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More Michigan schools take holiday week off as illnesses climb

The decisions come as the state continues to post the worst new case rate in the U.S.
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MICHIGAN, USA — More Michigan schools are shutting down for the entire week of Thanksgiving, giving staff and families an opportunity to recover from illness, including COVID-19. 

The decisions come as the state continues to post the worst new case rate in the U.S.

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In northern Michigan, Kingsley, Elk Rapids and Kalkaska schools added Monday and Tuesday to the Thanksgiving break. 

Elk Rapids was conducting over 100 rapid tests for COVID-19 but ran out of supplies. 

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The Kalkaska district says its schools would undergo a “thorough, deep cleaning” during the break.

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