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Kent County Health Department addresses public in latest COVID-19 video

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Posted at 7:10 PM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-29 19:10:39-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Sunday afternoon, the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) updated the public about the COVID-19 developments in their latest weekly video, which can be watched on Facebook here.

In the video, director Adam London informed the public that the number of positive cases on Sunday increased to 71, a jump from 53 confirmed on Saturday. This is the biggest daily increase since Kent County has started releasing the weekly videos. Fox 17 has confirmed with the KCHD that the number of cases has increased to 72 since the video was released at 3:07 p.m. EST.

"Unfortunately, some people in our country are going to get hurt, that's going to be tragic and going to be unacceptable for all of us, but it's the reality," London said. "I promise you we are all fighting like hell to make sure that number is as low as possible and we're doing everything we can to get this entire community through this with as little tragedy as possible. No one is disposable, from the smallest babies inside their mothers to the oldest and sickest amongst us. From the homeless to the healthy, everyone is important to us. We're all in this together."

While stressing the problems with fear and anger in this time of crisis, London called on all of the public, from those on the front lines in the hospitals to those stuck in their homes in quarantine, to remain optimistic in this time while also trying to be a hero.

"Kent County, it is hero time," London said. "Our health care workers are always in hero mode, and right now more than ever we are calling on them to be heroes. But many other people have answered the call to heroic action, by going to work with jobs that are critical and essential for sustaining our current community. These people, very many of whom make very low wages are making sure that medicines are available, that utilites are rising, the trash is collected, and the basic surfaces are there for all of us during this crisis. They're heroes."

London capped off the video by stressing the importance of keeping spirits high in this time of crisis, stressing multiple times that we are all in this together.

"Stay positive, stay heroic, everyone has a purpose in this," London said. "I want to encourage you to continue to follow the recommendations, and we're going to get through this ok, but you got to stay positive."