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BOONE COUNTY — Boone County students are in the classroom this week and sports can be played, as the county was upgraded from orange to yellow status on the state’s school alert map that was updated and published on Oct. 10.

The COVID-19 Data Review Panel made changes during its review of case numbers prior to the Saturday release.

Boone County’s status was determined using the percent positivity rate (less than 4% over seven days) after any duplicate cases were removed from the data. For yellow counties, in-person instruction can take place with face coverings for students in grades six and above. Counties in yellow are also allowed to participate in sports competition, with bands and cheer teams performing at home games. Attendance at home games is limited to immediate household family members and grandparents.

Along with Boone County in yellow this week 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 will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. That map will also determine the status of all prep sports and extracurricular activities for the week of Oct. 19-24.

Find more details about the state’s school metrics online at

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