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Marshall County ‘Gold’ in Latest W.Va. Department of Education COVID-19 Map

WHEELING — The new COVID-19 school map has been released, and Marshall County is gold, meaning students will be in school four days next week barring enough cases to turn the county red.

The school map is in line with the county-level map issued at 10 a.m. Saturday, which also showed the county as gold.

The county, as gold, means in-person classes can be held.

Sports is a different story, though, as gold counties have two options: no sports at all or contests only against other gold counties or schools within the same county.

Each week, the COVID-19 Data Review Panel verifies data used to inform the WVDE School Alert System Map to ensure both accuracy and reliability.

For the panel’s review, data from the DHHR’s County Alert Map as of Thursday night was captured and thoroughly analyzed. This may result in differences between the WVDE map and the DHHR County Alert Map.

The county color announced each Saturday at 5 p.m. will be in effect until the following Saturday at the same time. The only exception is if a county turns red during the week. That change would be made immediately to the WVDE 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 WVDE School Alert System map to guide in-person instruction and extracurricular activities.

Red (Substantial Community Transmission): 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.

The only red county this week is Doddridge.

Orange (Heightened Community Transmission): Remote learning required. 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 their schools, as determined by the county. Essential support services, including special education and meals, will continue.

Orange counties include: Berkeley, Mingo, Morgan, Randolph, Upshur, Wirt and Wyoming.

Gold (Elevated Community Transmission): In-person instruction permitted 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.

Gold counties include:

Gilmer, Jefferson, Marshall, Pendleton and Wood.

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.

Yellow counties include:

Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Clay, Jackson, Logan, Mercer, Mineral, Monroe, Nicholas, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wayne and Webster.

Green (Minimal Community Transmission): Extracurricular practices and competitions may occur. 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.

Green counties include:

Cabell, Calhoun, Fayette, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Mason, McDowell, Monongalia, Ohio, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Raleigh, Summers, Taylor, Tucker and Wetzel.

The COVID-19 Data Review Panel reviewed and verified the data used to inform the WVDE Education Map to ensure accuracy and reliability.

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