May 21, 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 how COVID-19 is affecting minority communities in 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 May 21, 2020)

  • Positive Cases: 3,130
  • Deaths: 61
Kent County Back to Work Health Screening Program

Kent County has partnered with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Spectrum Health, the City of Grand Rapids, and Meijer to develop a set of guidelines and best practices to help businesses with a thoughtful re-opening strategy.

The program includes a daily health screening tool to help employers survey the health of employees. Also, we have developed a website - - that provides links to directories where businesses can source personal protection equipment, a store to purchase non-contact thermometers, and industry-specific health guidelines. The program is free and available to all businesses in Kent County.
What is Contact Tracing?

Brian Hartl, Supervising Epidemiologist for the Kent County Health Department explains the process of contact tracing and the important role this work plays in our efforts to combat COVID-19 in our community.
Food Distribution Events

The YMCA will be distributing community meal sacks on Monday, May 25 at their community locations. Information on meal sites can be found by clicking here .

As a reminder, all four Grand Rapids Public Schools' grab and go meal sites will be closed on Monday due to the Memorial Day holiday.
Governor's new Executive Order allows gatherings of 10 or less, retail by appointment, etc.

Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order 2020-96 , re-opening retail businesses and auto dealerships for "by-appointment" shopping, starting on May 26. Retailers must limit shopping to 10 customers at a time.

Starting immediately, the Order also allows for small gatherings of 10 people or less, as long as they practice social distancing.

The governor's office added that the Order will lift the requirement that health care providers delay some non-essential medical, dental and veterinary procedures, starting on May 29.
Visit our website for additional information and resources.
Do You Need Assistance with Rent, Utilities and Food?

Kent County Community Action offers several programs to assist with rent, homelessness prevention, utilities, food distribution, transportation and medical insurance enrollment.  Click here to find out more about these programs.
We wish you a safe and
happy Memorial Day weekend!
Kent County Health Department
700 Fuller Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Tel: (616) 632-7100
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