June 3, 2020

This newsletter will be available in multiple languages on as soon as it is translated.
Today's Video Update
In today's video, Dr. Adam London talks about our new testing facilities and Dr. Fauci's latest vaccine information.

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 June 3, 2020)

  • Positive Cases: 3,812
  • Deaths: 93
Kent County Back to Work Personal Protection Equipment Program

As part of the Kent County Back to Work initiative, the Kent County Board of Commissioners allocated $2 million of the County’s CARES Act funding to launch a program providing personal protective equipment (PPE), at no cost, to qualifying small businesses and other employers to assist in reopening their operations. Available PPE includes eye and face protection, gloves, hand sanitizer and thermometers. To qualify, employers must be located in Kent County and employ 100 people or fewer. 

Qualified employers may place PPE requests either online or by calling the PPE fulfillment center at (616) 245-3636 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Calls will be taken in English or Spanish. All qualifying requests received by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 will be entered into a random selection process. The first-round selection will take place on Friday, June 5, and the fulfillment center will begin filling requests on that date.

All qualified employers selected in the first-round selection process will be contacted after their requests are selected and filled, and they will be told where they can pick-up their order. Requests not picked up by employers within 5 business days of notification will be returned to inventory. The program will continue accepting employer requests and running daily random selection process as long as program funding is available. If an employer is not selected in the initial drawing, they will remain eligible either until they are selected or until funding is no longer available.
Health Department Expands COVID-19 Testing

On Monday, we opened four new community COVID-19 testing sites. The testing is available to individuals over the age of six (6) months who:

  • live in a community impacted by COVID-19,
  • have a known exposure to a person with confirmed COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19, or
  • work in a job that puts them at high risk for exposure (jail, homeless shelters, nursing homes or assisted living facilities, food processing facilities, or any business that limits the ability to practice social distancing, or has repeated close contact with the public).

Registration for the testing is strongly encouraged by visiting our website or by calling (616) 632-7200.

No insurance or identification is needed to receive the free test; however, people who have health insurance are asked to bring their insurance cards. Individuals must wear a mask when arriving at a testing location.

For a full list of testing sites, click here .
Michigan Long-Term Care Data

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has made COVID-19 data from long-term care facilities available on the State's website .
Visit our website for additional information and resources.
Kent County Parks to Reopen with Restrictions

The Kent County Parks has started a staggered reopening schedule for its beaches, campground, open shelters, picnic areas, public restrooms, and splashpad. Visitors will be required to follow new health guidelines and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more information, hours and reservations click here.
Beaches: The swimming beaches at Long Lake Park, Millennium Park, Myers Lake Park and Wabasis Park are open. Social distancing requirements of six feet (about 2 arms' length) are required for those not of the same household.

Playgrounds: All playgrounds are open.

Kaufman Golf Course: The golf course is open and golf carts are available.

Public Restrooms: All restrooms will open on June 5, 2020. Enhanced cleaning protocols have been implemented and signs will be posted in the facilities with the cleaning schedule.

Open Shelters: Open shelters will be available on June 5, 2020. Capacity is limited to 100 individuals and social distancing requirements of six feet (about 2 arms' length) are required for those not of the same household.

Group Picnic Areas: Group picnic areas will be available on June 5, 2020. Capacity is limited to 100 individuals and social distancing requirements of six feet (about 2 arms' length) are required for those not of the same household.

Millennium Park Splashpad: The splashpad will open on June 8, 2020. However, space will be limited to 50 percent capacity (approximately 50 people).

Wabasis Lake Campground: The campground will open on June 12, 2020. Additional health and safety guidelines will be posted on the Parks website prior to opening.

Enclosed Shelters: All enclosed shelters are closed until further notice from the Governor’s Office.

Recreational Fields: All recreation fields are closed until further notice from the Governor’s Office.

All visitors who are feeling any symptoms of illness or exposed to COVID-19 should stay home and not expose other guests or Parks’ staff to possible infections. Additionally, visitors are asked to practice social distancing, wash or sanitize their hands, and consider wearing masks in public when social distancing cannot be maintained.

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