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High school football games moved up due to EEE

The state advised local officials to move any evening activities to the afternoon to protect against EEE.

After a delayed start to the high school football season, teams are now facing a new hurdle: Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

Last week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services advised residents in 10 counties to reschedule evening activities due to spreading cases of EEE. The mosquito-borne virus is one of the most dangerous with a 33% fatality rate for those who develop symptoms. 

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Because of that, some high schools are moving their kickoff times to earlier in the day. 

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Here is a list of schools that have announced a change in time:

  • Forest Hills Central vs. Grand Rapids Christian: 5 p.m.
  • Ottawa Hills vs. Forest Hills Eastern: 6:30 p.m.
  • Rockford vs. Jenison at  7 p.m.
  • East Kentwood vs. Hudsonville at 5:30 p.m.
  • Lowell vs. East Grand Rapids: 6 p.m.
  • Sparta vs. Godwin Heights: 6 p.m.

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