COVID-19 Coverage in Kalamazoo, Michigan


Portraits

Jesenia Campbell, 6, stands with a carton full of free food for her and her siblings that was distributed by Kalamazoo Public Schools at New Village Apartments in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  

Second-grader Nahvia Thomas-Skott, 7, poses for a portrait after picking up her free lunch and homework packet from Kalamazoo Public Schools at Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  

Public Safety Chief Karianne Thomas poses for a portrait at Kalamazoo Public Safety Headquarters in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Friday, March 20, 2020.  

Sandy Glasser holds a note she made and is hanging on the outside of  every resident's window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Glasser's mother, Harriett Toxopeus, lives at New Friends. 

Theresa Charleston, a Kalamazoo Public Schools food service employee, stands with a homemade sign announcing the food distribution at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  

From left; sisters Olana Morton, 6, Serenitee Morton, 5, and Zamariah Morton, 9, stand with their bags of free food distributed by Kalamazoo Public Schools at Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. 

Martel Bartley, 12, sits at a picnic table outside of Eastside Neighborhood Association with free distributed food for him and two of his friends in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. 

Michelle Moore poses for a portrait in full PPE at the "rolling" drive-thru COVID-19 testing lab at Comstock High School in Comstock Township, Michigan on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

Dressed in two masks and full PPE, Medical assistant Jennifer Carroll poses for a portrait at the "rolling" drive-thru COVID-19 testing lab at Comstock High School in Comstock Township, Michigan on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. 

Clinical team manager Beth Chenevare poses for a portrait in full PPE at the entrance to the bay at the "rolling" drive-thru COVID-19 testing lab at Comstock High School in Comstock Township, Michigan on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.


Western Michigan University amid COVID-19 concerns

Western Michigan University announced Wednesday, March 11, 2020 that in-person classes would be canceled. Although students had not been told to vacate residence halls yet, many students decided to pack up and go home amid coronavirus concerns. 

Dionndrea Johnson helps her daughter Shawndrea Carter, a junior from Detroit, move out of Eicher Hall the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Stacey Harbour helps her daughter, Hope, move out of her dorm the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. The Harbour's are from St. Louis, Missouri. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Students walk on Western Michigan University campus the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
A bus drives through Western Michigan University campus the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Students walk on Western Michigan University campus the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Students walk on Western Michigan University campus the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Students walk on Western Michigan University campus the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Students walk on Western Michigan University campus the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Students walk on Western Michigan University campus the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Students walk on Western Michigan University campus the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Stacey Harbour helps her daughter, Hope, move out of her dorm the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. The Harbour's are from St. Louis, Missouri. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Taylor Lerman, a freshman from Grayslake, Illinois, moves out of her dorm the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Taylor Lerman, a freshman from Grayslake, Illinois, moves out of her dorm the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Taylor Lerman, a freshman from Grayslake, Illinois, loads a shelf into her truck that was in dorm the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Students move out of Eicher Hall the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Students and parents pack cars in front of Eicher Hall the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
A sign reading "it's corona time" hangs in the window of a dorm room in Stinson Hall the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Sticky notes spell out "corona" on the windows in dorm rooms in Stinson Hall the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Grace Van Overberghe, a freshman from Edwardsburg, Michigan, waits for the elevator in her dorm with her friend Haley Lindsley the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Grace Van Overberghe walks down the hallway in her dorm with her friend Haley Lindsley the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Grace Van Overberghe packs her clothes in preparation to leave campus the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Grace Van Overberghe packs her clothes in preparation to leave campus the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Grace Van Overberghe packs her clothes in preparation to leave campus the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Grace Van Overberghe packs her clothes in preparation to leave campus the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Lexi Reist packs her suitcase in preparation to leave campus the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Lexi Reist packs her suitcase in preparation to leave campus the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Roommates Grace Van Overberghe and Lexi Reist pack clothes in preparation to leave campus the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Lexi Reist's suitcase lays lays on her bed while she packs in preparation to leave campus the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)

Dionndrea Johnson helps her daughter Shawndrea Carter, a junior from Detroit, move out of Eicher Hall the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Stacey Harbour helps her daughter, Hope, move out of her dorm the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. The Harbour's are from St. Louis, Missouri. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Students walk on Western Michigan University campus the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  A bus drives through Western Michigan University campus the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Students walk on Western Michigan University campus the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Students walk on Western Michigan University campus the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Students walk on Western Michigan University campus the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Students walk on Western Michigan University campus the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Students walk on Western Michigan University campus the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Students walk on Western Michigan University campus the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Stacey Harbour helps her daughter, Hope, move out of her dorm the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. The Harbour's are from St. Louis, Missouri. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Taylor Lerman, a freshman from Grayslake, Illinois, moves out of her dorm the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Taylor Lerman, a freshman from Grayslake, Illinois, moves out of her dorm the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Taylor Lerman, a freshman from Grayslake, Illinois, loads a shelf into her truck that was in dorm the day after it was announced in-person would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Students move out of Eicher Hall the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Students and parents pack cars in front of Eicher Hall the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  A sign reading "it's corona time" hangs in the window of a dorm room in Stinson Hall the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Sticky notes spell out "corona" on the windows in dorm rooms in Stinson Hall the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Grace Van Overberghe, a freshman from Edwardsburg, Michigan, waits for the elevator in her dorm with her friend Haley Lindsley the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com) Grace Van Overberghe walks down the hallway in her dorm with her friend Haley Lindsley the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Grace Van Overberghe packs her clothes in preparation to leave campus the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Grace Van Overberghe packs her clothes in preparation to leave campus the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Grace Van Overberghe packs her clothes in preparation to leave campus the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Grace Van Overberghe packs her clothes in preparation to leave campus the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Lexi Reist packs her suitcase in preparation to leave campus the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Lexi Reist packs her suitcase in preparation to leave campus the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Roommates Grace Van Overberghe and Lexi Reist pack clothes in preparation to leave campus the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Lexi Reist's suitcase lays lays on her bed while she packs in preparation to leave campus the day after it was announced in-person classes would be canceled at Western Michigan University amid Coronavirus concerns in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)

Kalamazoo Public Schools food distribution

KPS began distributing free packaged lunches Monday, March 16, 2020. Food will be distributed on Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's around the community for students who relied on going to school to eat. 

Story: Kalamazoo families flock to free meal sites amid coronavirus school shutdown

Jesenia Campbell, 6, and Cassio Campbell, 3, sit on the playground and look through their packaged lunches at New Village Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Students and caregivers wait to pick up packages lunches at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, March 16, 2020. Kalamazoo Public Schools is distributing lunches for students who need them since schools are closed due to COVID-19. School officials packaged 16,000 lunches to distribute today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Administrator of student services, Barry Smith and Mindi Miller, office supervisor of student services, help hand out milk at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, March 16, 2020. Kalamazoo Public Schools is distributing lunches for students who need them since schools are closed due to COVID-19. School officials packaged 16,000 lunches to distribute today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Students hold their packaged lunches at New Village Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, March 16, 2020. Kalamazoo Public Schools is distributing lunches for students who need them since schools are closed due to COVID-19. School officials packaged 16,000 lunches to distribute today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Melanie Tillison carries a crate of milk for a family at New Village Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, March 16, 2020. Kalamazoo Public Schools is distributing lunches for students who need them since schools are closed due to COVID-19. School officials packaged 16,000 lunches to distribute today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
A student waits for his mom with his packaged lunch thrown over his shoulder at New Village Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, March 16, 2020. Kalamazoo Public Schools is distributing lunches for students who need them since schools are closed due to COVID-19. School officials packaged 16,000 lunches to distribute today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Ashlee Saville hands out milk to students at New Village Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, March 16, 2020. Kalamazoo Public Schools is distributing lunches for students who need them since schools are closed due to COVID-19. School officials packaged 16,000 lunches to distribute today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Ashlee Saville hands out milk to students at New Village Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, March 16, 2020. Kalamazoo Public Schools is distributing lunches for students who need them since schools are closed due to COVID-19. School officials packaged 16,000 lunches to distribute today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Staff with Kalamazoo Public Schools load packaged lunches onto busses to be distributed throughout the district at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Staff with Kalamazoo Public Schools load packaged lunches onto busses to be distributed throughout the district at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Staff with Kalamazoo Public Schools load packaged lunches onto busses to be distributed throughout the district at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Staff with Kalamazoo Public Schools load packaged lunches onto busses to be distributed throughout the district at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Melanie Tillison loads packaged lunches for school children into a car at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
The Morton sisters pick up work packets and choose a new book at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
With her packaged lunch in her hand, Serenitee Morton, 5, plays on the steps at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
While her younger sisters play, Zamariah Morton, 9, reads her new book she picked to go with her work packet on the steps at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
After picking up their work packets and packaged lunches, the Morton sisters roll down the hill at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Martel Bartley, 12, reads his work packet while waiting for his friends with the packaged lunches he picked up for them at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Melanie Tillison tallies how many lunches have been distributed at New Village Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Work packets labeled for the Eastside neighborhood wait to be distributed to parents and students at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
A parent picks up work packets for her children at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)

Jesenia Campbell, 6, and Cassio Campbell, 3, sit on the playground and look through their packaged lunches at New Village Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Students and caregivers wait to pick up packages lunches at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, March 16, 2020. Kalamazoo Public Schools is distributing lunches for students who need them since schools are closed due to COVID-19. School officials packaged 16,000 lunches to distribute today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Administrator of student services, Barry Smith and Mindi Miller, office supervisor of student services, help hand out milk at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, March 16, 2020. Kalamazoo Public Schools is distributing lunches for students who need them since schools are closed due to COVID-19. School officials packaged 16,000 lunches to distribute today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Students hold their packaged lunches at New Village Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, March 16, 2020. Kalamazoo Public Schools is distributing lunches for students who need them since schools are closed due to COVID-19. School officials packaged 16,000 lunches to distribute today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Melanie Tillison carries a crate of milk for a family at New Village Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, March 16, 2020. Kalamazoo Public Schools is distributing lunches for students who need them since schools are closed due to COVID-19. School officials packaged 16,000 lunches to distribute today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  A student waits for his mom with his packaged lunch thrown over his shoulder at New Village Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, March 16, 2020. Kalamazoo Public Schools is distributing lunches for students who need them since schools are closed due to COVID-19. School officials packaged 16,000 lunches to distribute today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Ashlee Saville hands out milk to students at New Village Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, March 16, 2020. Kalamazoo Public Schools is distributing lunches for students who need them since schools are closed due to COVID-19. School officials packaged 16,000 lunches to distribute today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Ashlee Saville hands out milk to students at New Village Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, March 16, 2020. Kalamazoo Public Schools is distributing lunches for students who need them since schools are closed due to COVID-19. School officials packaged 16,000 lunches to distribute today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Staff with Kalamazoo Public Schools load packaged lunches onto busses to be distributed throughout the district at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Staff with Kalamazoo Public Schools load packaged lunches onto busses to be distributed throughout the district at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Staff with Kalamazoo Public Schools load packaged lunches onto busses to be distributed throughout the district at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com) Staff with Kalamazoo Public Schools load packaged lunches onto busses to be distributed throughout the district at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com) Melanie Tillison loads packaged lunches for school children into a car at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  The Morton sisters pick up work packets and choose a new book at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  With her packaged lunch in her hand, Serenitee Morton, 5, plays on the steps at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  While her younger sisters play, Zamariah Morton, 9, reads her new book she picked to go with her work packet on the steps at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  After picking up their work packets and packaged lunches, the Morton sisters roll down the hill at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com) Martel Bartley, 12, reads his work packet while waiting for his friends with the packaged lunches he picked up for them at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Melanie Tillison tallies how many lunches have been distributed at New Village Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com) Work packets labeled for the Eastside neighborhood wait to be distributed to parents and students at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  A parent picks up work packets for her children at the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)

Social Distancing Snowmen

5-year-old twin boys Ricky and Charlie Mack built two snowmen, six feet apart, to promote social distancing in the front yard of their home in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. 

Story: Twins build twin snowmen, six feet apart, to promote social distancing


Loved ones visit New Friends Assisted Living & Memory Care Facility

Rita and Rob Swartz celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary through Rob's window on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Rob has only been in the facility since January and before COVID-19, Rita would visit him everyday. Rita described their wedding day 48 years ago as very similar to today, warm and sunny.  

Story: Separated by glass, Kalamazoo couple celebrates 48 years of marriage

Rita Swartz hangs a banner on her husband's window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Rita and Rob celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Rita Swartz holds up a photo of her and her husband, Rob Swartz, on their wedding day for him to see through the window to his room at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The Swartz's celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Karen Amsbury speaks with her mother Neva Dickmon through her window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Neva Dickmon looks out her window while talking with her daughter Karen Amsbury at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Karen Amsbury speaks with her mother Neva Dickmon through her window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
"Sending our love" is written on the outside of a window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Karen Amsbury speaks with her mother Neva Dickmon through her window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Karen Amsbury speaks with her mother Neva Dickmon through her window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Rita Swartz holds up a photo for her husband, Rob Swartz, to see through the window to his room at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The Swartz's celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Karen Amsbury speaks with her mother Neva Dickmon through her window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Rita Swartz pours sparkling grape juice for her and her husband, Rob, to celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Rita and Rob Swartz celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary through his window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Rita and Rob Swartz celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary through his window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Sandy Glasser shows her mother Harriett Toxopeus the signs she made to hang on the outside of resident's windows at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Harriett Toxopeus looks out the window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Rita and Rob Swartz celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary through his window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Sandy Glasser speaks with her mother Harriett Toxopeus through the window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)

Rita Swartz hangs a banner on her husband's window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Rita and Rob celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Rita Swartz holds up a photo of her and her husband, Rob Swartz, on their wedding day for him to see through the window to his room at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The Swartz's celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Karen Amsbury speaks with her mother Neva Dickmon through her window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Neva Dickmon looks out her window while talking with her daughter Karen Amsbury at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com) Karen Amsbury speaks with her mother Neva Dickmon through her window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  "Sending our love" is written on the outside of a window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Karen Amsbury speaks with her mother Neva Dickmon through her window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com) Karen Amsbury speaks with her mother Neva Dickmon through her window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com) Rita Swartz holds up a photo for her husband, Rob Swartz, to see through the window to his room at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The Swartz's celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary today. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Karen Amsbury speaks with her mother Neva Dickmon through her window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Rita Swartz pours sparkling grape juice for her and her husband, Rob, to celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Rita and Rob Swartz celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary through his window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Rita and Rob Swartz celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary through his window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Sandy Glasser shows her mother Harriett Toxopeus the signs she made to hang on the outside of resident's windows at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Harriett Toxopeus looks out the window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Rita and Rob Swartz celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary through his window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Sandy Glasser speaks with her mother Harriett Toxopeus through the window at New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)

Kalamazoo Public Schools distribute free laptops to high school seniors

Story: Free laptops help Kalamazoo seniors finish school during coronavirus closure

Alexander Ladd passes a laptop to a Kalamazoo Public Schools student at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Alexander Ladd picks up a laptop to give to a Kalamazoo Public Schools student at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Frank Rocco brings laptops out for Alexander Ladd to distribute to Kalamazoo Public Schools students at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Loy Norrix principal Chris Aguinaga checks ID's of Kalamazoo Public Schools students at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Frank Rocco passes laptops to Alexander Ladd to distribute to Kalamazoo Public Schools students at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Alexander Ladd picks up a laptop to give to a Kalamazoo Public Schools student at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Alexander Ladd waits to distribute laptops while Kalamazoo Public Schools students have their ID's checked at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Frank Rocco brings laptops outside to distribute to Kalamazoo Public Schools students at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Loy Norrix principal Chris Aguinaga checks ID's of Kalamazoo Public Schools students at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Judy D'Arcangelis and Joseph Birdsall organize laptops to be distributed to Kalamazoo Public Schools students at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Judy D'Arcangelis hands laptops to Frank Rocco for him to take outside to distribute to Kalamazoo Public Schools students at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
A laptop waits to be distributed to a Kalamazoo Public Schools student at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Frank Rocco passes laptops to Alexander Ladd to distribute to Kalamazoo Public Schools students at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
From left; Chris Aguinaga, Cindy Green and Matthew Johnson wait for students outside of the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Alexander Ladd waits to distribute laptops while Kalamazoo Public Schools students have their ID's checked at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Math and science coordinator Matthew Johnson checks ID's of Kalamazoo Public Schools students at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Loy Norrix principal Chris Aguinaga directs a car to where they can pick up a laptop at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)
Alexander Ladd passes a laptop to a Kalamazoo Public Schools student at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)

Alexander Ladd passes a laptop to a Kalamazoo Public Schools student at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Alexander Ladd picks up a laptop to give to a Kalamazoo Public Schools student at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)  Frank Rocco brings laptops out for Alexander Ladd to distribute to Kalamazoo Public Schools students at the West Main Professional Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com)