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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 pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.