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The Kent County Health Department has issued a Public Health Warning.

The 7-day average for new COVID-19 cases is 682 cases per day. That’s 100 more cases per day on average than last week. With test positivity rates climbing to 16.2% the Kent County Health Department says its reaching “dangerous levels” 

“And most concerning of all, our death rate is continuing to increase. We’re now at 263 deaths here in Kent County and we’re seeing an average of 6.2 new deaths each day here in Kent County. And that’s, of course, the most concerning of all of these measures.”

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This week, the state moved the Grand Rapids region from a COVID-19 Medium-High risk to Medium risk after the past two weeks indicated new cases remained flat. But it’s the positivity rate that health officials are watching closely.

The Kent County Health Department is recording an average increase of five deaths per week and about 40 new COVID-19 cases per day.

There have been some ups and downs over the past two weeks, but overall, cases are flat. And during that same period some encouraging news; the positivity rate has declined.

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As of Wednesday, April 22nd, there are 750 recorded cases of COVID-19 in Kent County. An increase of 100 from the prior day. Why are cases rising here when other parts of the state are experiencing a plateau or decrease?

The increase of COVID-19 cases in Kent County can be attributed to the expansion of testing. More tests performed can identify an increased number of cases.

“At the beginning of this month, there were only a few dozen tests being done on a daily basis. We’re now at a point where hundreds of tests are done daily.”