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UPDATE: Color added to West Virginia’s COVID-19 advisory system

Governor hints at more action to stop rising coronavirus cases
Published: Sep. 11, 2020 at 2:25 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2020 at 12:55 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va (WTAP) -

UPDATE:

Governor Jim Justice has made a change to the color-coded system for coronavirus in West Virginia.

His office has added the “gold” advisory, which will be placed between yellow and orange in the color-coded system.

This will help the state bring more kids back to school, as some counties that were classified as orange in the previous system, did not quite fit the criteria to have those kids participate in remote learning.

The gold color also means that in terms of sporting events, only close family of players are allowed to be in attendance, and counties in gold may only face other counties in the gold column.

ORIGINAL:

Governor Jim Justice says “orange” counties continuing in-person classes puts students, staff and teachers at risk.

And he hinted more actions could be taken to stop a two-week rise in coronavirus cases in the Mountain State.

He announced two new counties-outside of the immediate Parkersburg area-went overnight to “orange”-one level below the highest alert level.

A weekly chart, to be released Saturday night at 5 P.M. determines whether classes can be held the following week.

The governor also said more testing is needed, saying COVID-19 tests decrease, not increase, the number of positive cases.

1157 new positive cases were announced Friday, with a positive test rate of 4.18% and a cumulative rate of 2.58% and a rate of transmission of 1.46%.

Justice hinted at more action, adding “we’re looking at it from a standpoint of travel and business”. He added he and state health officials will be studying the growing cases over the weekend, and that a yet-to-be-appointed panel will issue recommendations. “Everybody needs to do everything they can to stop this”.

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