GVSU COVID-19 Data Dashboard

This dashboard is updated weekdays.

Last update was Friday, December 3, 2021, 7:00 a.m.

Grand Valley is committed to transparency in the testing and trends of the virus within our entire community of faculty, staff, and students – including those who live on and off campus. Cases shown in the charts below include data obtained from: reports on self-assessment, notifications from the Ottawa and Kent County Health Departments, and the GVSU testing program.


Note: Data may be truncated or improperly displayed on mobile devices.

Daily Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in the GVSU Community (Last 10 Days)


Current Active and Cumulative Cases in the GVSU Community (Population ~28,000)

Current Active Cases Faculty Cases Staff Cases On-Campus Students Off-Campus (Ottawa) Off-Campus (Kent) Off-Campus (other) Current GVSU population % positive 7-day Average of Daily Case Reports
188 13 14 28 70 50 13 0.67 22.71

"Current active cases" is the count of positive cases reported to the Virus Action Team over the past ten days.  This is an estimate of those currently in isolation, assuming a ten day symptomatic period following the reporting of a positive test result. Actual periods of isolation are specific to the individual and determined by the county health department.

A total of 4,565 cases have been confirmed in the GV community since August 1, 2020, including 128 Faculty members, 278 Staff, 657 on-campus students, 2,256 off-campus students in Ottawa County, 990 off-campus students in Kent County, and 256 students in other/unknown counties. As late case reports are received, these numbers may be adjusted.

On-campus Q&I Beds (11/23) --- Updated Tu/Fr


COVID-19 Vaccination of the 2021-2022 GV Community

All students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccination, see the Vaccine Information page on Lakers Together.



current GVSU students and employees with approved vaccination exemptions

Category Total Applicants Pending Approved (% of Category) Medical Postpone/ Defer Religious Multiple
Students 2511 76 2211 10.3 58 62 1844 247
Faculty/Staff 171 2 146 4.1 17 8 106 15

exemption request statistics (F2021)

Category Total Requests Total Applicants Medical Requests Approved Medical (%) Post/Def Requests Approved Post/Def (%) Religious Requests Approved Religious (%)
Students 2908 2691 217 28.6 423 48.2 2268 93.3
Faculty/Staff 175 168 34 44.1 24 41.7 117 95.7

Online-only students who received a postponement (N~200) are not included among the "Current GVSU Students". Of those individuals who made requests for multiple exemption types and received an exemption ("Multiple" in the "Approved Vaccination Exemptions" table), approximately 70% were approved for a Religious exemption. Simultaneous multiple-exemption-type requests (N~120) are not included in the "Exemption Request Statistics".

Historical Trend of Cases in the GVSU community


Last six months of data displayed. For earlier data, see the archived 2020-2021 GVSU Data Dashboard.

GVSU Testing Program

Testing Category Total # of Tests Total # Positive Cumulative Positivity Rate (%) Total Tests (last 7 days) Positivity Rate (%, last 7 days)
GV Surveillance 103188 857 0.83 1616 2.66
GV Total 112264 1714 1.53 1947 4.62


Note: Erroneous positivity peaks --- due to the Thanksgiving and Winter breaks, when no surveillance testing was performed --- have been truncated to aid display.


"GV Surveillance" data are based on invitations to various groups: (1) regular (weekly or bi-weekly) testing of groups such as resident assistants and faculty teaching face-to-face courses; (2) students in specific residence halls or apartment complexes, on a multi-week rotation; (3) targeted testing of specific groups in a given week due to current COVID conditions; and (4) students and staff chosen randomly each week.  About 1 in 7 students who are attending at least one course on campus are invited each week.  More details are available about the GV testing program.  "GV Total" includes surveillance testing plus all symptomatic/exposure tests administered on campus by Spectrum Health. The GV testing program began on August 21, 2020.

GVSU Cases in Ottawa and Kent Counties



Data from the Ottawa County and Kent County COVID-19 dashboards. Last six months of data displayed. For earlier data, see the archived 2020-2021 GVSU Data Dashboard.

COVID-19 Hospital Statistics in West Michigan (Region 6)


Data from the MDHHS COVID-19 Metrics website and its archived versions. Note: dates are missing on horizontal axis, making it non-linear.

Approximate prior peak values (from mid-May 2020): In-patient Total, 140; ICU Patients, 55; Ventilated, 30; ER Visits, 125.

COVID-19 Vaccination Statistics in West Michigan (Region 6)


Data taken from the Michigan.gov COVID-19 Vaccine DashboardRegion 6 includes the counties: Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Ionia, Montcalm, Newaygo, Clare, Isabella, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Oceana, and Osceola. The region is served by 22 hospitals and has a population of approximately 1.5 million (with 655k in Kent, 290k in Ottawa, 175k in Muskegon). 



Grand Valley's Alert Level is based on a number of different considerations and factors. A full breakdown of alert level considerations and indicators is available, as well as the current status of our indicators.

This page is maintained by GVSU's Virus Action Team (VAT). Navigate to the other VAT-administered pages using the buttons above. For questions, concerns, or to report a non-emergency health/safety issue, email us at virusactionteam@gvsu.edu.  Information over the phone is available at the Lakers Together Call Center (general information) and the 24/7 GVSU-Spectrum COVID Health Line (personal health questions).  See the Contact Us page for details and hours of operation.

Overview of data collected and monitored

For our tracking and reporting efforts, the Virus Action Team vigorously monitors data on COVID-19 at the campus, regional, state, and national levels.

Campus Level

  • All students, faculty and staff are expected to complete the daily self assessment, including weekends.  The assessment is required for those coming to campus.
  • We conduct regular and randomized testing of selected campus populations, and provide access to symptomatic/exposure testing through Spectrum Health.
  • We track the number of individuals in the GV community who are in quarantine or isolation (on and off campus), and the availability of on-campus Q&I rooms.

Regional/State Level

National Level

F2020-W2021 Data Dashboard Graphs and Data

Archived versions of the GVSU Data Dashboard (Internet Archive "Wayback Machine")

* --- GVSU's Data Dashboard is rated A by the We Rate COVID Dashboards team.