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More than half of Michigan students must wear masks in school

Several counties, including six of the 10 most populated ones, have mandated face coverings for students, teachers and staff indoors.
Credit: AP
A sign in opposition of the mask mandate on display during the Kent County board meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. The meeting was held after the Kent County Health Department issued a mask mandate for teachers and children preschool through sixth grade across the county. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)

LANSING, Mich. — At least half of Michigan's public K-12 students must wear a mask in school, a figure that has grown as local health or education officials order requirements that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer supports but is hesitant to reinstitute statewide. 

Several counties, including six of the 10 most populated ones, have mandated face coverings for students, teachers and staff indoors. Their health officers have pointed to a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant. 

Whitmer has faced criticism for leaving the decision to local leaders being confronted with angry parents. She is commending counties and school districts for requiring masks.

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