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All K-12 schools in Michigan ordered to close as Gov. Whitmer continues to make sweeping actions to combat COVID-19

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Gov. Whitmer at press conference Thursday evening (courtesy photo).

Late Thursday evening, Governor Gretchen Whitmer held a press conference in which she ordered the closure of all K-12 schools statewide in an effort to decrease the spread of COVID-19. All school buildings, public, private, and boarding to be closed Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 5.  

Prior to this announcement, the health department released information stating that there are twelve confirmed cases (there are now 336 confirmed cases) of the virus in Michigan, seven being in Kent County

“This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families, and our overall public health,” Whitmer stated. “I am working with partners across state government to ensure educators, parents, and students have the support they need during this time, and to ensure our children who rely on school for meals have access to food.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun affirms Whitmer’s decision. 

“Closing our school buildings is the smart thing and the right thing to do for the public’s health,” Khaldun stated in the release. Later adding that he and Whitmer will continue working together in conjunction with the COVID-19 task forces to “ensure we protect our children, our families, and our communities.” 

Individuals infected with the virus have mild to severe respiratory illness and noted the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Grand Rapids Community College has created a new tab on their webpage to keep students, staff, and faculty updated on the coronavirus and its impact on the college. 

Editor’s Note: Updated March 19 to reflect the latest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Updated March 17 to reflect the latest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Updated March 16 to reflect the latest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Updated March 15 to reflect the latest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.