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CHARLESTON — For a second-straight week, Boone County remained a “yellow” status on the West Virginia Department of Education map on Saturday.

The new map went public more than six hours later than the usual release time of 5 p.m. because the review team needed more time to analyze the data.

Eleven West Virginia county school systems will initiate an all-remote instruction mechanism next week because of high incidences of COVID-19 cases.

Mingo and Mineral are in the “red” status this week and nine counties — Hampshire, Jackson, Lincoln, Marshall, Ohio, Putnam, Tyler, Wyoming and Wood — are “orange,” which sends them to remote instruction.

There are six counties in the “gold” status — Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Pleasants, Wetzel and Wirt. They are permitted in-person instruction with additional safety precautions.

The yellow status is achieved via the formula; 3.1-9.9 cases of infection per 100,000 or 3-3.9% positivity rate, with the lower figure being used.

A yellow status produces the following guidelines for schools:

  • Increase student cohorting by limiting exposure outside of core groups.
  • Limit assemblies or large group activities where social distancing is not possible.
  • Local education leaders work with county health officials to determine if increased mitigation and community engagement activities are necessary to prevent escalation of disease.

Guidelines for athletics include:

Athletic and extra-curricular activities permit immediate household family members and grandparents.

  • According to WVSSAC guidelines cheerleaders and bands may participate at home games.

The new map is scheduled to update on Nov. 14.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at or at 304-307-2401.