Gov. Justice changes school color code map by adding another color

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Gov. Jim Justice gives an update on the school color code map.

“If you’re a county with 11 [cases of infection per 100,000], and you were in the orange color code that went all the way from 10 to 25, how can that county be looked at, in my opinion, the same county, as a county that may be at 22?” asked Gov. Justice in a press briefing this morning. “The difference is so dramatic that we need a change.”

Gov. Jim Justice says a new color code, gold, will be added to the school color code map, which will land between yellow and orange colors.

The gold color means that face masks will be required for grades 3 through 12.  No assemblies or large gatherings will be allowed if your county is in the gold color.

Green color will be cases of 3 or fewer per 100,000 cases.

Yellow color will be cases 3.1-9.9 per 100,000 cases

Gold color will be cases of 10-14.9 per 100,000 cases

Orange color will be cases of 15-24.9 per 100,000 cases

Red color will be cases of 25 or more per 100,000 cases.

Under the new color code system, Fayette, Boone, Logan, Mingo, and Putnam counties are now in the gold color, which would allow students to attend schools in-person, but with limitations.  Kanawha and Monroe counties would be in orange.

The previous color code map was green, yellow, orange, and red.  Schools in the orange and red are currently not permitted to have in-person classes.

Stay with WOAY News for further updates on this developing story. 

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