Fayette County high schools to follow orange phase guidelines

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – WOAY Sports has confirmed Fayette County’s three high schools (Meadow Bridge, Midland Trail, Oak Hill) will not conduct testing for student-athletes, and will follow the original guidelines for being in the orange zone. This means all sports teams can still hold practices, but cannot play games.

On Saturday night, Fayette County found itself in the orange phase of the county alert system, meaning all high school sporting events would have to be cancelled for the next week, but practices could continue. In a press briefing on Monday, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said that if all athletes and coaches in orange counties tested negative for COVID-19, those games could go on as scheduled.

However, WOAY has confirmed that all three Fayette County schools are rejecting this proposal. They are opting to abide by orange phase protocols and not undergo testing. This means the schools will sit out of their week one games and resume play only when the county goes back to yellow. Teams can also can continue practicing during this phase.

In addition, WOAY Sports has learned if Fayette County is back to at least yellow by Saturday night, plans are being discussed for Midland Trail football to play at Oak Hill Monday afternoon.