Ottawa County's COVID-19 Response Updates - August 4, 2020


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Ottawa County Updates I August 4, 2020

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

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*We released an enhanced version of our COVID-19 dashboard. This new version improves mobile compatibility and helps with loading speed on desktops and mobile devices. Please use this new link to view all data.*


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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


Click the map image and use the bottom scrolls to view case counts by ZIP code.


Click the graph image and use the bottom scrolls to view All Cases & Deaths by Age Group.


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What happens if someone has COVID-19 or has been exposed to it?

To break the chain of infection and continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, we’re calling anyone who has been exposed to coronavirus. The process is contact tracing and it's been used to control diseases for decades. But we need you to answer the phone for it to work. The goal is to reach people who have spent more than 15 minutes within six feet of an infected person and see how they're doing. We ask them to quarantine at home voluntarily for two weeks even if they test negative and to monitor themselves for symptoms during that time.

Not sure about contact tracing?

Some people may

  • Feel like they're a tattletale for providing their contacts.
    By providing the names and contact information of people who may have been exposed to you and COVID-19, you're actually helping by alerting those close contacts that they may be a carrier of the virus. This gives people a chance to make informed decisions about their health. 

  • Not trust the health department.
    The health department does not disclose the name of the person with COVID-19 when alerting close contacts. This is confidential information. We work very hard at connecting with our community so together we can assure conditions that promote and protect health. Our vision is healthy people and our core values are equity, integrity and excellence.

  • Not understand the contact tracing process.
    If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, we will call you to check-in on your health, see how you're doing, discuss who you’ve been in contact with, ask you to stay at home to self-isolate and see if you need any community resources or help.

  • Be afraid of having to make others quarantine.
    Time is of the essence. We all need to work together to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing and self-quarantining of people with COVID-19 and close contacts are critical to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Be a part of the solution.

    Because contacts have been exposed, they could become infected and spread the virus to others before they know they are sick. Therefore, it is important they are aware of their risk, can quarantine themselves and monitor for possible symptoms to slow the spread.




NxGen MDx facilitating pop-up COVID-19 testing in Holland

In a partnership with the Ottawa County Department of Public Health and Holland Hospital, NxGen MDx will be offering drive-up testing for COVID-19.



SpartanNash pharmacies to offer free COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 tests are self-administered by customers using the drive-thru at participating Family Fare and D&W Fresh Market pharmacies, following CDC guidelines for testing criteria. SpartanNash pharmacists guide customers through the self-administered nasal swab, and results are shared within three to five days.

Participating pharmacies are located at:

• D&W Fresh Market – 2022 Apple Orchard Ave. in Grand Rapids
• Family Fare – 6370 Lake Michigan Drive in Allendale
• Family Fare – 2245 84th St. SW in Byron Center
• Family Fare – 2900 Burlingame Ave. SW in Wyoming
• Family Fare – 993 Butternut Dr. in Holland


All Testing Sites in Ottawa County

Testing Sites Throughout Michigan


Child Vaccines & COVID-19

While families followed public health warnings about going out, an unfortunate result was many missed routine vaccinations. 

A CDC report released in May 2020 found a troubling drop in routine childhood vaccinations as a result of families staying at home. While families followed public health warnings about going out, an unfortunate result was many missed routine vaccinations. CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend every child continues to receive routine vaccinations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Children need to be protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. Well-child visits and vaccinations are essential services and help make sure children are protected. Children who are not protected by vaccines may be more likely to get diseases like measles and whooping cough.


Call your doctor right away and beat the back-to-school rush! Kids need vaccines - Keep kids safe and healthy! For additional questions, call 616-396-5266.

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FDA’s urges consumers not use certain hand sanitizer products

The following chart outlines the information on hand sanitizer labels for consumers to use to identify a product that:

  • Has been tested by FDA and found to contain methanol.
  • Is labeled to contain methanol (or wood alcohol which is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested).
  • Has been tested and is found to have microbial contamination.
  • Is being recalled by the manufacturer or distributor.
  • Is subpotent, meaning it has less than the required amount of ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol or benzalkonium chloride.
  • Is purportedly made at the same facility as products that have been tested by FDA and found to contain methanol.


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Face coverings are REQUIRED to be worn before entering any Ottawa County building.

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Superintendent Pete Haines and Dr. Kyle Mayer, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, shared Ottawa Area Intermediate School District's safe restart plans from the collaborative efforts of schools throughout our area.


Ottawa Area Intermediate School District Return2School Plan

**More information to come in the next bulletin about how the Ottawa County Department of Public Health is working with schools and what this fall will look like.**

MI Safe School Roadmap

Executive Order 2020-142: 
Provision of preK–12 education for the 2020–2021 school year


August 4th Primary Election Safety Procedures

All precincts in Ottawa County will be open from 7am to 8pm on Tuesday, August 4th, for the Primary Election. Extra precautions have been put in place to keep voters and Election Inspectors safe.




Governor Whitmer to Provide Update 
on State’s Response to COVID-19

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding the state’s response efforts to COVID-19.  

Social Media and Live Streaming:   


Deadline Approaching to Apply for Restart Grants

Small businesses and nonprofits working to recover from the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 virus still have time to apply for grants of up to $20,000 through the Michigan Small Business Restart Program. On Friday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law an amendment to the program allowing small businesses that received grants through the Michigan Small Business Relief Program to be eligible for the Michigan Small Business Restart Program grants. The combined total of both grants cannot be in excess of $20,000. Previously, businesses that had received grants through the Small Business Relief Program were ineligible to apply for Restart grants.

The deadline for Restart Grant applications is 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 5.



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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Directive Strengthening Enforcement of COVID-19 Orders to Save Lives   

Governor Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2020-08 to direct state departments and autonomous agency heads to review allocation of their resources to ensure that enforcement of COVID-19-related laws is a prioritysuch as limitations on capacity and the requirement to wear a mask when entering a Michigan business. Cases have risen over the past month—from a rolling seven-day average of about 15 cases per million on in mid-June, the low point since the peak last April, to about 50 cases per million in late July. 

Without effective enforcement, Michigan will move backwards, causing individuals, businesses, and the economy to suffer. The governor’s directive therefore requires state departments and agencies to ensure that enforcement of COVID-19-related laws receives the priority that fighting a pandemic demands. Under the directive, directors and agency heads should assign elevated priority to enforcement of COVID-19-related laws in categories of establishments where transmission is well-documented, including but not limited to nursing homes, meat processing plants, and agricultural housing. 


Governors of Maryland, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia Announce Major Bipartisan Interstate Compact For Three Million Rapid Antigen Tests

Six-State Testing Agreement Is First Of Its Kind Among Governors During COVID-19 Pandemic Expansion of Rapid Antigen Testing Is Critical As States Face Testing Shortages and Delays More States, Cities, and Local Governments May Join Compact In Coming Weeks

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced a major bipartisan interstate compact with the Rockefeller Foundation to expand the use of rapid point-of-care antigen tests to slow the spread of COVID-19 and continue safely reopening the states.


MDHHS Issues Order Requiring Testing of Agricultural and Food Processing Employees to Protect Health and Safety of Workers, Community

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon has issued an Emergency Order requiring COVID-19 testing for agricultural and food processing employees. The order makes Michigan a national leader in COVID-19 safety protections for agricultural and migrant workers, building on Executive Orders from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requiring workplace safety measures in meat and poultry processing plans and safe housing for COVID positive migrant workers.


President Trump Grants Governor Whitmer’s Request to Extend Michigan National Guard Through December 31 to Assist With COVID-19 

The president decides to only federally fund guard activities at 75%, leaving states with additional costs 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the following statement after President Trump granted her request that he authorize the use of Michigan National Guard forces for COVID-19 response through December 31, 2020. Title 32 authority, which allows Guard members to receive federal pay and benefits, was previously set to expire on August 21 due to a deadline set by the Trump Administration. 


MDHHS Issues Emergency Order Reinforcing Executive Orders 2020-160 and 2020-161 

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon issued an Emergency Order July 29 reinforcing Executive Orders 2020-160 and 2020-161 and allowing for civil fines of up to $1,000 and referral to licensing agencies for violations. The Emergency Order requires that everyone must comply with the procedures and restrictions outlined in the following Executive Orders:

  • Executive Order 2020-160, which limits statewide indoor gatherings to 10 people or less and, across most of the state, limits outdoor gatherings to 100. (The outdoor gathering limits will remain at 250 in Regions 6 and 8.) It also orders that bars in every region, including those in Regions 6 and 8, must close for indoor service if they earn more than 70 percent of their gross receipts from sales of alcoholic beverages
  • Executive Order 2020-161, which orders businesses to develop COVID-19 preparedness and response plans, designate supervisors to implement and monitor those plans, and train employees on workplace infection control and use of personal protective equipment.


Opioid overdoses surge during COVID-19 pandemic;
MDHHS promotes treatment and resources

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and emergency departments (EDs) in Michigan have both seen substantial increases in opioid overdoses since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic. These increases are a tragic reminder of the continued toll of the opioid epidemic, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) urges anyone with opioid use disorder to carry naloxone and practice other safety measures to prevent overdose deaths.


MDHHS encourages Medicaid providers to apply for federal COVID-19 relief dollars now available

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Medicaid providers that are struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for federal funds intended to assist them.


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NIH clinical trial to test antibodies and other experimental therapeutics for mild and moderate COVID-19

Initial trial to determine if monoclonal antibodies can shorten severity of COVID-19 in outpatients.

A Phase 2 clinical trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of potential new therapeutics for COVID-19, including an investigational therapeutic based on synthetic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) to treat the disease.


NIH launches clinical trial to test antibody treatment in hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Study aims to determine safety and efficacy of experimental monoclonal antibodies.

Patients admitted with COVID-19 at select hospitals may now volunteer to enroll in a clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of a potential new treatment for the disease.


NIH delivering new COVID-19 testing technologies to meet U.S. demand

The National Institutes of Health is investing $248.7 million in new technologies to address challenges associated with COVID-19 testing (which detects SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus).


Experimental COVID-19 vaccine protects upper and lower airways in nonhuman primates

Two doses of an experimental vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) induced robust immune responses and rapidly controlled the coronavirus in the upper and lower airways of rhesus macaques exposed to SARS-CoV-2, report scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19.


Phase 3 clinical trial of investigational vaccine for COVID-19 begins

Multi-site trial to test candidate developed by Moderna and NIH.

A Phase 3 clinical trial designed to evaluate if an investigational vaccine can prevent symptomatic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in adults has begun. The vaccine, known as mRNA-1273, was co-developed by the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotechnology company Moderna, Inc., and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The trial, which will be conducted at U.S. clinical research sites, is expected to enroll approximately 30,000 adult volunteers who do not have COVID-19.

People 18 years of age and older who are interested in participating in this trial can visit or and search identifier NCT04470427 for details. Please do not contact the NIAID media phone number or email to enroll in this trial.