Six residents at Exodus Place positive for coronavirus; all residents tested

Posted at 11:58 AM, May 14, 2020

Exodus Place, the state’s largest transitional housing facility for men, reported Thursday that six residents had tested positive for coronavirus and that all residents and staff were tested as a result.

The discovery was made when the men visited a local hospital. The tests on residents and staff were administered to more than 100 people by the Kent County Health Department on Monday.

“The health department kept everything running smoothly,” said case manager Jasmine Bechtel in a release. “It was pretty stressful at first with so many people to organize, but our residents were cooperative.”

“We’ve had a COVID-19 screening process in place for several weeks,” explained co-founder, president and CEO Robb Munger.

Results of the tests are pending.

“We’re ramping up our efforts (against the virus) even more,” Bechtel said. “We’re also organizing telemedicine visits through Michigan State University’s Spartan Street Med Program, so that our residents can talk to a doctor without entering the community and putting others at risk.”