Ottawa County's COVID-19 Response Updates - August 11, 2020


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Ottawa County Updates I August 11, 2020

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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 update on August 4, we are sad to report two additional deaths; both males were in their 80s with underlying health conditions. Our thoughts go out to their friends and family during this difficult time.

What's the difference between total cases and total positive tests?

The positive test count (2,568) reflects all tests with a positive result. Counts may differ from total cases (1,860) if individuals test positive more than once or get referred to a different jurisdiction. Some positive cases have been tested numerous times, and often those repeated tests come back positive. Because the Ottawa County testing data is based on individual tests, not individual people, the number of positive tests is larger than the number of positive people or total cases


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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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Where can I get tested for COVID-19?


All COVID-19 Testing Sites in Ottawa County  I  Spanish

COVID-19 Testing Sites throughout Michigan


Ottawa County Department of Public Health Working with Schools

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Ottawa County Return to School Toolkit

Michigan Safe School Roadmap

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

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

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Ottawa County Parks & Recreation at the Fillmore Complex

New Public Office Hours

The Parks & Recreation Administrative Office at the Fillmore Complex (12220 Fillmore St, West Olive, Rm 267) will be open to the public every Monday and Thursday between the hours of 10 am-2 pm and by appointment. For an appointment, please email staff at

These hours do not reflect the entire building, only the Parks & Recreation Department. The Nature Center remains closed.

New Phone Hours

  • Administrative staff are available by phone Monday-Friday from 9 am-4:30 pm by calling (616) 738-4810.
  • While the Nature Center is closed, Nature Center staff can be reached by phone Monday-Friday from 9 am-4:30 pm at (616) 786-4847 

Most services Ottawa County Parks & Recreation provides can be completed online, including facility reservations and program registration (with the exception of cash facility reservations and program registration which must be made in person at the administrative office).



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Lakeshore Advantage Receives 887 Restart Grant Applications

Review committee will process applications, awardees to be announced by Sept 20

Lakeshore Advantage received 887 Michigan Small Business Restart Grant applications from Allegan and Ottawa County businesses and nonprofits competing for $3.5 million in available funding. Thirty percent of the awards will go to women, minority, and veteran-owned businesses. A review committee of local business and nonprofit leaders has been established to review these applications with awardees receiving grants of up to $20,000 each.



Governor Whitmer Extends Protections for Nursing Home Residents and Staff, Grocery Store Workers  

August 10, 2020 - The governor continued to protect Michigan’s frontline workers in grocery storespharmacies and long-term care facilities by signing Executive Orders 2020-168 and 2020-169The governor’s orders extend existing safety measures, including 2 hours a week of reserved shopping time for vulnerable populations, to protect consumers and employees at grocery stores and pharmacies.   


Governor Whitmer Takes Action to Protect Michigan Workers After the Federal Government Allowed Unemployment Benefits to Lapse 

Governor’s order ensures protections for workers who stay home when they’re sick 

August 7, 2020 - Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-166 to reinstate protections for Michigan workers as the state continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemicThe governor signed this order after the federal government allowed federal pandemic unemployment assistance for Americans who have lost work as a result of this virus to lapse at the end of July, putting pressure on more people to return to work, even if they’re sickUnder the Executive Order, the governor prohibits employers from discharging, disciplining, or retaliating against employees who make the responsible choice to stay home when they or their close contacts are sick.  


Governor Whitmer Extends Declaration of Emergency As Michigan Continues to Fight COVID-19 

Governor remains committed to keeping Michiganders safe and saving lives 

August 7, 2020 - As Michiganders across the state continue working to protect themselves and their families from the spread of COVID-19, Governor Gretchen Whitmer today took swift action by signing a new executive order to save lives. Executive Order 2020-165 extends the governor’s emergency and disaster declaration until September 4, 2020 at 11:59pm. 


State launches college town COVID-19 Workplace Safety Program

LEO is hosting a series of webinars to help college town retail, bars, restaurants and other businesses protect employees and customers from COVID-19 

August 7, 2020 - In an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19 as students return to Michigan college and university communities, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) will host a series of webinars for retail, bars, restaurants and other businesses in seven Michigan college towns.

Michigan COVID-19 Workplace Safety Director Sean Egan will present the latest information and answer questions on operations and compliance. Local businesses are encouraged to join on the date that coincides with their area:

Thursday 8/13 2:30-3:30PM Grand Rapids/Allendale – Join Here


Additional food assistance for 350,000 Michigan families in response to COVID-19 extended through August

August 7, 2020 - Approximately 350,000 Michigan families will continue to have access to additional food assistance benefits during August as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced. Michigan previously approved the additional food assistance for March through July – and now that is being extended for the month of August with approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.


AG Nessel Shifts Focus to Long-term Care Facilities Violating Executive Orders

August 6, 2020 - To make sure long-term care facilities are operating within the requirements of law during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office is ramping up efforts to enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order that provides rules and procedures those facilities must follow to protect the health of their employees and residents. 

Executive Order 2020-148 outlines protections for residents at long-term care facilities, like barring their evictions for nonpayment, and lists several requirements those institutions must follow to safeguard the health and safety of their residents and employees. There are more than 4,900 long-term care facilities across the state impacted by Executive Order 2020-148. Long-term care facilities include nursing homes, homes for the aged, adult foster care facilities and assisted living facilities. 


Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Requiring Masks at Child-Care Centers and Camps 

August 6, 2020 - Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-164 which requires face coverings to be worn in all child-care centers and camps. Michigan has seen COVID-19 outbreaks at these locationsadding to the mounting evidence that children can contract and spread the virus. By requiring face coverings, child-care centers and camps can remain open while keeping children and staff members safe. 



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

August 5, 2020 - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun provided an update regarding the state’s response efforts to COVID-19. 

Governor Gretchen took action to elevate Black voices in state government, signing Executive Order 2020-163, which creates the Black Leadership Advisory Council. The governor also signed Executive Directive 2020-9, recognizing racism as a public health crisis and taking initial steps to address it within state government. Under the Executive Directive, the governor asked MDHHS to make health equity a major goal, as well as required implicit bias training for all state employees. 


Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Directive Recognizing and Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis, Creates the Black Leadership Advisory Council 

MDHHS also announced their Equity Impact Assessment Process  

August 5, 2020 - Governor Gretchen took action to elevate Black voices in state government, signing Executive Order 2020-163, which creates the Black Leadership Advisory Council. The governor also signed Executive Directive 2020-9, recognizing racism as a public health crisis and taking initial steps to address it within state government. Under the Executive Directive, the governor asked MDHHS to make health equity a major goal, as well as required implicit bias training for all state employees.   


Governor Whitmer Amends MSafe Start Order to Limit Indoor Gatherings, Save Lives 

Statewide, bars are closed for indoor service and indoor gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 people  

July 29, 2020 -Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-160 and Executive Order 2020-161, amending Michigan’s Safe Start Order and issuing revised workplace safeguards. Under the Safe Start Order, starting July 31, 2020, statewide indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people and bars will be closed for indoor service across the state, including in Regions 6 and 8.   


Department of Health and Human Services: New website materials


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This table and map* attempt to summarize Governor Whitmer's executive orders related to COVID-19. The executive order should always be reviewed, and in the event of a conflict between the order and this table, the order controls.



*This is the MI Safe Start Plan's regions and phases map.
To view the MI risk level map, click here.

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Addressing the Twin Challenges of Substance Use Disorders and COVID-19

August 11, 2020 - The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is having a wide range of negative impacts on people affected by a variety of health conditions. Among the hardest hit are individuals struggling with substance use disorders, with recent data indicating that suspected drug-related overdoses and deaths are on the rise across the United States.


Clinical trials of monoclonal antibodies to prevent COVID-19 now enrolling

August 10, 2020 - Two Phase 3, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trials testing whether experimental monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) can prevent infection by SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are now enrolling healthy adults at clinical trial sites in the United States.


NIH clinical trial testing remdesivir plus interferon beta-1a for COVID-19 treatment begins

August 6, 2020 - A randomized, controlled clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of a treatment regimen consisting of the antiviral remdesivir plus the immunomodulator interferon beta-1a in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has begun. The study is anticipated to enroll more than 1,000 hospitalized adults with COVID-19.


NIH harnesses AI for COVID-19 diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring

August 5, 2020 - Collaborative network to enlist medical imaging and clinical data sciences to reveal unique features of COVID-19. The National Institutes of Health has launched the Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center (MIDRC), an ambitious effort that will harness the power of artificial intelligence and medical imaging to fight COVID-19. The multi-institutional collaboration, led by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of NIH, will create new tools that physicians can use for early detection and personalized therapies for COVID-19 patients.


NIH-Moderna investigational COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in mouse studies

Vaccine currently being evaluated in Phase 3 clinical testing

August 5, 2020 - The investigational vaccine known as mRNA-1273 protected mice from infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to research published today in Nature.