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Ohio County Goes Red on Sunday COVID Map, So Wheeling Park High Stays Remote

Ohio County slid back to red on Sunday’s state COVID alert map, so Ohio County Schools announced that Wheeling Park High School would stay on remote learning.

Guidance from the West Virginia Department of Education informed county school districts to use the Saturday COVID map to determine whether high schools in those counties could return to in-person learning. On Saturday’s Department of Health and Human Resources map, Ohio County was orange, which would allow Wheeling Park to join the rest of the county’s schools in a hybrid model — two days in class and three days out with school rosters split in half.

When Ohio County returned to red, the school district announced that WPHS would remain remote on Monday.

“Tomorrow is the start of our 2nd Semester,” Ohio County Schools posted on its Facebook page. “In order to begin the semester efficiently, tomorrow morning, homeroom teachers will send Schoology messages to all students that includes their 2nd semester schedule, a 2nd semester updates video and the bell schedule for Monday.

“We have asked all of our teachers to go live on Monday to meet their students and review their course and its syllabus. We expect all students to log into these live sessions on Monday and will be taking attendance. Teachers will post this information to Schoology for students who are unable to log into live sessions. This process is for this Monday only – again with the hopes of starting our semester off efficiently given the circumstances.

“Tuesday’s determination for our Group B students (last names starting with M – Z) on remote vs. in-person will be based on Monday’s DHHR map. We will communicate more information as soon as we know what Tuesday will look like.”

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced one new COVID-related death in its Sunday night report, which took into account totals from Saturday and Sunday. Sunday’s announced death was of someone who was a resident in a long-term care facility. It is the 59th death reported in Ohio County since the pandemic began.

The department also announced 36 new positive COVID cases for a total of 3,418. The Marshall County Health Department had not updated its numbers as of 10:45 p.m. Sunday.

Hancock County remained orange on the Sunday COVID map, so its high school students are able to return to in-person classes. Brooke and Marshall counties were red along with Ohio, so their high school students will remain remote.

Today also marks the first day residents around the state will be able to use West Virginia’s new online and hotline registration system for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Starting at 8 a.m., residents 65 and older can get their names in the system by visiting vaccinate.wv.gov or by calling 1-833-734-0965 to get help with pre-registration. The call center is active from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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