MOUNDSVILLE — Students in Ohio and Marshall counties will be out of the classroom this week as both counties turned “orange” on Saturday’s West Virginia Department of Education school metrics map.
Orange means no in-person classes can be held, and also that sports will be suspended for the week outside of team conditioning.
This could impact playoff football for three area teams: Wheeling Park, currently No. 7 in West Virginia Class AAA; John Marshall, currently 16th in Class AAA; and Wheeling Central, currently 13th in Class A.
As it stands now, if Ohio County is green, yellow or gold on next Saturday’s map, Wheeling Park would host Princeton at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in the opening round of the playoffs at Wheeling Island Stadium.
If the county is orange or red, Park’s postseason would be over.
Wheeling Central is scheduled to travel to St. Marys for a 1:30 p.m. start Sunday, and John Marshall, if the map allows, will travel to Huntington to face Cabell Midland High School, the state’s top team, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday
The number of positive cases in the two counties continues to climb.
On Sunday, the Marshall County Health Department announced 24 new positives and 20 probable cases since Friday.
Additionally, the county also announced its seventh death attributed to COVID-19, an 83-year-old woman who was a resident at a long-term care facility. Neither of the county’s two facilities officially reported the death to the state as of Sunday.
In Ohio County, 71 new cases came in over the weekend.
There are outbreaks at nursing homes, as Cameron Nursing Center reports 35 positives among residents, and 12 cases among staff members, while Mound View reports three staff members testing positive. Both cases are recorded as outbreaks in the county.
Ohio County reports 12 residents and five staff members positive at Guardian Elder Care, along with 10 recovered residents and seven staff members and three deaths.
Good Shepherd Nursing Home reports three positives among staff members and no resident illnesses.
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