|The WVDE School Alert System map, which is updated each Saturday at 5 p.m., determines each county’s official color status for the entire week.|
The DHHR County Alert System map (Click "County Alert System" tab), which is updated daily, is used for informational purposes, providing an indication of how each county is trending ahead of the next Saturday School Alert System Map update. The only situation where the DHHR map would affect school status is if a county turns Red in the middle of the week. In that case, the county is deemed Red and all school-related-activities, including athletics and extracurriculars, are suspended immediately and until the county improves from Red status in a subsequent Saturday School Alert System Map update.
Athletic and extracurricular guidance in each of the five color categories is as follows:
RED: All school-related athletic and extracurricular activities are suspended immediately.
ORANGE: Athletic and extracurricular activities limited to conditioning only, as defined by WVSSAC. Marching band activities must be limited to outdoors only. Instruments permitted only when students are stationary and distanced in pods.
GOLD: Schools can only compete in-county or with other gold counties. Athletic and extracurricular activities permit parents/guardians only. According to WVSSAC guidelines, cheerleaders and bands may participate at home games.
YELLOW & GREEN: Athletic and extracurricular activities permit immediate household family members and grandparents. According to WVSSAC guidelines, cheerleaders and bands may participate at home games.
Click here to read more about each color designation
“We have to understand this; we’re dealing with tough stuff,” Gov. Justice said. “We have a real problem, right now, within the state and a bigger problem within this nation. I came in today and read 15 names of people we’ve lost. It’s no fun. I hate it like crazy for these people, their loved ones, and their families. It just makes me sick.
“I also hate it for our kids,” Gov. Justice continued. “When I talked to Clayton Burch, I said if there’s any way to come up with a solution, we have to come up with a solution. But you’ve already heard the solution. We’ve got to stay the course.”
The Governor once again offered a reminder that counties with high case numbers may be able to improve their color status by taking advantage of the abundant free testing opportunities being provided all across the state.
“I have pleaded with people, over and over, to be tested,” Gov. Justice said. “At the end of the day, when you are pleading, and you’ve got people there ready to do the testing, and less than 20 people show up, that’s just not going to cut it.”
Free testing held yesterday by the West Virginia National Guard at several sites throughout Doddridge, Logan, Monroe, and Braxton counties each saw fewer than 20 people be tested, with 13, 14, 16, and 17 individuals participating in each county, respectively. A majority of counties with free testing sites yesterday administered fewer than 50 tests, and Gov. Justice added that one particular free testing site in Wyoming County had zero people show up to be tested.
“When I tell you we’re going to test, and we’re going to pay for it, and it’s absolutely painless, and it will help us in every way, it will help our kids, it will help our schools, and you don’t show up, it’s tough to look back at these health officials and say, ‘We have to come up with another way,’” Gov. Justice said.
“For those kids out there, I hate it really bad. But at the same time, we have much, much bigger problems than playing sports,” Gov. Justice continued. “First and foremost, we need to focus on getting back in school. But we know, if we jam ourselves back in school in an Orange or Red county, we could end up with a colossal problem. We’ve got to protect our kids and we’ve got to protect our teachers and school service personnel as well.”