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Grand Rapids-area schools can make own quarantine policies

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Posted at 7:45 AM, May 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-09 09:04:49-04

(AP)  — Health departments in some of western Michigan’s largest counties say local schools can make their own COVID-19 quarantine policies. Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Ionia counties said countywide orders have been dropped, although they recommend that schools use state guidelines.

Masks still are required. COVID-19 case trends are improving, and people are getting vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the state health department reported 2,758 new cases Friday and 30 additional deaths. The seven-day case rate was 234 per every 100,000 people.

That still makes Michigan No. 1 in the U.S., but the number is significantly lower than just a few weeks ago.