Most of the Grand Ledge cases (29 of 47) involve middle and high school students, coaches and additional students and staff exposed at a series of basketball games Feb. 18, said Anne Barna, spokesperson for the health department.

The remaining cases are among close contacts of these individuals, she said.

The health department isn’t calling for a halt to school sports, she noted. But parents must understand that sports participation comes with increased risks, with students in close contact and with labored breathing in events that don’t always require masks.

“It’s a risk,” Barna said. “It’s a controlled risk, and we understand that that risk may be fine for some families.” {Read}