COVID-19

Kalamazoo City Manager tests positive for COVID

Jim Ritsema says he has mild symptoms and is recuperating at home.

Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema has tested positive for COVID-19. The city made the announcement on Thursday.

According to the news release, Ritsema has experienced only mild symptoms and will remain quarantined until doctors say he can return to work.

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“Fortunately, I’ve been working primarily remotely throughout the pandemic and have not been at the office since Tuesday, Oct. 6,” he said in the release. “I have been working closely with the Kalamazoo County Health Department and following their guidance and recommendations.”

Mayor David Anderson encouraged people to follow the guidance of health experts to prevent the spread of the virus. Kalamazoo County is currently experiencing high infection rates as new infection numbers spike statewide.

“Jim Ritsema’s positive COVID-19 test is another reminder to remain vigilant and continue taking the proper precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 — like wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently and staying home if you don’t feel well,” he said.