BOONE COUNTY — Boone County moved to orange status when the state’s COVID-19 county alert map was updated on Sept. 11, and was confirmed orange on the re-entry metrics produced by the West Virginia Department of Education map on Sept. 12.
The orange designation means Boone County Schools is operating in a virtual or remote learning-only format this week, with sports practices and games canceled and only conditioning activities allowed.
The rolling average of cases jumped to 13.32 for Boone County. Additionally, Kanawha, Logan, Mingo Wayne, Fayette, Putnam, Monroe, Pocahontas and Calhoun counties were orange on Saturday’s re-entry map. As of Saturday, Monongalia County was the only county in the red.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources released a report that indicated 471,517 total confirmatory laboratory results had been received for COVID-19, with 12,174 total cases and 263 deaths.
The Boone County Health Department did not have a representative available to comment on Friday morning, but expressed that as soon as possible, it would provide more insight into local numbers.
CVN also reached out to Boone County Schools for information regarding its plan moving forward and will report that update when made available.
A county in orange indicates it is experiencing higher community transmission which triggers further restrictions. On Friday, Gov. Jim Justice announced changes to the color-coded school reopening map as West Virginia entered the weekend with the fastest rate of COVID-19 spread in the country.
Schools that fell into the orange status level on the map will not be allowed to hold in-person classes, Justice announced during Friday’s COVID-19 briefing.
“Effective now: If you go orange, we’re not going to go to school. If you go in the orange, we can’t go to school,” Justice said.
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