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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Boone County slipped to an “orange” status on the latest COVID-19 School Alert Map released on Nov. 21 by the state Department of Education, which suspends in-person instruction and activates remote learning.

The “orange” status require face coverings at all times for grades 3-12 when school services are required or needed.

There are twelve other counties joining Boone County in that status including; Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Ritchie, Wirt, Mason, Putnam, Cabell, Wayne, Hampshire, Wyoming and Jefferson counties.

Six counties are listed as “red,” the highest-spread category including; Jackson, Wood, Marshall, Mineral, Hardy and Berkeley counties.

Wetzel, Nicholas, Clay, Upshur and Grant counties have chosen to proceed with remote learning even though their status allows for in-person instruction.

Via West Virginia’s DHHR data taken on Nov. 21, Boone County has had 70 positive COVID-19 cases and three confirmed deaths over the last seven days. The age range of 40-49 logged the most positive tests during that period with 15. Five cases were documented between the ages of 0-9 and another five from ages 10-19.

Visit dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19 for more related data and find the school map data at wvde.us/school-reentry-metrics-protocols.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.