Ottawa County's COVID-19 Response Updates - June 2, 2020


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Ottawa County Updates I June 2

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

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Since our last bulletin update, we regretfully report additional COVID-19 deaths. Two males in their 80s, a female in her 70s and a female in her 80s. All had underlying health conditions. Our thoughts go out to their family during this difficult time.

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Sources: Michigan Disease Surveillance System, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Census Bureau, 2018 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates


Free COVID-19 Testing in Ottawa County this Weekend

The state approved a community COVID-19 testing event for Ottawa County. It is FREE and for ANYONE who wants to come. NO SCREENING is needed. NO doctor’s order is needed. Testing is available whether or not you have symptoms. It is primarily a drive-through site. However, people can also do walk-up if they bike or walk in or if organizations want to bring groups in by van or bus.


West Ottawa High School Campus – entrance off Butternut Drive


Saturday, June 6 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 AM & Sunday, June 7 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM


This event helps public health officials identify COVID-19 infection in our community, isolate positive cases and find close contacts for follow-up monitoring. Some people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms and don’t know they have it. They can continue spreading the virus and can cause serious illness in others. This event will provide testing for them and many others. People who live in the 49424 ZIP code and those of Hispanic/Latinx ethnicity are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in Ottawa County. The location of this testing site was selected to facilitate testing for those two groups so we may detect and protect.

The National Guard will do the testing. Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and Ottawa County employees will provide support functions (instructions, forms, traffic control, data entry, etc.)

Governor Whitmer Rescinds Safer at Home Order, Moves Michigan to Phase Four of the MI Safe Start Plan 

Retailers, restaurants will be permitted to open with capacity limits, social distancing 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding her Safer at Home order and moving the entire state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan. The governor’s order will allow retailers to reopen on June 4 and restaurants to reopen on June 8, both subject to capacity limits. Day camps for children will likewise be permitted to open on June 8. Effective immediately, groups of 100 or less will be allowed gather outdoors with social distancing. Office work that is not capable of being performed remotely can resume. And in-home services, including house cleaning services, can resume operations. 

"The data has shown that we are ready to carefully move our state into the next phase of the MI Safe Start Plan, but we owe it to our brave frontline heroes to get this right,” said Governor Whitmer. “While Michiganders are no longer required to stay home, we must all continue to be smart and practice social distancing, and encourage those who meet the criteria to get tested for COVID-19. If we all do our part, our goal is to announce a shift to phase five for the entire state prior to the fourth of July. Stay smart, stay safe, and let’s all do our part.”   

Michiganders must continue to wear facial coverings when in enclosed public spaces and should continue to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones, and the community. And they should continue to work from home to the maximum extent possible. 

“The governor and I, along with a team of experts, have determined that our state is ready to move into the next phase of the MI Safe Start Plan. Hospitalization numbers are down, our frontline workers have PPE to last them several weeks, and the number of positive cases and deaths are declining,” said MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “We will continue to monitor the data and work closely with local health departments to ensure Michiganders practice safe social distancing. On behalf of our health care professionals and first responders on the front lines, we must all be smart and be safe.”

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Note from the Ottawa County Food Safety Team

Not all restaurants may choose to open on June 8. All restaurants will be required to complete a COVID-19 Reopening Plan before reopening. The specific requirements for restaurants will be communicated by OCDPH to their licensed establishments via email and will be available on our website. Facilities that may not open at this time include theaters, cinemas, performance venues, bowling alleys, indoor recreation facilities, arcades and other recreation or entertainment facilities. Licensed food establishments should contact their inspector with any questions.

Campgrounds Re-opening


Ottawa County outdoor campgrounds can now open but they need a plan in place for increased cleaning of common areas and explore as many ways as they can to physical distance (such as remote check-in procedures if possible). For more information, please contact the campground you are interested in attending.


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PMBC is offering a free procurement program to assist businesses in accessing non-medical grade Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to keep their employees and customers safe as they begin resuming in-person operations, as is required by Executive Order 2020-91. FAQs


Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Update
EO 2020-110

A number of sections in EO 2020-110, announced on June 1, are specifically relevant to parks and park users. Please see below for a list of updates and re-opening dates of park amenities. We appreciate your patience as we work through these changes:

  • The Grand Ravines Dog Park has re-opened today, June 2. 
  • Drinking fountains are currently undergoing required, annual Ottawa County Department of Public Health water testing and will be turned on as soon as possible.
  • Playgrounds are currently being re-opened; they should all be opened by June 3.
  • Kirk Park Dog Beach will reopen soon however there will likely be new limitations due to the high water and eroded access to the south side of the beach. More information to follow.  Sign up here to receive email alerts related to the Kirk Park Dog Beach. 
  • Ottawa Beach Marina is tentatively planned to re-open to transient boaters on June 5. Reservations will be able to be made online
  • New outdoor shelter reservations will resume July 1.
  • Reservation facilities with indoor spaces remain closed and we are not accepting new reservations at this time. More information to follow. 
  • Summer Camps will likely resume in July. More information about programs and summer camps to follow. Sign up to receive email alerts for seasonal programs or summer camps

For questions related to a previously cancelled reservation or summer camp, email Be sure to include relevant information in your inquiry.  

Park visitors should continue to maintain appropriate social distancing while outdoors.  Thank you!

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How to use your Bridge or Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Card at participating Farmers Markets and get Double Up Food Bucks Tokens: See the Double Up Food Bucks Flyer.



Governor Whitmer's Updates on the State’s Response


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Food and Ag Industry Continues to Donate to
Michigan’s Food Banks
Michigan potatoes, beans, dairy products and other foods headed to families in need across the state 

Michigan potatoes, dry beans, dairy products and more are headed to struggling families across the state, thanks to the continued generosity of our state’s food and agriculture businesses. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today recognized several Michigan food and agriculture businesses for their donations to the Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM) and other non-profits as part of the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Initiative launched earlier this month. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has partnered with the Governor’s Office and the FBCM seeking donations of food and funds as part of the initiative. 


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