Ottawa County's COVID-19 Response Updates - Tuesday, April 21, 2020


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Ottawa County I Tuesday, April 21

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Media Contact: Kristina Wieghmink, OCDPH public information officer I mobile/text 616-510-8523

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Click on the dashboard to expand. Data Source: Michigan Disease Surveillance System. All data are for laboratory-confirmed cases only, at this time.

Testing capacity and prioritization

While the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services may have expanded its COVID-19 testing criteria, testing may not be widely available to everyone. Healthcare providers and facilities need to ensure they have the testing supplies on hand, the personnel to do the testing (with the appropriate PPE) and lab capacity. Here is the prioritization guidance on testing:

  • Priority One
    • Hospitalized patients
    • Healthcare facility workers with symptoms
      (includes workers within a healthcare facility, not just providers of direct healthcare services)

  • Priority Two
    • Patients in long-term care facilities with symptoms (includes any resident with symptoms in congregate living arrangements, not only long-term care facilities)
    • Patients over age 65 years with symptoms
    • Patients with underlying conditions with symptoms
    • First responders with symptoms

  • Priority Three
    • Critical infrastructure workers with symptoms
    • Individuals who do not meet any of the above categories with symptoms
    • Asymptomatic health care workers and first responders
    • Individuals with mild symptoms in communities experiencing high COVID-19 hospitalizations

  • Priority 4
    • Critical infrastructure workers, including asymptomatic workers
      (These individuals may be tested only if specimen collection and testing capacity remains after serving all patient groups above)

If you are concerned about being tested, please call one of these screening numbers:

Holland Hospital
(616) 394-2080

North Ottawa Community Health System
(616) 935-7810

Spectrum Health
(616) 391-2380

or visit MDHHS's COVID-19 Test Finder


Food Service License Applications remain due by April 30, as required by state law. The Environmental Health Department does not want to create additional hardships for restaurants who are already struggling because of the coronavirus mitigations strategies. Therefore, if you are a license holder who is unable to pay the license renewal fee at this time, we are waiving late fees until June 30. The application must still be submitted if you intend to renew for the 2020-2021 licensing year, but we will invoice you for the amount due and there will be no late fees as long as that amount is paid by June 30, 2020. This is in effect only for foodservice establishments located in Ottawa County. We thank those of you who have submitted the application and payment already. Please contact your inspector or our Environmental Health office if you have any questions.

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Lt. Governor Gilchrist & Former Lt. Governor Calley Call for Federal Action on Additional SBA Forgivable Loans 

43,000 Michigan small businesses received more than $10 billion in first round of Paycheck Protection Program funding. 

Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, former Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Michigan Association of CPAs President & CEO Bob Doyle, today called on federal officials to reach an agreement and authorize additional funding to the Paycheck Protection Program funds from the U.S. Small Business Administration.   

More than 43,000 businesses in Michigan impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak received more than $10 billion in forgivable loans during the first round of PPP funding. Nationally, $349 billion was authorized for the initial round of PPP, all of which was committed by April 16 – less than two weeks after the application period opened – demonstrating the continued need for small business relief.   

“While tens of thousands of Michigan businesses were able to receive more than $10 billion of relief through the Paycheck Protection Program, there continues to be a significant need for additional resources to support our small businesses,” Lt. Governor Gilchrist said. “Additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program will be critical in helping our businesses keep their doors open and in protecting the livelihoods of their workers.”  


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