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Kent County’s COVID-19 risk level has been raised to “high”

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Wednesday, the Kent County Health Department issued a public health safety alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the county’s COVID-19 risk level has been elevated from “substantial” to “high.” The “high” category is defined by COVID-19 virus transmission as more than 100 cases per 100,000 people, or a seven-day positivity rate average of 10-percent or greater. The CDC recommends people who live within areas falling under the “high” risk designation, whether they are vaccinated or not, should wear face coverings in indoor public places.

The “high” risk level extends the CDC’s eviction moratorium in Kent County.

The Kent County Health Department recommends a COVID-19 vaccination as the best tool for ending the pandemic.

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.