Six West Virginia school districts will be on remote instruction next week following the release of the COVID-19 school alert map Saturday evening.
Mingo County is the only county in the “red” category. It will be on remote instruction along with Berkeley, Morgan, Upshur, Wayne and Wyoming counties, which are in the “orange” category because of heightened community transmission of COVID-19. School sports teams can only do conditioning and cannot play games.
The “gold” category, showing elevated community transmission, is a growing category on the school map. This week it includes Braxton, Clay, Jackson, Jefferson, Logan, Marshall, Monroe, Putnam, Tyler and Wood counties. The counties are allowed in-person instruction but have to take further mitigation efforts including masks for children grades 3 and above at all times.
“Gold” counties can only play schools in their counties or in other “gold” counties.
There are 16 counties in the “yellow” category and 23 in “green” the lowest category. Those counties are permitted to have in-person instruction and extra-curricular activities.
The COVID-19 Data Review Panel, which reviews the case numbers after a Thursday midnight cutoff date, made several changes including:
–Boone County: Moved from gold to yellow due to data validation and ten nursing home residents excluded from case counts.