Ohio County Green, Marshall Yellow in Latest School Map
CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s latest COVID-19 school map shows Ohio County as green for the coming week while Marshall County is at yellow.
All other local counties also are green.
For the first time in the past few weeks, there are no counties currently red, meaning increased community transmission.
Only two counties are orange, which halts sports and sends all classes online, while another four counties are gold.
A yellow county, such as Marshall, can continue with in-person instruction. Extracurricular practices and competitions may also occur. Health and safety precautions include, at a minimum, face coverings at all times for grades 6 and above.
Since the school year began, students in Marshall County have been attending classes for two days a week and undergoing remote learning the other three days a week. The school district announced last week that students will transition to in-person classes four days a week — with remote learning on Wednesday to allow for the schools to be cleaned — beginning Oct. 5.
It’s unknown if Marshall County Schools officials could reverse course if the county moves into the elevated level of gold on the map next weekend.
The school’s map is released each Saturday, while a similar map from the state Department of Health and Human Resources showing the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases in a county, is updated daily.
The metrics used to create the state’s COVID-19 school map have been changed several times over the past few weeks, including last week when the numbers for congregant living facilities and universities were greatly reduced. Previously, each individual case was counted, but the new metrics allow multiple cases located at a living facility, such as a nursing home or dormitory, to be counted as one.
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