Two Counties Closed, 86 Outbreaks of COVID-19 in State Schools as 53 Counties now Requiring Masks

By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 14, 2021 via

In this report from MetroNews, there are now 86 covid-19 outbreaks in West Virginia schools, a state Department of Education official told lawmakers this morning.
Two counties have had to close for in-classroom learning, at least for the time being, said Michele Blatt, assistant state superintendent.
Calhoun County went to remote learning last week and needed to extend that closure, she said. And Preston County announced Monday that it would have to move to remote learning for two weeks.
Beyond that, Blatt said, eight individual schools across six counties have had to halt in-classroom instruction.
“The delta surges started in the fall. We did see large numbers of positives come into the school system,” Blatt told lawmakers.
Blatt was speaking before the legislative oversight commission on education accountability during interim meetings. 
School systems across the state have been balancing health concerns about the surging delta variant with the benefits of classroom instruction.
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