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Some Muskegon and Ottawa schools begin shutting their doors as COVID-19 numbers soar

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With new cases of the coronavirus skyrocketing in Muskegon and Ottawa counties, some schools are beginning to shut down and move to online learning.

Muskegon County’s COVID-19 numbers continue to soar to historic heights, as Wednesday the county reported nearly 4000 cases of COVID-19, and 22 deaths. Muskegon County Department of Public Health Officer Kathy Moore.

““The numbers are not looking good," Moore said. "We are continuing to see an increase in our positivity rates as well. From 17.5 to 19.1 as I look at those numbers, so just astronomical increases.”

The rise in cases is making some schools not wait for an executive order to close their doors but rather take matters into their own hands, moving kids to online learning for the time being while health officials try and contain the recent outbreak.

On Friday, Ravenna Public Schools became the latest district to conduct classes remotely and shut in-person learning down, citing an “alarming increase of coronavirus cases districtwide, according to Superintendent Greg Helmer.

On Wednesday, both Zeeland Public Schools and North Muskegon Public Schools announced they would be moving to remote learning through Nov. 30, as well.

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