Thirty-six of West Virginia’s 55 counties are in red or orange on the county alert map and only three are left in green.

State Department of Health and Human Resources’ officials posted the map Tuesday, showing seven counties in red: Wayne, Logan, Clay, Wood, Wetzel, Barbour and Berkeley. The map is based on Monday’s data.

Twenty-nine counties were in orange: Kanawha, Putnam, Cabell, Lincoln, Boone, Raleigh, Mingo, Wyoming, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Roane, Jackson, Pleasants, Tyler, Monongalia, Preston, Taylor, Harrison, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph, Pocahontas, Hardy, Hampshire, Morgan, Marshall, Jefferson and Ohio.

Ten counties were in gold: Mason, McDowell, Fayette, Greenbrier, Webster, Braxton, Ritchie, Marion, Mineral and Brooke.

Six counties were in yellow: Calhoun, Gilmer, Doddridge, Pendleton, Grant and Hancock.

The three green counties were: Summers, Wirt and Tucker.

Shifting of the colors on the map comes as coronavirus numbers have been escalating across the state at a rapid rate. Active coronavirus cases have now topped 7,000, and hospitalizations are listed at 369, with 127 in intensive care and 54 on a ventilator.

Twelve new deaths were reported Tuesday.

While WV schools are opening, Gov. Jim Justice has left it to 55 county school systems regarding masking. Some have decided to mask, while others are leaving it to parental decision.

Some county school systems have experiences outrage by parents at school board meetings over having to wear masks.

A number of southern states have legislatively declared mask wearing illegal, those states Covid is raging.