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Parkersburg South to host Cabell-Midland instead of University

Parkersburg South will open its 2020 high-school football season against Cabell-Midland instead of University Friday night because of increased COVID-19 activity in Monongalia County, where University High School is located.
Parkersburg South will open its 2020 high-school football season against Cabell-Midland instead of University Friday night because of increased COVID-19 activity in Monongalia County, where University High School is located.(WTAP)
Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 3:18 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2020 at 3:28 PM EDT
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Parkersburg South will open its 2020 high-school football season Friday night against Cabell-Midland instead of University High School.

Parkersburg South officials announced the last-minute schedule adjustment Friday afternoon after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced that Monongalia County, where University High School is located, had moved into the red level of the the state’s color-coded COVID-19 advisory system. Monroe is the only other red-level county.

Schools in red-level counties are required to conduct all virtual classes and are not allowed to practice or compete in extracurricular activities. Orange-level counties are allowed to practice, but they also cannot compete.

Monongalia County began the week at the yellow, the second-highest level, but COVID-19 cases there increased dramatically during the week, and Justice said Friday that if there is no in-person learning in a county then no games are permitted.

The DHHR determines levels for each county based on population-based, rolling seven-day average of cases. When the plan was first announced, schools in counties that were green or yellow when the online map is updated at 9 p.m. on Saturdays were permitted to compete the following week.

Kickoff for Friday night’s Patriots’ game against the Scarlet Knights is 7:30 p.m. at Erickson Field in Parkersburg.

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