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CHARLESTON — Boone County was once again designated orange on the West Virginia Department of Education’s Saturday Education map.

The orange status means there is heightened community transmission of COVID-19, and all in-person school instruction is suspended for the week following the Saturday map release. While all schools in the state did remote learning on Monday, Tuesday and today per order of Gov. Jim Justice, Boone County Schools will continue remote learning on Thursday and Friday. Next week’s instructional mode will be determined by the map update on Saturday, Dec. 5, barring any announcements or executive orders from Justice.

The orange designation also means that athletic and extra-curricular activities are limited to conditioning only as defined by WVSSAC.

Five West Virginia counties are in red this week — Mason, Mineral, Ritchie, Wirt and Wyoming. Upshur County, while designated as gold, decided to volunteer move to remote-only learning.

Boone County is in good company in orange, joined by Berkeley, Brooke, Doddridge, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Harrison, Jefferson, Marshall, Mingo, Ohio, Pocahontas, Putnam, Taylor, Wayne and Wood counties.

Along with Upshur, counties in gold, where in-person school is permitted, are Barbour, Cabell, Hancock, Morgan, Preston and Wetzel.

Neighboring Lincoln, Kanawha and Raleigh counties are in yellow, while Logan is in green.