April 8, 2020

This newsletter will be available in multiple languages on as soon as it is translated.
Situational Update
Click to watch! Kent County Health Department Director Adam London gives an update on the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the residents of Kent County.

The Spanish version of this video will be available on YouTube as soon as it is translated.
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Kent County Data  (as of April 8, 2020)

  • Tests Submitted: 741
  • Pending Tests: 159
  • Presumptive Positive Cases: 216
  • Negative Tests: 366
  • Deaths: 9

Disclaimer:  Private labs are now conducting coronavirus testing; therefore, the state testing numbers are not a true reflection of the number of tests conducted or the total number of people who have tested negative.
New Online Dashboard

To visualize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community, Kent County Administration launched a new online dashboard . The data geographically breaks down the number of confirmed, negative and pending cases within the County. Additionally , the dashboard compares the number of positive cases and deaths across the state. Click here to view the dashboard.
New Website Available for Businesses and Employees

The West Michigan COVID-19 Business Coalition recently formed to provide resources, guidance, and services to employers and employees that have been impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic. The website, , has information on business loans and grants and how to file for unemployment benefits.

Coalition members include Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (West MI), City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc., Kent County, LINC UP, Local First, National Business League, Inc., Urban League of West Michigan, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber and West Michigan Works!  Click here to learn more.
WIC Program

Has your income or employment status recently changed? If so, the federal supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may be available to you and your family. This program provides s upplemental food which can be purchased at participating grocery stores and pharmacies, h ealth care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

For more information or to see if you qualify for WIC, call (616) 632-7200 or visit
Utility Assistance

If your income has been affected by COVID-19 and you are having trouble paying utility bills, Consumers Energy and DTE Energy have established programs to ensure your service is not interrupted.

Consumers Energy
  • Suspending shutoffs for non-payment for low-income and senior customers through May 3, 2020.
  • Extending Winter Protection Plan end dates for senior citizens and qualified low-income customers through May 3, 2020, without any additional actions required on their part.

Click here to learn more about Consumer's Energy Emergency Response.

DTE Energy
  • Suspending shutoffs for non-payment for low-income customers (200 percent or less of the Federal Poverty Level) through April 30, 2020. This timing could be extended depending on the impact of the virus on our community.
  • Extending the Senior Winter Protection Program for existing customers through May 3, 2020 without additional actions required on their part. Note, all seniors (62 and older) are included in this program unless another payment option was chosen.

Click here to learn more about DTE Energy's Assistance Policies and Programs.

If you cannot pay your utility bill, contact your utility company immediately. Also, you can call 2-1-1 to be connected to community resources.
Visit our website for additional information and resources

  • Call 2-1-1 for community resources
  • Call 888-535-6136 for health-related questions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health Guidance



Kent County Health Department
700 Fuller Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Tel: (616) 632-7100
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