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Wayne DHHR office closed due to presence of mold

September 5, 2018

The West Virginina DHHR office located in Wayne has allegedly been closed for an emergency condition.

WAYNE — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources office in Wayne County has temporarily closed after mold was reported at multiple locations inside the building.

“On Thursday, August 30, the Wayne County DHHR office closed due to presence of mold, verified by Astar Abatement, Inc. of Charleston,” West Virginia DHHR Director of Communications Alice Sadler wrote in an email. “The building landlord is developing a work plan for remediation, which is expected to take several weeks. DHHR employees of the Wayne County office are reporting to various locations offsite.”

The closure, which occurred last week, affects both the general public and DHHR employees. An office employee who declined to give her name on Tuesday said employees are unable to work from inside the building and were only permitted to enter the Wayne office long enough to pick up work phones.

According to several local residents, there was no public notice given prior to the closure. A sign on the public entrance to the building says those seeking immediate service during normal business hours can visit one of the region’s other offices in Huntington, Williamson or Hamlin. Alternate phone lines for assistance are DHHR Customer Services: 1-877-716-1212; DHHR Abuse/Neglect Hotline: 1-800-352-6513; and the DHHR Cabell County office: 304-528-5800.

On Tuesday, two state cars were spotted in the parking lot.

Wayne DHHR Supervisor Christie Wright could not be reached for comment.

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