Ottawa County's COVID-19 Response Updates - Wednesday, May 6, 2020


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Ottawa County I Wednesday, May 6

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We are saddened to report a female in her 60s, a male in his 80s--both who had underlying health conditions--and a female in her 20s with no known underlying health conditions passed away since our last update. Our thoughts go out to their families and friends during this difficult time of mourning their loss. 

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Click on the dashboard to expand. Data Source: Michigan Disease Surveillance System.

Be sure to check out the various tabs in the new dashboard. You can view total case counts, which include laboratory-confirmed cases and probable cases, or view each case type individually. Probable cases are those who have not had a test but have symptoms and have been in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, age, sex, race, ethnicity and location demographics are available. You can also view testing information by clicking on the tabs at the bottom of the dashboard. We hope you find the information useful as we continue surveillance and identifying cases to slow the spread of the virus in our community. 

Prevention Measures are Still Relevant and Crucial

Your actions make a difference in slowing or increasing the spread of COVID-19.

As the weather gets warmer and people are venturing outside, along with businesses starting to phase into reopening and holiday celebration plans being developed, please keep in mind we are NOT in a position to relax the disease control measures our community has been working so hard on and contributing so much.  

By keeping with physical distancing and wearing a face cover in public, along with frequent hand washing and disinfecting, we've been able to slow the spread in Ottawa County. Now is not the time to let up or loosen these actions. We understand many people are eager to open up all businesses and gather with friends and family members, but we must maintain the community mitigation strategies put in place to avoid a second wave or surge of COVID-19 in our community. 

People who do not have COVID-19-like symptoms could still be carriers of the virus. Please protect others, especially those who are at a higher risk of severe complications from the disease; elderly, those with underlying health conditions, those who have limited access to resources and care, and many others as we're learning more about the disease. 

Please do the following and encourage others to do the same:

  • Avoid close contact - Put distance between yourself and other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water and avoid touching your face.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.


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