Latest challenge to covid map hits courtroom, with teachers union saying it’s been manipulated

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

October 22, 2020

The latest challenge to the coronavirus map that determines the status of West Virginia classrooms is set for a Friday afternoon hearing in a socially-distanced courtroom.

The West Virginia Education Association sued the state, saying the map has been adjusted over and over with the intended outcome of keeping classrooms open and football games on the field.

“With the constant changes to the map and the manipulation of the positivity rate, we believe people are put in a situation that is not conducive to the most healthy environment,” WVEA President Dale Lee said in a Thursday afternoon telephone interview.