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Virus transmission rates increase in Wood County

PARLERSBURG — As of Tuesday, Wood County phased into yellow on the county alert system for coronavirus cases, according to an update from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Wood County was previously operating under green, which indicated that there were 3 or less cases per 100,000 people. The phasing into yellow means that community transmission rates have increased. Yellow indicates that there are between 3 and 9.9 cases per 100,000.

According to the report from the West Virginia DHHR, Wood County was at a rate of 3.25 as of Sept. 15, 2020. This data is acquired on a seven day rolling average based on the population of Wood County.

Wood County Schools have been operating in accordance to yellow level for the past two weeks based on their own system, and the Board of Education plans to continue their protocol of blended learning and alternate days for students, officials from Wood County Schools said Wednesday.

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