Ottawa County's COVID-19 Response Updates - August 18, 2020


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Ottawa County Updates I August 18, 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 11, we are sad to report three additional deaths; a male in his 90s, a female in her 70s and a female in her 80s. All decedents had underlying health conditions. Our thoughts go out to their friends and family during this 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

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Other Community COVID-19 Testing Events

**Please note the Hudsonville location change.**
The community testing events are for those 18 years of age and older at no cost, with or without symptoms and with or without known COVID-19 exposure.


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COVID-19 Testing Sites throughout Michigan



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Pre-symptomatic and Asymptomatic - What's the difference?

pre-symptomatic case of COVID-19 is an individual infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the new coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease) who has not exhibited symptoms at the time of testing, but who later exhibits symptoms during the course of the infection. 

An asymptomatic case is an individual infected with SARS-CoV-2 who does not exhibit symptoms during the course of infection.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


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During the COVID-19 pandemic, multi-generational families are concerned about increased risk to the whole family, including older adults. While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect your family and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Develop a plan as a family to protect household members who are at increased risk for severe illness.
  • Everyone in the family, especially older adults and others at increased risk of severe illness, should take steps to protect themselves from getting COVID-19. 
  • Learn about the other factors that can increase your risk for severe illness, such as having underlying medical conditions. By understanding the factors that put you at an increased risk, you can make decisions about what kind of precautions to take in your daily life. 


COVID-19 Associated Hospitalization Related to Underlying Medical Conditions

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FDA expands hand sanitizer warnings to include 1-propanol contamination 

UPDATED 08/12/2020 - FDA is warning consumers and health care professionals about certain hand sanitizer products, including those manufactured by Harmonic Nature S de RL de MI in Mexico, that are labeled to contain ethanol or isopropyl alcohol but have tested positive for 1-propanol contamination. 1-propanol, not to be confused with 2-propanol/isopropanol/isopropyl alcohol, is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizer products marketed in the United States and can be toxic and life-threatening when ingested. The agency urges consumers not to use these 1-propanol-contaminated products and has expanded its do-not-use list of hand sanitizers at to include hand sanitizers that are or may be contaminated with 1-propanol, in addition to other hand sanitizers the agency is urging consumers not to use.


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

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

Wednesday, August 19th at 2:00 PM

Tomorrow, Governor Gretchen Whitmer 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.    

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Michigan National Guard to Assist with No-Cost Community COVID-19 Testing in Mackinac and Ottawa Counties

August 18, 2020 - The Michigan National Guard (MING) will continue its partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and local health departments to offer COVID-19 testing this week in the communities of Holland and Mackinac Island.

Testing will be held Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Holland Middle School, 373 E. 24th Street, Holland, from 8 a.m. to noon and at the Mackinac Island Community Center, 7374 Market Street, Mackinac Island, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The Michigan National Guard has more than 20 trained testing teams ready to assist with community COVID-19 testing initiatives. These three-member teams include a certified medic to conduct the testing and two members to assist with paperwork, logistics, and non-medical tasks. All team members from the Michigan National Guard have tested negative for COVID-19 and have been following strict medical protocols to ensure health and safety and to protect Michigan communities. 


Grant funds still available for farms, agricultural processors to help support COVID-19 safety efforts

August 18, 2020 - Applications for grant funds are still available through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant and the MEDC Small Farm Safety Grant programs for farmers and agricultural processors throughout the state. In tandem, the grant programs aim to help both large and small Michigan farms, as well as agricultural processors, mitigate the risks of COVID-19 across the state’s food production industry.


Whitmer Administration Applies for Federal Funding to Provide an Additional $300 Per Week to Unemployed Michiganders 

Governor reiterates calls on the president, Congress to work together on a longer-term recovery package to bolster unemployment benefits  

August 18, 2020 - The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) submitted an application to the United States Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for funding that would provide an additional $300 per week payment to Michiganders receiving unemployment benefits.  


Emergency Order Requiring Testing of Agricultural and Food Processing Employees Remains in Effect

August 17, 2020 - Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon applauded a recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan regarding a lawsuit challenging the department's order requiring testing to protect farm and food processing employees from COVID-19. The court denied a temporary restraining order regarding the department’s Emergency Order. 


Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Requiring COVID-19 Testing in Prisons and Jails to Keep Vulnerable Populations and Communities Safe 

August 15, 2020 - Governor Whitmer signed a revised executive order on jails and prisons that requires adoption of testing protocols for Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) facilities, and requires that jails adopt comparable protocols in order to transfer prisons to state facilities. Under Executive Order 2020-170, MDOC must conduct testing at entry, transfer, and release of any prisoner, and suspends transfers from jails that do not adopt comparable protocols. Jails that have already resume transfers to MDOC under a prior version of the order have until September 8th to comply. The state will provide support for jails testing through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 


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

Friday, August 14, 2020



Gov. Whitmer announces MI Mask Aid: 4 million free masks to protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19  

MDHHS, Ford Motor Company, FEMA partner in keep Michigan safe

August 14, 2020 - Four million free masks are being provided to Michigan residents who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 through a partnership involving the state, Ford Motor Company and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today. Low-income residents, seniors, schools and homeless shelters will benefit from the MI Mask Aid partnership that is part of the Mask Up Michigan campaign.


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Michigan families urged to embrace “power to protect” in recognition of National Immunization Awareness Month

August 14, 2020 - Vaccines are proven to protect people from serious diseases at every age. During National Immunization Awareness Month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) urges you to talk to your health care provider to ensure you and your family are up-to-date on all recommended vaccines. National Immunization Awareness Month is observed throughout the month of August and highlights the importance of getting all recommended vaccines throughout your life.

Maintaining routine vaccination is critical during the COVID-19 pandemic. On-time vaccinations protect individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks, and can help reduce the burden on the health care system. This allows Michigan to conserve medical resources in case they are needed to care for people with COVID-19.


Funding Still Available for Small Farms, Agricultural and Food Processors

Funding is still available for farms and agricultural processors with employees of 10 or more through the Michigan Agricultural Safety Grants program, as well as for small farms with fewer than 10 employees through the MEDC Small Farm Safety Grant program. These funds can also help support costs associated with the MDHHS Emergency Order issued last week, requiring COVID-19 testing for agricultural and food processing employees throughout the state. Learn more about the eligibility guidelines for each program at

State Launches College Town COVID-19 Workplace Safety Program

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. The information presented in the webinars will help businesses that serve college students understand the most up-to-date rules and protocols they need to protect their patrons, employees and communities this fall. Webinars are scheduled from Aug. 11-21 and local businesses are encouraged to join on the date that coincides with their area.


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