mayor and City Council urge every resident of Bridgeport and Harrison County to fill out the Census information that is being distributed.  An accurate count of every resident is extremely important.

Every person in West Virginia that does not respond to the US Census is $20,000 lost in federal funds for West Virginia and our communities over the next ten years. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. Our community has the potential to receive resources based on census population counts that help pay for hospitals, emergency services, schools, roads, infrastructure, economic development, and much more. The Census data also helps the state retain Congressional representation, which is based on population. All of mentioned items impact the lives of Bridgeport residents and all West Virginians.

Companies use Census data to determine where to locate new stores, restaurants and other industries. This could potentially provide a huge economic boost to Bridgeport and surrounding areas.

As of May 6th, 2020, Harrison County has received a response rate of 48.5%, but there is still time to do your civic duty and fill out the survey.

City officials encourage you to fill out and return the requested Census information. The survey takes minutes to complete and your responses are safe and confidential!

Go online now to BE COUNTED: https://2020census.gov/

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May 7, 2020

WVU is offering virtual sessions designed to prepare businesses to get up-and-running and reengage with customers through the state’s phased reopening plan that spans the month of May, and will feature experts from WVU, Grow with Google, the Robert C. Byrd Institute, the WV Small Business Development Center and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Mountaineer Country Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

Topics and dates for the webinars are detailed below. All sessions can be accessed via this Zoom link and will be held at 11 a.m. 

Monday, May 11 11am: A new digital world: using Google Ads and digital marketing techniques for your business, Led by Laurel Cook, Assistant Professor of Marketing, WVU Chambers College and Joanne Hunt, WVU assistant director of student media, WVU 

Tuesday, May 12 11am: Ready to reopen: how to prepare your WV business to reopen safely and successfully, Led by Ajay Aluri and Frank DeMarcoHospitality program, WVU Chambers College; Susan Riddle, President & CEO, Visit Mountaineer Country Convention and Visitors' Bureau; and West Virginia restaurant owners Bron Kayal and Ray Glymph

Wednesday, May 13am: Avoiding HR Headaches: rebuilding your team post COVID-19, Led by Maria Mancini, Director of Leadership and Organizational Development and the WVU Talent and Culture team

Thursday, May 14am: Navigating your finances post COVID-19 Led by Frank Golsborough, Business Coach, Small Business Development Center; and financial experts from business community

Friday, May 15 11am: Reactivating your supply chainLed by John Saldanha, Sears Chair and Associate Professor of Global Supply Chain Management, WVU Chambers College; and Stephen He, assistant professor, Marketing, WVU Chambers College

Monday, May 18 11am: Switching gears: manufacturing opportunities learned from COVID-19, Led by Thorston Wuest, assistant professor of  WVU Statler College of Engineering, Staci Miller, WV Manufacturing Extension Partnership; and Bill Woodrum, Robert C. Byrd Institute

Tuesday, May 19 11am: Prepping your private practice post COVID-19, Led by Dr. Chris MartinWVU School of Public Health

Anyone in the region is eligible to participate. For more information, please contact Anna Carrier at amccart1@mail.wvu.edu.

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May 5, 2020

Best Practices as the state starts to slowly open up over the next few weeks.

Barber Shops and Salons 
Commercial Facilities  
Eating Establishments 
Religious Gatherings 
Small Businesses 
Organized Camps
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April 29, 2020

WV Development Office Exporting Assistance Grant

Please share:

The International Division of the WVDO offers assistance with developing export markets for products made by businesses in West Virginia. This email is an update on the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant  recent changes within the CARES Act funding for non-travel items, such as website development and online marketing, that has been increased. This may be an opportunity to expand your customer base in international markets.  The State Trade Expansion Program (STEP Grant) can be used by existing companies to start or increase  export sales. 

The STEP grant is listed on the website here:  https://westvirginia.gov/divisions/international-development/step-export-program/ 

This grant can be used to offset the cost of various export marketing activities such as:

  •  International trade shows (in the U.S. or abroad, including booth rental, booth display, trade show fees)
  • Foreign trade missions
  • Business matchmaking to identify foreign buyers
  • International travel (airfare, meals, lodging, ground transportation)
  • Website development
  • Online marketing
  • Magazine advertising
  • Shipping of samples to other countries
  • Translation of materials into foreign languages
  • Lab testing/export certifications

 As you can see, many of these activities do not require traveling.  This funding could encourage companies to consider investing in their websites to generate opportunity.  Please contact Enybe or Caitlin if you have questions.  Contact info

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