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By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

September 28, 2020

With the latest West Virginia version of the COVID-19 risk map looking markedly different from the original Harvard Global Health Institute map, Gov. Jim Justice took umbrage Monday to suggestions the state is manipulating the map to reopen public schools more quickly.

“I really probably would take terrible offense to someone who would say we are manipulating the numbers,” Justice said during...


By Bill Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

September 25, 2020

At West Virginia University, 65 students infected with COVID-19 were housed inside Arnold Apartments, a campus residence, as of Sept. 15.

But by the next day, the number was down to one — at least in the eyes of the state.

It wasn’t a miraculous recovery, but, instead, a change in how West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice chooses to count cases involving college students isolating on campus...


By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

September 23, 2020

After a couple of Christian schools defied him by opening last week, Gov. Jim Justice is now allowing West Virginia religious and other private schools to reopen classrooms in counties where he’s still keeping public schools closed.

The Bible Center School, in Charleston, and Calvary Baptist Academy, in Hurricane, taught...


--New York Times

Schools are not islands, and so it was inevitable that when students and teachers returned this fall to classrooms, coronavirus cases would follow them.

But more than a month after the first school districts welcomed students back for in-person instruction, it is nearly impossible to tally a precise figure of how many cases have been identified in schools.

There is no federal effort to monitor coronavirus cases in schools, and ...


By Lucas Manfield and Gabriella Brown, Mountain State Spotlight

September 18, 2020

In August, Gov. Jim Justice introduced West Virginia’s parents, teachers and coaches to a new Saturday night ritual: refreshing a state website for updates to the color-coded map that would determine whether ballfields and schoolhouses would be open the following week. 

State officials modeled the map after ...