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BOONE COUNTY — Boone County has upgraded their status from an “orange” to a “yellow” color-code on the state’s school alert map updated and published on Oct. 10.

The COVID-19 Data Review Panel made changes during their review in relation to case numbers prior to the Saturday release.

Boone County’s status was determined using the percent positivity rate (less than 4% over 7-days) in reference to data validation and removing duplicate cases. For yellow counties, in-person instruction can take place with face coverings for students in grades 6 and above.

Along with Boone County in yellow are; Logan, Wayne, Nicholas Wirt and Morgan. Orange counties include; Mingo, Upshur, Harrison and Doddridge.

Gold counties include; Kanawha, Putnam, Cabell, Jackson, Randolph, Barbour and Berkeley.

The counties are coded via the positivity test rate or a rolling daily average of COVID-19 cases - whichever is lower.

The next weekly map releases on Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. That map will also determine the status of all prep sports and extra-curricular activities for the week of Oct. 19-24.