Ottawa County's COVID-19 Response Updates - September 1, 2020


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Ottawa County Updates I September 1, 2020

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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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Labor Day Gatherings

Enjoy your holiday weekend by safely hosting small gatherings and cook-outs.

  • Ask guests to stay home if they are sick or if they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Keep gatherings small (less than 10 people) and practice physical distancing. If possible, gather outdoors.
  • Wear masks.
  • Clean hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available. 
  • Limit the number of people handling or serving food.
  • Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items.


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CDC Study Finds Sudden, Serious Cardiac Events Common in Adults Hospitalized with Flu

August 25, 2020 – A CDC study published looked at more than 80,000 U.S. adults hospitalized with flu over eight flu seasons (2010-11 through 2017-18) found that sudden, serious heart complications were common and occurred in one out of every eight patients (~12% of patients). The study looked at a range of sudden heart complications called “acute cardiac events” that resulted in the following:

  • damage to the heart muscle,
  • inflammation of the heart muscle,
  • fluid or inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart, or
  • weakening of the pumping function of the heart.


Don't complicate the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Protect yourself from flu - Get your flu shot!

COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share many symptoms, but there are some key differences between the two. For example, COVID-19 can cause fever, which is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies. Learn more about the differences in COVID-19 and seasonal allergies, and ways to protect your health.



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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Technology helps families resolve parenting time disputes online

August 27, 2020 - Families in Ottawa County can now resolve parenting time matters outside of the courtroom, thanks to new technology through Friend of the Court. Online Dispute Resolution enables parents to access their caseworkers at the 20th Circuit Court Friend of the Court office using their smartphone, tablet or computer. The Online Dispute Resolution platform can be viewed at


For more information about the Ottawa County Friend of the Court, visit

COVID-19 underscores importance of farmland preservation

August 26, 2020 - Few would argue agriculture is an easy profession. When Mother Nature or the market throws a curveball, farming industry professionals stand ready. But when COVID-19 arrived in Michigan, it hit our agriculture sector hard by disrupting supply chains. Fresh milk was dumped; meat processing plants were closed; access to vital migrant work became uncertain. Some Ottawa County farmers felt the crisis in their pocketbooks immediately and had to quickly adjust.



Wednesday, September 2, 2020 @ 2:30 PM

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

Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Governor 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. They will be joined by a Michigan business leader to announce a significant investment in Michigan's economy to help support small businesses and build communities in our state.

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Task Force Presents Recommendations to Further Protect Nursing Home Residents to Governor Whitmer

September 1, 2020 - To help protect the health and safety of Michigan’s nursing home residents and staff, the Michigan Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force, appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, presented its final recommendations on Monday, Aug. 31.


Governor Whitmer Maintains Protections for Congregate Care Residents and Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

August 28, 2020 - Governor Gretchen Whitmer continued to protect Michigan’s most vulnerable populations, including those in nursing homes and congregate care facilities, by signing Executive Order 2020-174. The governor’s order continues the limited and temporary restrictions on the entry of individuals into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities previously imposed by Executive Order 2020-156The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) remains empowered to specify exceptions to these restrictions, and should carefully consider the recommendations of the upcoming Nursing Home Task Force report in doing so. 


Governor Whitmer: Michiganders Must Work Together to Defeat COVID-19 as State Reaches 100,000 Cases 

August 28, 2020 - Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement after the State of Michigan recorded it’s 100,000th confirmed case of COVID-19: 

This virus demands to be taken seriously. Youth will not protect you from this virus. This virus will not go away when we get tired of it. We must continue to fight back against COVID-19. That means wearing a mask, practicing safe physical distancing, and doing everything in your power to protect you and your loved ones. And as we approach the 2020-2021 flu season, make sure you get your flu vaccine. Stay smart, and stay safe. Michiganders are tough. We will get through this together.” 


MDHHS Announces $25 million for Personal Protective Equipment to Keep Frontline Workers and Patients Safe from COVID-19 

August 28, 2020 - A $25 million grant program for personal protective equipment (PPE) will allow medical facilities and other providers to keep their staff and patients safe, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced. The grant will assist facilities facing increased costs for PPE as they provide critical services to Michiganders during the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant program is funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 


Governor Whitmer Maintains Protections for Michigan Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Governor’s order ensures protections for workers who stay home when they’re sick, clarifies principal symptoms 

August 27, 2020 - Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-172which 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. The order, protecting employees who stay home when sick from retaliation, comes at a critical time when unemployed and underemployed workers face uncertainty after the Trump Administration allowed the $600 pandemic unemployment benefit to expireThe governor’s order clarifies when a worker has the principal symptoms of COVID-19 so that workers who have a known medical or physical condition causing their symptoms need not stay home.  


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August 31, 2020 - Many COVID-19 infections among healthcare workers appear to go undetected, likely because many people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms. Read the new MMWR to learn more about steps hospitals can take to slow the spread of COVID-19.




NIH-supported study to track prevalence and impact of SARS-CoV-2 among pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries

September 1, 2020 - The National Institutes of Health has launched a study to track the prevalence and impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection among approximately 16,000 pregnant women in seven low- and middle-income countries. The study will follow women through pregnancy and 12 months after childbirth to compare maternal, fetal and newborn outcomes of participants who have been infected with the virus to those of pregnant women who have not been infected.


Study Ties COVID-19-Related Syndrome in Kids to Altered Immune System

September 1, 2020 - Most children infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, develop only a mild illness. But, days or weeks later, a small percentage of kids go on to develop a puzzling syndrome known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). This severe inflammation of organs and tissues can affect the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, and eyes. Thankfully, most kids with MIS-C respond to treatment and make rapid recoveries. But, tragically, MIS-C can sometimes be fatal.


Phase 3 Clinical Testing in the US of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Begins

August 31, 2020 - A multi-site, Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating an investigational COVID-19 vaccine known as AZD1222 has begun. The trial will enroll approximately 30,000 adult volunteers at 80 sites in the United States to evaluate if the candidate vaccine can prevent symptomatic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

The Phase 3 trial is being implemented as part of Operation Warp Speed, a multi-agency collaboration led by HHS that aims to accelerate the development, manufacturing and distribution of medical countermeasures for COVID-19.