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Seventeen W.Va. Counties Will Be Remote, Virtual School This Week

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The West Virginia Department of Education announced that seventeen counties will be remote learning-only for the week of Nov. 15. State officials rolled out updated data Saturday, Nov. 14 at 6:09 p.m.

Fayette, Hardy, Jackson, Jefferson, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Mineral, Mingo, Ohio, Putnam, Randolph, Tyler, Wayne, Wood and Wyoming counties, which were in the orange zone on the state’s color-coded map, will not be open for in-person instruction this week.

Barbour was the only county in the red category and will also be remote learning-only.

The COVID-19 Data Review Panel also announced that nine counties shifted in their color zones. They included:

  • Barbour County: Moved from orange to red due to data validation and nine cases added as a result of outbreak cases improperly assigned.
  • Brooke County: Moved from yellow to gold due to data validation and eight cases updated to confirmed.
  • Jackson County: Moved from gold to orange due to data validation and due to six additional cases received.
  • Mason County: Moved from yellow to gold due to data validation and two cases updated to confirmed.
  • Ohio County: Moved from gold to orange due to data validation and 11 cases updated to confirmed.
  • Preston County: Moved from yellow to gold due to data validation and four cases updated to confirmed.
  • Putnam County: Moved from gold to orange due to data validation and 12 cases updated to confirmed.
  • Upshur County: Moved from gold to yellow due to data validation and two cases transferred to correct county of residence.
  • Wayne County: Moved from gold to orange due to data validation and two cases updated to confirmed.
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Red (Substantial Community Transmission): Remote-only learning mode. No extracurricular competitions or practices are permitted. Staff may report to their schools, as determined by the county. Essential support services, including special education and meals, will continue. Counties in red include: Barbour

Orange (Heightened Community Transmission): Remote-only learning mode. Extracurricular practices may occur, however, competitions may not. Staff may report to their schools, as determined by the county. Essential support services, including special education and meals, will continue. Counties in orange include: Fayette, Hardy, Jackson, Jefferson, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Mineral, Mingo, Ohio, Putnam, Randolph, Tyler, Wayne, Wood, Wyoming

Gold (Elevated Community Transmission): In-person instruction is permitted with restrictions, including face coverings at all times for grades 3-12. Extracurricular activities are permitted. Competitions can take place against schools within the same county as well as schools in other gold counties. Counties in gold include: Berkeley, Boone, Brooke, Cabell, Hancock, Kanawha, Mason, Morgan, Nicholas, Preston

Yellow (Increased Community Transmission): School may be held for in-person instruction. Extracurricular practices and competitions may occur. Health and safety precautions include, at a minimum, face coverings at all times for grades six and above. Please refer to your county for specific face covering requirements. Counties in yellow include: Clay, Hampshire, Harrison, Lewis, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Pleasants, Raleigh, Ritchie, Upshur, Wetzel.

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Green (Minimal Community Transmission): School may be held for in-person instruction. Extracurricular practices and competitions may occur. Health and safety precautions include, at a minimum, face coverings in grades three and above when students are outside of core groups and in congregant settings and on school buses. Please refer to your county for specific face covering requirements. Counties in green include: Braxton, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Marion, Monongalia, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Webster, Wirt

All schools, both public and private, are expected to adhere to the WVDE’s re-entry map to guide in-person instruction and extracurricular activities.

Updates to the map are usually announced each Saturday at 5 p.m. and will be in effect until the following Saturday at the same time, according to the WVDE. The only exception would be if a county turns red during the week.

If this happens, the change would be made immediately to the map, according to the WVDE, and all in-person instruction and extracurricular and athletic activities would be suspended.

As of Saturday morning, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports 32,792 total cases of the virus and 574 deaths. In the past 24 hours, more than 1,100 new cases have been identified in the state. At least 9,141 cases are considered active, according to DHHR.

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