The Office of the Governor of the State of West Virginia

09/25/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/25/2020 17:31

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice announces WVDE now reporting school outbreaks online; County Alert map updated to match School Alert map

Dr. Marsh went on to announce a new adjustment to both the County Alert System and the School Alert System.

'We recognize that one of the most important factors in controlling COVID spread is doing a lot of testing,' Dr. Marsh said. 'So we're really working to incentivize testing so we can start to identify those pre-symptomatic people who don't know that they're infected and can potentially infect others.'

Previously, positivity rate could only be used to improve a county's status to Green, Yellow, or Gold status. Now, to encourage even more testing, Red counties will be able to improve to Orange with a positivity rate 5-8 percent.

'These metrics are very much consistent with what the CDC has put out,' Dr. Marsh said. 'Except our map is a bit more rigorous than theirs, but that's because we want to be extra careful with the health of the people in West Virginia.'

The updated thresholds are as follows:
GREEN:3 and fewer cases per 100,000 OR 3% or less positivity rate
YELLOW:3.1 - 9.9 cases per 100,000 OR 4% or less positivity rate
GOLD:10 - 14.9 cases per 100,000 OR 5% or less positivity rate
ORANGE:15 - 24.9 cases per 100,000 OR 8% or less positivity rate
RED:25+ cases per 100,000 AND greater than 8% positivity rate