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WV teachers group accuses state officials of undercounting school COVID numbers

October 1st, 2020 by WCBC Radio

An organization consisting of West Virginia teachers wants state officials to list all coronavirus cases across school systems, arguing there are more coronavirus cases in institutions than what is being reported. The West Virginia United Caucus on Tuesday discussed its COVID-19 tracking project, in which the group said there have been 149 cases among schools since the school year began on Sept. 8. The number differs from the state Department of Education’s data; the department reported 40 cases related to outbreaks Tuesday evening. The department defines a school outbreak as two or more confirmed coronavirus cases among students and staff from separate households. It was a topic addressed by Governor Jim Justice during his regular COVID briefing Wednesday afternoon…