GRAND RAPIDS, MI. – Guiding Light in Grand Rapids will be an isolation center for homeless individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Kent County Health Department has partnered with Guiding Light to designate its facility at 255 S. Division Ave. as an isolation center for those experiencing homelessness who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results.
There are 24 private rooms, a bunk area, six bathrooms and a full-service kitchen in the facility. Up to 60 people can be in the facility when fully staffed, the health department says.
Patients referred from hospitals after testing positive for COVID-19 or waiting for results can be accepted starting April 3.
The health department says the city of Grand Rapids, the nonprofit community, the Amway Corporation and Meijer Inc. have helped make this opportunity possible.
“Our staff has done a tremendous job transitioning this facility into an isolation center,” said Dr. Adam London, Kent County Health Department Director. “They have worked tirelessly to assess the medical and operational needs to ensure individuals using this facility are well cared for during their recovery,” he added.