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Tracking Test Positivity Rate in Grand Rapids' city core

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The Kent County Health Department and its area partners are tracking down COVID-19 cases through expanded testing. In particular, Grand Rapids urban core.

You may have heard the term “Test Positivity Rate” in recent days. It’s the percentage of tests that come back positive for COVID-19. In the early stages of the pandemic it was 2% to 4%. Now, with additional testing in West Michigan, it has gradually climbed to about 11%.

“When we look at some of the more vulnerable communities, we’re seeing a Test Positivity Rate of 20% to 30%.”

Dr. Adam London is Kent County Health Department Director. In recent weeks, the health department along with Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Cherry Health are testing individuals living in Grand Rapids urban core who may not have access to a healthcare provider.

The Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids, Mel Trotter Ministries, and The Salvation Army are providing additional shelter for women experiencing homelessness.

“The diocese has allowed use of their gymnasium at Catholic Central (high school) in order to house people who are negative for COVID-19 but who otherwise don’t have a place to stay. It’s very important that we space that population out as much as possible right now.”

A dormitory setting housing up to 75 women. Meals, showers and essential services are provided with social distancing guidelines enforced.

I’m Patrick Center.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.