COVID-19

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 3,300 positive test results on Saturday. Sixty of those were from Ottawa County.

“The data shows we are continuing to see alarming increases in the incidence of COVID-19 infections in Michigan, “said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “It is now more important than ever that people take this seriously. Wear a mask every time you are going to be around someone outside of your own household. Avoid large gatherings and maintain a safe distance from others. If rates continue like this, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and having many more Michiganders die.”

While the data represents the date that the information was delivered to MDHHS from reporting labs, it does represent more current trends in disease occurrence. In fact, more than 96 percent of the test results being reported Saturday originated from specimens that were collected from individuals in the past five days.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Figures from Ottawa County as of Saturday showed 4,822 total cases with 72 deaths. Four percent of the people testing positive have been hospitalized. Data shows that 3,428 people have recovered.

You may contact Becky Vargo at bvargo@grandhaventribune.com.

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