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GRCC student tested positive for COVID-19

A bare Grand Rapids Community College Campus Wednesday, March 18 after it suspended face-to-face instruction to minimize the spread of COVID-19 (Hayley Babbitt/The Collegiate).

A Grand Rapids Community College student has tested positive for COVID-19. This has been confirmed by the Kent County Health Department, GRCC President Bill Pink stated in an email March 21.  

Since then, a second GRCC student has tested positive for COVID-19 Dave Murray, GRCC’s Communications Director, confirmed Monday. 

Both cases have been confirmed by the Kent County Health Department, according to a statement by the college. The health department assessed both cases and has “spoken to potentially exposed students and faculty and determined there is little to no risk to others at the college.”

There is no additional information regarding the second student infected with the virus as of now. Below is the limited information known about the first confirmed case. 

The student became symptomatic March 17. On March 19 they were tested. The positive confirmation for COVID-19 came March 20. 

In an email to faculty and staff Saturday, the president stated that the health department has determined “the risk to GRCC as low.” 

“The student is in isolation, and the Health Department has worked with the student to determine who their close contacts are, based on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services risk-based guidelines,” read an email that went out to students Saturday evening. 

According to the statement, “The Health Department has determined this person has had very few close contacts, and has contacted those individuals who require observation and are monitoring them for illness for 14 days after their last known exposure to the student.”

The Collegiate contacted Murray Saturday who declined to provide additional information and referred the reporter back to the college’s prepared statement. 

Administrators are working closely with the health department to determine the following steps GRCC should take. 

“Our first thoughts are with this student as they continue to recover,” Pink stated. “As a campus community, we will continue to take proactive steps to limit the spread of coronavirus. The safety and wellness of all of our students and employees continues to be our top priority as we face this crisis together.”

Editor’s Note: This story was updated March 23 to include information regarding the second student infected with coronavirus.