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Justice says COVID-19 public school outbreaks will now be reported

September 25th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that the state Department of Education has began posting confirmed coronavirus outbreaks at public schools in the state.

A confirmed outbreak is described as two or more confirmed COVID-19 cases among students/staff from separate households, within a 14-day period in a single classroom or core group. The link is available here.

The current listing on the state agency's website shows outbreaks in Kanawha, Putnam, Grant, Marshall, Monongalia and Raleigh counties. The Kanawha cases listed three cases at Dunbar Primary and four at Mary Ingles Elementary. In Putnam County, West Teays Elementary had two cases and George Washington Elementary School had three cases.

Meanwhile, the governor also displayed a Department of Health and Human Resources' county alert map during the news conference that showed a lot of green and yellow color-coded counties, Justice said the state is making some progress in fighting coronavirus.