Most of West Virginia’s counties are now in Green on the alert system

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The West Virginia County Alert System was updated in conjunction with the Governor’s news briefing on Friday, Sept. 25. The new map shows most counties are now in Green.

Dr. Clay Marsh described how the changes came about. This was due, in part, to a change in how the state moved from a statewide view to a focused view on the counties. It also was due to adding the percent positive metric.

The new map incorporates details on how counties are ranked both by the incidence rate and the percent positivity. Either metric can change the color. The state uses whichever is the most beneficial. Here is a look at the legend.

West Virginia’s Rt factor now puts the state in the middle of the pack at 26. The Department of Education is now providing a list of outbreaks at schools. A confirmed outbreak is described as two or more confirmed COVID-19 cases among students/staff from separate households, within a 14-day period in a single classroom or core group. Locally there is an outbreak at Daniels Elementary.

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