01/15/2022

As of January 12, 2022, the Kent County Health Department reports 127,661 total cases of COVID-19, of which 49,689 are active. The department further breaks down those numbers by municipality and zip code.

By zip code, local cumulative cases are as follows:

  • 49331 — 2,814
  • 49301 — 3,205
  • 49302 — 1,411

By municipality, local cumulative cases are as follows:

  • City of Lowell — 951
  • Ada Township — 2,324
  • Bowne Township — 647
  • Vergennes Township — 827
  • Lowell Township — 902
  • Grattan Township — 617

Vaccines for COVID-19 were first approved for use late in 2020 and, as of November 2021, all Michigan residents age 5 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine if they wish. Of the three vaccines currently approved, two require two doses to be fully effective. Everyone age 18 and older is also eligible to receive a booster shot six months after their initial series of vaccines.

Currently, 64.2% of Kent County residents are fully vaccinated and 48.6% of Ionia County residents are fully vaccinated, per data available through the Kent County Health Department. Percentages refer to population age 5 and older.

The State of Michigan tracks cases of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. Their data was last updated to include cases through January 4, 2022.

Facility                                      Resident New       Resident Cumulative        Staff New       Staff Cumulative                   Deaths

Laurels of Kent                                0                                     61                                 0                            38                                  13(residents)

Maple Ridge Manor                        0                                      5                                  0                          15                                   1 (resident)

Fountain View                                 0                                      34                                0                          18                                    5(residents)

Green Acres                                     2                                      6                                  2                        24                                     0

The State of Michigan tracks school-related outbreaks of COVID-19 as well. An outbreak is defined as two or more cases of COVID-19 among people who are from different households and have shared exposure on school grounds. There are currently no outbreaks reported for Lowell Area Schools.

On its website, Lowell Area Schools also tracks the number of cases reported by staff and students. Except when indicated by an outbreak on the state website, these numbers reflect people who were infected with COVID-19 outside the school environment. The latest data is shown below.

2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR SUMMARY (not including current week)
WEEKLY SUMMARY – January 10-14, 2022
School # of Students # of Staff Total Confirmed Cases School # of Students # of Staff Total Confirmed Cases
Alto 45 6 51 Alto 6 0 6
Bushnell 18 4 22 Bushnell 3 0 3
Cherry Creek 43 6 49 Cherry Creek 9 2 11
Murray Lake 65 15 80 Murray Lake 9 0 9
Middle School 58 4 62 Middle School 17 2 19
High School 80 8 88 High School 31 1 32
Unity 1 0 1 Unity 0 0 0
Yeiter Learning Center 4 3 7 Yeiter Learning Center 0 0 0
District (includes Transportation) 0 12 12 District (includes Transportation) 0 0 0

Kent County Health Department tracks COVID-19 data by school district and currently, Lowell Area Schools has a 7-day transmission rate of 1,058 cases per 100,000 people. Anything greater than 100 cases per 100,000 residents is considered a high transmission area. Among residents living in the school district, vaccination rates are:

  • 74% — Ages 16+
  • 52% — Ages 12-17
  • 42% — Ages 5-11
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