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According to Mingo County Health Department Administrator Keith Blankenship, as of 4 p.m. Friday, June 26, to date 1,469 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Mingo County. This number includes 129 tests administered at the free testing event on Friday, June 26, in the parking lot across from the Williamson Health and Wellness Center. He said the number of confirmed negative cases remains at 1,324, with 13 now having been confirmed positive (with two deaths and 10 recoveries) and three probable cases. As of 4 p.m. today, this leaves the county with four currently active cases. Blankenship said a second day of free testing will be held Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the same downtown location.
Per Kermit officials: Due the recent positive cases of COVID-19 having been confirmed in Mingo County, the decision was made to again close Kermit Town Hall until further notice. Until a decision is made to reopen, Mayor Charles Sparks noted, customers may again pay their water and sewage bills via regular mail or by placing payments in the dropbox in front of the building.
Due to continuing COVID-19 health concerns, the East Fork Volunteer Fire Department has announced the cancellation/postponement of the department's annual 4th of July fireworks display. EFVD Chief John Hall Jr. said the fireworks show is tentatively being rescheduled for Labor Day Weekend, but that it will remain contingent upon the coronavirus situation at that time.
Closures/cancellations and schedule changes:
• The Mingo County Library in Williamson is now open on a limited basis. Call (304) 235-6029 about services being offered at this time. With in-place safety guidelines, the branch libraries in Matewan, Kermit, Delbarton, and Gilbert are now open, according to Pam Warden, director. Library hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All patrons and staff members must wear face coverings and practice social distancing, Warden said. Also, the libraries will provide hand sanitizer for patrons to use before browsing through books or using computers.
• The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System and most restaurants are now open on a limited basis. Proper safety guidelines must be met and maintained by the public using the trail system and/or prior to entering any business or government building.
• Per Williamson officials: Williamson City Hall is now opened to the public.
• Per Kermit officials: Kermit Town Hall is again open for regular business.
• Per Gilbert officials: Gilbert Town Hall is again open for regular business.
• Delbarton Town Hall has re-opened for utility/ticket payments. Officials said residents may still make payments or pay tickets via online, telephone, or by mail.
• Appalachian Region Healthcare is again allowing conditional visitation at all its hospitals.
• Officials have postponed the grand reopening of the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum due to the current health emergency. Officials said they will continue reassess the situation each month at their team meetings and attempt to reschedule another date for later this year.
• Per Matewan officials: Matewan Heritage Day and the Matewan Massacre Reenactment have been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12, and will be combined with the Matewan Homecoming on that day.
• Per Kermit officials: The Kermit park shelter is once again open and available for public use.
• The Beech Creek Community Park is now open to the public. Officials said the park is limited to 25 people at a time and that social distancing must be maintained.
• The West Virginia income tax filing and payment deadline is Wednesday, July 15, 2020, which corresponds with the federal government’s recent tax filing extension to the same date.
• The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce (Coal House) remains closed to the public. The public can utilize the chamber's email, Facebook Messenger or text/call at (304)-920-7266 for questions or more information.
• The Williamson Pepperoni Roll Festival will now be held August 22.
• The Kermit All Class Reunion 2020, originally scheduled for May 23, has been rescheduled for 2021.
• The Williamson Housing Authority has suspended all community activities, church services and Bible studies until further notice.
• Per the Mingo County Sheriff's Office: Anyone needing to pay taxes, renew or file for an initial concealed weapons license or pay home confinement fees can do so by mail to: Mingo County Sheriff’s Office PO Box 1270 Williamson WV 25661.
• The Beech CreekCommunity Park will be holding its annual 4th of July Fireworks display on Saturday, July 4, beginning at 9;45 p.m. Park officials are asking that everyone follow all guidelines handed down by the governor and Mingo County Health Department, such as practicing social distancing by remaining with family or near their vehicles. Park officials are also requesting individuals to wear a mask if at all possible.
• Mingo County Tax Search Site:http://mingo.softwaresystems.com/index.html. Residents may pay their taxes by credit card via telephone.The number to call is (304) 235-0360. Residents are reminded that in case of an emergency to call 911. All other non-emergency calls to the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office call (304) 235-0300.