Ottawa County's COVID-19 Response Updates - June 23, 2020


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Ottawa County Updates I June 23

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Good News - No new deaths since June 12, 2020!


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


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Help Our Community Avoid a Spike in COVID-19 Cases!

As more and more places are reopening and restrictions are being lifted on gatherings, please keep in mind we are still in the COVID-19 pandemic. We don't want to lose the progress we've been making! We know the virus spreads much easier when people congregate, especially when the health and safety guidelines are not being followed.

Positive COVID-19 cases have increased across the country where restrictions have been lifted, as seen in FloridaArizona and California. Increases in cases are likely a combination of different factors, of which, following health and safety guidelines is a very important one. Click here and select a state to view its data and increased positivity rates. 

America Is Reopening. But have we flattened the curve?

Click here to see New Case Trends in all 50 States Johns Hopkins University


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Cloth face coverings are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public settings.

However, we know wearing one may be difficult for some people. Please be courteous to others who may have trouble wearing a face cloth covering.

  • Who should NOT use cloth face coverings: children under age 2, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
  • Cloth face coverings are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Surgical masks and N-95 respirators must be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended in CDC guidance.

Wear your Face Covering Correctly

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily

Use the Face Covering to Protect Others

  • Wear a face covering to help protect others in case you’re infected but don’t have symptoms
  • Keep the covering on your face the entire time you’re in public
  • Don’t put the covering around your neck or up on your forehead
  • Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands

Take Off Your Cloth Face Covering Carefully, When You’re Home

  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties
  • Fold outside corners together
  • Place covering in the washing machine (learn more about how to wash cloth face coverings)
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.



Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing Site in Holland

InterCare is now offering drive-thru testing in Ottawa County at 285 James St, Holland, MI 49424 on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-2pm (hours subject to change). No appointment necessary. Call (855) 869-6900 for more information about InterCare's COVID-19 testing or visit

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Welcome to summer!

Many people may seek to relax and dine outdoors in the coming months. The risk of transmitting COVID-19 may be less when dining outdoors with physical distancing practices. Under the executive order, restaurants will still maintain the six-foot distance with outdoor seating as well as indoor seating. For more information from the CDC about deciding to go out, click here.

Stay safe, stay healthy- see you outdoors!


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FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem

[6/19/2020] FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA has identified the following products manufactured by Eskbiochem: READ MORE.

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On June 15, the SBA announced that it was again opening up its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grant and loan program. Eligible businesses can receive up to a $10,000 grant that does not have to be repaid. Visit the West Coast Chamber's Coronavirus Business Toolkit for details and a link to apply.


Governor Whitmer's June 17, 2020 Press Briefing



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Whitmer Announces Next Steps for School Reopening in the Fall 

The governor will release a “Return to School Roadmap” with guidance for educators on June 30th  

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan schools may resume in-person learning in phase 4 of the MI Safe Start plan, with strict safety measures in place. The governor also announced that on June 30th, she will release an executive order and a robust document called “Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap” that will provide details on what will be required and what will be recommended for schools. The governor also highlighted the need for support and flexibility from the federal government to help ensure resources for students and educators. 


Governor Whitmer Extends State of Emergency to Continue Protecting the Health and Safety of Michiganders 

Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-127, which extends the state of emergency declaration related to the COVID-19 pandemic until July 16. In doing so, Governor Whitmer joins nearly every state in the country in maintaining a state of emergency to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. This executive order will allow her to continue taking action to protect Michigan families and workers. 


Governor Whitmer Extends Executive Order Permitting Early Refills for up to 90-days’ Supply of Pharmaceuticals, Relaxing Regulatory Limitations on Pharmacy Operation  

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-124 extending her previous order which gives pharmacists increased operational capacity and expands access to prescriptions for Michiganders who need them. 


State of Michigan Launches Online Map of Free Wi-Fi Hotspots  to Help Residents Lacking Access to Broadband Internet 

The State of Michigan, in partnership with the Connected Nation Michigan, released a statewide Wi-Fi hotspot map to assist residents who currently lack internet access at home. The COVID-19 pandemic and transition to remote and distance learning has only increased the need for residents and students to have easy access to broadband services. The Wi-Fi mapping effort, spearheaded by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and Connected Nation Michigan, along with the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) and the Michigan Department of Education, is an interim step amid the coronavirus pandemic to spotlight publicly available broadband hotspots for households without internet access.   


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