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Randolph, Upshur listed as orange

ELKINS — Both Randolph and Upshur counties were listed as orange on the updated West Virginia Department of Education’s color-coded COVID-19 map Saturday, meaning both county school systems will operate through remote learning this week.

On Saturday evening, the families of Randolph County Schools students began receiving the following information through automated calls:

“At 5 p.m. this evening the West Virginia Department of Education updated its COVID-19 School Alert System. Randolph County has moved to orange and must suspend in-person learning,” the call stated. “All Randolph County students will learn remotely from home this week, the week of Oct. 19.

“The West Virginia School Alert System will be updated again next Saturday, Oct. 24. At this time, we will know whether we can resume in-person learning or if we must continue to suspend in-person learning,” the call continued.

“All school staff will report to their home schools, and teachers will be available by phone or email to help students with assignments. Please listen closely to all automated calls Randolph County Schools sends out in the coming days as they will contain important information.”

Although Randolph County has been classified as orange this week, health officials report that active cases of COVID-19 in the county have been coming down in recent days.

On Saturday, the Randolph-Elkins Health Department reported 69 active cases in the county, down from 77 on Friday and 80 on Wednesday.

However, Randolph has suffered a series of outbreaks in recent weeks, including ones at the Randolph County Courthouse, the Huttonsville Correctional Center and at three residential facilities.

In Upshur County, the school system will once again operate on remote learning this week.

“Upshur County Schools will remain orange and fully remote for the upcoming week Oct. 19- 23,” a post Saturday on the Upshur County Schools Facebook page reads.

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department reported 93 active cases in the county on Friday.

Randolph and Upshur were among seven counties in the state classified as orange Saturday, along with Berkeley, Morgan, Wirt, Mingo and Wyoming. Doddridge was the only county in the state classified as red.

Pendleton County is classified as gold, while Barbour County is classified as yellow and Tucker, Pocahontas, Grant and Hardy are classified as green.

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