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AP sources: Whitmer administration to let high schools open

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration will lift a prohibition on in-person instruction at Michigan high schools, letting them reopen in January after the holiday break following a decline in coronavirus cases.

Three people familiar with the pending announcement disclosed it to The Associated Press on Friday. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of an afternoon news conference.

High schools have been virtual since Nov. 18 following a spike in COVID-19 cases statewide. The state health department’s order expires at the end of Sunday, though much of it could be extended.

The order also has prohibited indoor restaurant dining and in-person classes at colleges, closed entertainment venues, and barred organized sports.

State officials this week reported progress in the fight against the virus, saying new cases continue to decline and that Michigan has seen no spike related to Thanksgiving travel. They warned, though, that the case rate remains high.


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