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State moves Grand Rapids region to 'high-risk' level for coronavirus spread

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Posted at 1:41 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 15:16:29-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The state has moved the Grand Rapids region to the "high-risk" level in its statewide map that tracks the spread of COVID-19.

The Grand Rapids region was bumped up to the high-risk level after three weeks of increased cases as of July 4, according to the MI Safe Start Map.

It was most recently at the "medium-high" risk level as of July 3.

The state defines high risk in a region as "persistent spread."

The high-risk level is the second highest of six risk levels — with the highest being level one or "uncontrolled growth" and the lowest being level six or "post-pandemic."

Thirteen counties are included in the Grand Rapids region: Kent, Ottawa, Ionia, Muskegon, Newaygo, Montcalm, Mecosta, Isabella, Oceana, Lake, Mason, Osceola and Clare.

The Lansing region is also at the high-risk level, and the Detroit region is at the medium-high risk level.

The rest of the state is at the "medium" risk level: the Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Jackson, Saginaw and Upper Peninsula regions.

Risk levels are determined by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The MI Safe Start Map is "powered" by the University of Michigan.