INDOOR MUSIC:The Governor signed an Executive Order that went into effect at midnight 3.25.2021 allowing live music indoors (yes, with vocals). All businesses must still follow social distancing guidance and the mask mandate. Patrons must be seated to the greatest extent possible. For more information on the latest guidelines and restrictions see the following web sites: The Comeback, Public Info
COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS: Effective Tuesday, May 18, Berkeley and Jefferson Counties will resume individual community vaccination clinics, replacing the Eastern Panhandle Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Hollywood Casino.
Individuals who received their first vaccine at the Eastern Panhandle Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic and are scheduled for their second vaccine after May 13 will be contacted and rescheduled for one of the Berkeley or Jefferson County community vaccine clinics.
For more information or assistance rescheduling a second vaccine appointment, please call the COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 304-901-7060.
Jefferson County Health Department vaccine clinics will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hollywood Casino, located at 750 Hollywood Drive in Charles Town. To schedule a first dose appointment in Jefferson County, visit wvumedicine.org/info/jefferson-vaccine/ using a laptop or desktop computer, or call the COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 304-901-7060.
Mask Mandate: During Friday’s briefing, Gov. Justice outlined the CDC’s recent announcement that anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, regardless of crowd size. The Governor went on to announce that he would be signing an executive order to immediately modify West Virginia’s face covering requirement to follow the updated CDC guidance for fully vaccinated West Virginians. “Our face covering requirement no longer applies to you if you are fully vaccinated,” Gov. Justice said. The Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement is still in effect for all West Virginians who are not yet fully vaccinated, and will remain in effect for these individuals until June 20, 2021.
Free COVID Testing: The state of West Virginia is partnering with Curative Labs to offer free COVID-19 testing via a self-administered oral swab. The testing is available to all individuals in Jefferson County, including those who are asymptomatic. Insurance is NOT required. For details on locations and times, please see the Health Dept website. Locations and times can also be found on the Curative website; appointments can be made to speed up the process, but are not required.
FDA Warning - Hand Sanitizer: FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. To view a list of products manufactured by Eskbiochem, please click here.
Corona Virus Updates:
Harpers Ferry Water Works & PSD Announcement (Flyer: Link)
Jefferson County Schools Updates & Lunch Schedules (Website: Link)
Jefferson County Community Organizations Active in Disaster Info (PDF: Link)
Corona Virus - Small Business Aid: The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act 2020 (H.R. 6074) expanded the Small Business Act’s definition of a disaster to include Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the SBA will be able to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) under a Governor’s Certification Disaster Declaration. Please click on the links below for more information. Forms can be found on the SBA website.
Ogden Newspapers Business Fund: Eastern Panhandle businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of The Journal, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local marketing efforts through matching advertising dollars. To apply, please click here.
Attention - Appalachian Trail: On May 20, 2020, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy issued updated Guidelines for A.T. Day Hikers and Overnight Hikers. To view those guidelines, please click here. To view response and closure information from the ATC, please click here.
Bolivar/Harpers Ferry Library - Free WiFi: The Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library is following suit with many public libraries across the country and opening up their wifi for patrons without a password. People can use wifi 2301 and gain access from the main parking lot of the library if wifi is needed. Also picnic tables are set up and properly spaced for patrons. -- The Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library is now allowing patrons to "check out" internet hotspots, for internet usage at home! Please visit their Resources page for more information.
Facebook:The Town of Bolivar is now on Facebook! You will now be able to get news, alerts, and event information on your Facebook News Feed by joining our new 'Town of Bolivar WV' page. To visit the page, click here.
Sign up for Nixle Alerts: Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management now offers emergency alert notifications by text, email, Twitter, and Facebook through a product called Nixle. In order to sign up for these alerts go to https://local.nixle.com/register/ or text your zip code to 888777 and then text JCHSEM to the same number. There is no charge to sign up for Nixle services.