Last 6 coronavirus tests negative in Kent County

Posted at 3:14 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 16:36:26-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The latest batch of tests for the coronavus in Kent County have come back negative.

The update on the six tests was shared this afternoon in a video statement by Dr. Adam London, the administrative health officer at the Kent County Health Department.

Kent County now has three positive tests, 20 negative tests and 39 pending tests from the state lab, London says.

Tests are being submitted to the state lab on an ongoing basis.

London also asks the public to help "alleviate the burden" being felt right now by first responders, emergency rooms and doctors.

"They have been truly overwhelmed in the last couple days with people stopping by with minor respiratory symptoms," he says.

"Unless you are severely ill, you should call your doctor's office, you should call your emergency room before showing up to their office for care," he says.

Another initial screening option is using providers' online resources or telehealth services.

He says the community needs to be "good stewards" of the "very limited testing supplies we have."

London adds that many people have asked how they can help in the community.

He encourages people to donate, for instance, to Kids' Food Basket to help the nonprofit assist families who don't have the "financial ability" to be "stocking up."

Watch Dr. London's statement