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All Michigan K-12 schools to close through April 6

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Posted at 11:03 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 07:16:23-04

DIMONDALE, Mich. — All schools in Michigan are closed starting Monday until April 6.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made the announcement Thursday night after 10 presumptive positive cases were found through testing. The tests still need to be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation.

"This is not a decision that I make lightly," Whitmer said.

She said she is working to ensure teachers, parents and students are supported during this time and to ensure kids who rely on school for meals have access to food.

"I know this will be a tough time, but we're doing this to keep the most people we can safe," Whitmer said. "I urge everyone to make smart choices during this time and to do everything they can to protect themselves and their families."

Around 9:30 p.m., the State of Michigan announced 10 new presumptive positive cases were confirmed in Michigan. Three of the cases are in Kent County and another is in Montcalm County.

In Kent County, the cases involve two adult women and an adult man with a history of international travel. All are in their 60s.

Two have been in quarantine and another has had minimal human contact. Officials said all are recovering at home and aren't showing severe symptoms.

Kent County health officials say they have an idea of where the three people traveled to but declined to share that due to confidentiality reasons.

Montcalm County’s case involves an adult female who has traveled internationally.

The State of Michigan said it is testing possible cases in its labs seven days a week.

**This is a developing story. Check back with FOX 17 for further updates.**