Working with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, outbreaks will be monitored and updates provided as needed during the 2021-2022 school year.

What is a “Confirmed Outbreak?”

An outbreak in a school setting is defined as:

  • Multiple cases comprising at least 10% of students, teachers, or staff, within a specified core group (e.g. classroom, extracurricular activity, sports team).
  • OR at least three cases within a specified core group (e.g. classroom, extracurricular activity, sports team).
  • COVID-19 cases with symptom onset or positive test result within 14 days of each other that were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting (i.e., household) AND epidemiologically linked in the school setting.

The current Outbreaks in Schools chart is based on information provided by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The number of cases shown below represents only those connected to an outbreak, not the total number of cases per school. The chart will be updated as details are made available.

If a school has 36 positive cases, they may have a subset of 6 cases which are classified as outbreak cases.

Effective the week of January 24, 2022, the Bureau of Public Health (BPH) is changing the way COVID-19 data for K-12 schools is reported. This change provides more robust school-level data to allow communities to better understand the impact COVID-19 is having on their schools.  Each school will report to the BPH on a weekly basis in aggregate the number of positive COVID cases among students and staff that are reported directly to the school. This will allow the BPH to monitor the percent positivity by school and county. This process will begin once the WVDE receives the report, and the information will be posted here weekly replacing the former outbreak chart that was once posted at this location.

County/School ClosureReason for ClosingDates of ClosureMasks Mandated?
Kanawha-Sharon Dawes ElementaryLack of Staffing1/19/22-1/23/22Yes