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Four West Virginia counties at red alert on virus map

CHARLESTON — Four counties in West Virginia are in the red category in the latest Department of Education School Alert System Map.

The color-coded map, based on information from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources was posted Saturday and reviewed by the COVID-19 Data Review Panel. The map determines which counties will hold in-person and blended instruction and the level of extracurricular activities permitted.

Red counties are Fayette, Kanawha, Mingo and Putnam.

The red level, the top tier in the coded system, is substantial community transmission and counties must move to remote learning. 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.

Orange counties are Boone and Monongalia.

Orange, heightened community transmission, requires remote learning. Extracurricular activities are limited to conditioning only and sport-specific practicing is not permitted. Marching band is limited to outdoors only. Staff may report to schools, as determined by the county. Essential support services, including special education and meals, will continue.

Gold counties are Logan, Ohio and Wyoming.

Gold, elevated community transmission, allows in-person instruction with increased mitigations including face coverings for children grades 3 and above at all times. Extracurricular activities are permitted in-county with schools from the same county and with other gold counties.

Yellow counties Calhoun, Doddridge, Jackson, Roane, Barbour, Berkeley, Clay, Grant, Hampshire, Hancock, Harrison, Jefferson, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Mercer, Mineral, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Pendleton, Raleigh, Summers, Tucker and Wayne.

Yellow, increased community transmission, counties will continue with in-person instruction. Extracurricular practices and competitions may occur. Health and safety precautions include, at a minimum, face coverings at all times for grades 6 and above.

Green counties are Gilmer, Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler, Wirt, Wood, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Greenbrier, Hardy, Lewis, McDowell, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Upshur, Webster and Wetzel.

Green, minimal community transmission, counties are permitted extracurricular practices and competitions. Health and safety precautions include, at a minimum, face coverings in grades 3 and above when students are outside of core groups and in congregant settings and on school buses.

The COVID-19 Data Review Panel reviewed and verified the data used to inform the Department of Education School Alert System Map to ensure both accuracy and reliability. The panel considered data captured at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

As a result, there may be differences between the Department of Education map and the Department of Health Human Resources County Alert Map.

The county color announced 5 p.m. Saturdays will be in effect until the following Saturday at the same time with the exception of a county turning red. That change would be made immediately to the Department of Education map because all in-person instruction and extracurricular and athletic activities would be suspended.

All schools, both public and private, are expected to adhere to the department’s School Alert System map to guide in-person instruction and extracurricular activities.

Weekly updates are posted at https://wvde.us/reentrymetrics. County plans should be reviewed for additional requirements.

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