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Northern Michigan schools face increase in COVID-19 cases

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School districts across northern Michigan are seeing COVID-19 cases pop up just a few weeks into in-person instruction.

Most schools Up North have been back to face-to-face learning for a few weeks.

Students or staff in Kingsley, Cadillac, Harbor Springs, Leland, and Traverse City have all had confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Keith Smith, the Superintendent of Kingsley schools isn’t surprised.

“Anyone who realistically thought that they were gonna get through a school year without this affecting their district I think has their head in the sand,” said Smith.

Traverse City schools return to in-person instruction Monday.

The state recently announced they’ll be tracking COVID-19 outbreaks in schools weekly.