West Virginia’s COVID-19 protocols map used to determine if schools are open and athletics can take place received a mid-week update on Tuesday, clearing the way for high school football teams in five counties to get back on the gridiron.
According to the new guidance from thew Governor’s office and the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources, a new “gold” designation on the state’s color coded map. Gold counties now fall between yellow, where schools are allowed to play game and orange, where no games are allowed. Five counties listed in orange for this week’s map were flipped to gold on Tuesday. That means football games for schools in Putnam, Boone, Fayette, Logan and Mingo counties can take place as soon as this week, but with a catch. Teams from gold counties can only play against teams from the same county or other gold counties.
Participation in athletics this week is up to the individual superintendents in each county. If students return to school in Putnam County, for example, the four schools in the county have paired off with games pending for Friday — Hurricane at Poca and Winfield at Buffalo. Likewise with Fayette and Logan counties where Chapmanville will host Oak Hill on Saturday provided students are back in by the end of the week.