West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced the implementation of a new, color-coded rating system that will revolve around a seven day, rolling cumulative positivity rate number.
"Each county in our state will receive a code, basically either a green, yellow, orange, or red code that will change daily," Justice said.
The governor stated that the goal is to get everyone in the green or yellow, and if any county goes into the red category, all schools in that county will automatically go 100% to virtual learning.
Counties that are currently in the green or yellow will be permitted to go forward with school and athletics.
"If you are orange or red right now, and it would happen to be days before the opening on September the 8th, you will not open until you get to yellow or green ... if you're in the orange, you've got to get yourself out of the orange in order to be able to have extracurricular activities or to open the school safely," the governor said.
The governor also mentioned that for any counties that fall into the orange category, sports competitions will not be allowed to take place in that county.
West Virginia how has a total of 8,274 cases, 157 total deaths, and 135 currently hospitalized with 52 in the intensive care unit, according to the governor.
Note: These numbers were released by the state of West Virginia and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.