By Bobby Bordelon\r\n\r\nEven if West Virginia feels done with COVID-19, COVID-19 is far from done with West Virginia. Across the state, a record setting new number of cases were confirmed between Tuesday, November 10, and Wednesday, November 11. Greenbrier County schools, town halls, and other organizations have also seen shifts to remote learning and physical shut downs as a result of local cases.<b>\u00a0<\/b>\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_52327" align="alignleft" width="300"]<img class="wp-image-52327" src="https:\/\/mountainmessenger.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2020\/11\/fdasfdscv-300x164.png" alt="" \/> Governor Jim Justice during the November 11 COVID-19 press briefing.[\/caption]\r\n\r\n\u201cSince Monday we\u2019ve lost another 23 West Virginians,\u201d announced Governor Jim Justice during his press conference on Wednesday, November 11. \u201cYou can see on the television all across the nation this thing has amped up and it keeps getting worse and worse. We\u2019re all very, very hopeful that it will, as it has done in the past, peek and go the other way. Right now we\u2019re still going on - we\u2019ve now lost 553 West Virginians.\u201d\r\n\r\nAccording to data provided by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, there were 885 new cases received throughout the previous day across the state, a new record. In addition, the data indicates that this is not due to increases in testing, but an actual massive increase in positive infections.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhile increased testing does identify new cases, those new cases are real activity in the state of West Virginia,\u201d said West Virginia Coronavirus Czar Clay Marsh. \u201cWe have seen the highest single week total in the entire COVID-19 pandemic over the last week, and today in the last 24 hours is the highest single day total. We have seen our cumulative percent positive rise \u2026 which implies that it's not just a proportion of \u2018more positive tests, more cases\u2019 but there\u2019s actually more disease in the state of West Virginia.\u201d\r\n\r\nCurrently in Greenbrier County there has not been a massive spike in numbers, but several new cases have led to numerous institutions closing their doors. In Rainelle, one case closed Town Hall until November 17, leading to the cancellation of a Town Council meeting where the possible selection of a new mayor could have been considered, and the potential cancellation of the next meeting later this month.\r\n\r\nIn Greenbrier County schools, several emerging cases led to school shutdowns.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe Greenbrier County Health Department has confirmed that individuals at Greenbrier East High School (GEHS), Eastern Greenbrier Middle School (EGMS), Western Greenbrier Middle School (WGMS), White Sulphur Springs Elementary (WSSE), Ronceverte Elementary, and Rupert Elementary have tested positive for COVID-19,\u201d announced the Greenbrier County School system in a press release. \u201cThose identified as close contacts will be notified and quarantined. Students at the identified schools will learn remotely on the dates noted below to allow for contact tracing and additional sanitation. The timeframe varies based on Health Department guidance related to each unique situation.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe cases led to shifts to remote learning:\r\n<ul>\r\n \t<li>Greenbrier East High School and Eastern Greenbrier Middle School shifted to remote learning for November 9 and 10, returning on Thursday, November 12.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Rupert Elementary, Ronceverte Elementary, and Western Greenbrier Middle School also shifted to remote learning for November 10, returning on Thursday.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>White Sulphur Springs Elementary School shifted to remote learning for the longest - beginning November 10, students are not expected to return to in-person class until after November 30, accounting for the remote learning until November 20, then Thanksgiving break.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>The Greenbrier County Board of Education meeting on November 10 shifted to all virtual following the exposures.<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nSchools are not the only place shifting access - the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center is also shifting their visitation policy.\r\n\r\n\u201cThese practices are for the protection of our patients and care-giving teams,\u201d announced the center on social media. \u201cWe are asking for the community\u2019s understanding and compliance. New visitation guidelines will go into effect Wednesday, November 11: No visitors are permitted to accompany patients in outpatient testing, outpatient surgery, or emergency department. Visitors to inpatient areas are restricted. Exceptions may be made for pediatric patients, laboring mothers, essential caregivers, and end of life situations. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Please share with your friends & family. We sincerely hope to welcome visitors back soon.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn order to keep potential mortality rates down, Marsh emphasized mask wearing and the need to keep hospital capacity open as best as possible. Noting that \u201cover 80 percent of the people dying are in nursing homes,\u201d Marsh explained the virus comes in through visitors and, most importantly, community spread.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe majority of people who are bringing the virus into nursing homes are happening from the community,\u201d said Marsh. \u201cCommunity get-togethers, family [gatherings] where people are not being as cognizant of wearing masks, indoor environments where people are taking their masks off. We know nationally that includes restaurants and bars and coffee shops and gyms. This is really a time where we have to be even more committed to controlling that spread.\u201d\r\n\r\nWith the prospect of Thanksgiving on the horizon, it is notable that one of the potential spreading events Marsh noted was the variety of Halloween celebrations, including trick and trunk or treats. As the next holiday approaches, Marsh emphasized the need for masks and social distancing during these celebrations. This was echoed by Greenbrier County\u2019s representatives.\r\n\r\n\u201cToday we\u2019ve reported the highest number of positive cases in a 24 hour period,\u201d wrote Delegate Cindy Lavender-Bowe on social media. \u201cTo protect your family, neighbors, and community, I recommend that you follow the risk level indicated by the Harvard map. Science and data based. Wear your masks, avoid group gatherings - including small ones.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cLast night, I shared my concern for our state. Today, we have 885 new cases in a single day. Which shatters the previous daily high,\u201d wrote Senator Stephen Baldwin. \u201cFor the health of our grandparents and immunosuppressed patients and high risk citizens, this must turn around. We can turn it around. Not by shutting everything down, as some assume, but simply by following basic guidelines for health\u2014masks, distancing, and hand washing.\u201d\r\n\r\nJustice also noted that shut downs are not off the table, saying \u201cwe are watching everything and everything\u2019s got to be on the table.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cIf we continue to rise and everything the way we\u2019re going, it may come at some point in time that we will have to look awfully, awfully, hard at shutting things down, but right now we sure don\u2019t want to go that way if we can avoid it,\u201d Justice said.