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WVDE to report COVID-19 outbreaks in schools

WEST VIRGINIA (WVVA) -- State leaders are providing a way for families to monitor COVID-19 outbreaks in schools, Governor Jim Justice announced Friday.

The West Virginia Department of Education has created an online chart that lists schools with outbreaks, the number of cases, and if the outbreak(s) caused the school to move into remote learning.

"The DHHR and the Department of Education are working with the local county Boards of Education to get this data," Justice explained in a Friday press briefing. "It's important to remember that the data will be delayed by a day or two before we can get it from the county superintendents and get it up."

“Our goal remains to provide confirmed and up-to-date information to the public so that communities, families and individuals have the data they need to protect themselves with good decision making and best health practices,” said State Superintendent of Schools W. Clayton Burch. “Collaborating with our partner agencies and relying on our state health professionals is key to collecting, analyzing and organizing information that is helpful for our education community.”

Justice added that an "outbreak" is classified 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 chart will be updated daily and can be found here.

Jade Burks

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