GVSU Historical COVID-19 Data Dashboard, 2020-22

As of the end of April, 2022, the data dashboard is no longer being updated.  This page remains available as a historical record of the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years.

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)


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. Since cases are plotted here by test date, the last few days will generally be underestimates.

Cumulative Cases in the GVSU Community (Population ~24,000)

A total of 7,500 cases were confirmed in the GV community from August 1, 2020 to April 28, 2022, including 281 Faculty members, 545 Staff, 1,120 on-campus students, 3,402 off-campus students in Ottawa County, 1,713 off-campus students in Kent County, and 439 students in other/unknown counties.

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.



2021-22 GVSU students and employees with approved vaccination exemptions

Category Total Applicants Pending Approved (% of Category) Medical Postpone/ Defer Religious Multiple
Students 2403 3 2214 10.9 60 98 1835 221
Faculty/Staff 157 0 139 4.3 15 5 103 16

exemption request statistics (2021-2022)

Category Total Requests Total Applicants Medical Requests Approved Medical (%) Post/Def Requests Approved Post/Def (%) Religious Requests Approved Religious (%)
Students 2954 2754 186 38.2 448 50.7 2320 95.7
Faculty/Staff 186 174 34 50 28 42.9 124 93.5

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".

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 120307 1371 1.14 237 2.53
GV Total 132392 2812 2.12 294 6.8


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 consists of required weekly testing by unvaccinated community members and voluntary walk-in testing by others.  More details are available about the GV testing program.  "GV Total" includes surveillance testing plus all symptomatic/exposure tests. 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  Region 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). 

Overview of data collected and monitored

F2020-W2021 Data Dashboard Graphs and Data

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

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

Page last modified March 14, 2024