State moves Grand Rapids region out of 'high risk' category for COVID-19 cases

Posted at 3:07 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 15:07:10-04

LANSING, Mich. — The Grand Rapids region has moved out of the "high risk" category for COVID-19 cases, state officials said during a press conference Tuesday.

That means that the region has seen a declining case count, test positivity rate and number of people presenting COVID-like symptoms.

The region is now at "medium high risk."

Meanwhile, the Detroit, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Saginaw, Jackson and Upper Peninsula regions remain at medium high risk, though test positivity rates have been inching up, state officials said.

The state has seen the number of new cases plateau over the past two weeks, low levels of deaths and steady hospitalization rates, Chief Medical Executive Joneigh Khaldun said. Every region in the state is now meeting its goal for testing.

Seventy-eight new outbreaks were identified by local health departments, many of them associated with nursing homes, social gatherings, workplaces, bars, restaurants, child care and agricultural works settings and gyms, officials said.

"I know 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone, but if we are patient, if we do what we are supposed to do, we can beat this disease," Khaldun said.

Watch the press conference: