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Our goal is to be receptive, responsive and transparent.  Members of the media seeking interviews or information are encouraged to contact the Communications Manager, Shannon Felgner.

A handful of County Offices respond to media inquiries directly including:
Ottawa County Department of Public Health - Kristina Wieghmink (616) 494-5597
Ottawa County Community Mental Health - Anna Bednarek (616) 494-5545
Ottawa County Parks & Recreation - Jessica VanGinhoven (616) 994-4716
Ottawa County Road Commission - Alex Doty (616) 850-7221
Ottawa County Sheriff's Office - (616) 738-4000
If you are having trouble determining to whom you should direct your inquiry, the Communications Manager is a great place to start. 

Current Media Releases

April 9, 2021

New COVID-19 testing site opening this Saturday in Holland, and updated quarantine guidelines to 14 days

Ottawa County, along with the rest of the state, is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. Testing for COVID-19 is more important than ever to understand the scope of the virus's spread and making data-informed decisions on how to best protect our community. Spring break traveling, more contagious variants circulating and some individuals relaxing disease prevention mitigations, are more reasons to encourage people to get tested for COVID-19. If you have COVID-like symptoms and/or have been in close contact with someone infected, please get tested and self-quarantine. Contact your primary care provider for any medical needs.

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April 6, 2021

Ottawa County Preliminary Unemployment Rate for February 2021

The preliminary unemployment rates for February 2021 were released recently by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. Ottawa County’s unemployment rate has decreased from a high of 20.4% in April 2020 to 4.2% in February 2021. This is currently the fifth-lowest unemployment rate in Michigan, with rates ranging from 17.5% in Mackinac County to 3.1% in Livingston County.

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April 5, 2021

Ottawa County Clerk's Office releases audit report

The Ottawa County Clerk’s Office is releasing a report of their audit of the November 2020 General Election. In addition to reporting the outcome of the procedural audit, this report, Verifying the Vote, also breaks down the post-election audit process and highlights areas for improvement.

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April 4, 2021

Weekly Ottawa County COVID-19 Vaccine Update

During the pandemic, community members and agencies across the county have worked together diligently to help people overcome the challenges many faced, provide resources and help share public health messages. An important part of this work now is aiding in the county's vaccination efforts. Dozens of agencies meet weekly to strategize the best outreach efforts to ensure vaccines are accessible to everyone when they are eligible.

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March 29, 2021

Weekly Ottawa County COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) sent this weekly update to those who signed up for vaccine notifications or COVID-19 updates. You may also sign up to receive information about other news topics from Ottawa County Parks, Sheriff’s Office and more.

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March 29, 2021

Coming soon: Tree House at Grand Ravines

This summer, the Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission plans to commence work to add another jewel to the crown of one its most scenic and beloved parks – Grand Ravines in Georgetown Township, just south of the Grand Valley State University Allendale Campus.

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March 26, 2021

FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-related Deaths

In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was finalized, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide.

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March 25, 2021

Ottawa County adopts 'Focus on Agriculture' plan

With nearly 9,500 employed in ag-related businesses and $506 million worth of products sold annually (2017 Ag Census), Ottawa County's agricultural sector is strong. During National Agriculture Week, we recognize the great economic, cultural, and nutritional impacts farming has on Ottawa County. We also recognize our farmers face challenges.

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March 24, 2021

Ottawa County health officials to provide an update on Ottawa County's vaccination strategies and progress

Join Live on Facebook and YouTube

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March 23, 2021

New Groundwater Board to address aquifer challenges in Ottawa County

Momentum is crucial to any project. When a 2018 study by Michigan State University revealed declines in the quality and quantity of Ottawa County’s deep bedrock aquifers, County officials took immediate action by developing the Groundwater Sustainability Initiative. Now, at its meeting on March 23, 2021, the County Board of Commissioners is building on that early momentum by establishing the Ottawa County Groundwater Board. The new, 15-member advisory body will provide policy recommendations and help develop regulatory standards to protect and conserve this vital resource.

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March 22, 2021

Two more cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7. identified in Ottawa County

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) notified the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) that the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories identified the COVID-19 variant known as SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 in two additional Ottawa County residents. One of the confirmed cases is younger than 20 years of age and the other in their 20s - both had no known travel history.

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March 22, 2021

Ottawa County Preliminary Unemployment Rate for January 2021

The preliminary unemployment rates for January 2021 were released recently by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. Ottawa County’s unemployment rate has decreased from a high of 20.4% in April 2020 to 4.8% in January 2021. This is currently the third-lowest unemployment rate in Michigan, with rates ranging from 19.5% in Mackinac County to 3.8% in Livingston County.

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March 21, 2021

Weekly Ottawa County COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The last vaccine video update at Facebook and YouTube. (Please excuse the audio/visual technical issues.) Following the briefing is an interview with Shannon Felgner, Ottawa County communications manager, who shares more about the importance of government communications during the COVID-19 pandemic and other opportunities to connect with our community. The interview starts here.

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March 19, 2021

Ottawa County health officials continue to urge COVID-19 prevention as case counts and positivity rate are increasing

Health officials with the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) are seeing an increase in case counts and test positivity within Ottawa County. The uptick is also being seen regionally and at the state and national levels. Through March, the average number of new Ottawa County cases reported each day has increased from a low of about 33 to well over 55, including the 94 cases reported on March 16. The county’s positivity rate has increased from 2.9 to 5.9 percent over the last two weeks. Case rates among those aged 10-19 years are the third highest in Ottawa County and may be trending up.

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March 18, 2021

Macatawa Greenway Expansion

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission purchases key property in Macatawa Greenway.
This property makes future Macatawa Greenway Trail connectivity possible for a 4-mile stretch of the River across 824 acres of land east of I-196.

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March 16, 2021

OPEN TODAY: Ottawa County COVID-19 testing site in Coopersville

Free community testing site open in Coopersville
Tuesday, March 16 & 30 from 2 pm - 7 pm

Coopersville United Methodist Church
105 68th Ave N, Coopersville MI 49404

Testing results typically within 2 to 4 days.
Click for post-test Instructions

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March 13, 2021

Weekly Ottawa County COVID-19 Vaccine Update

This week's vaccine video update on Facebook and YouTube. Includes an interview with special guests who shared what it takes to be an epidemiologist and their important work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The interview starts here.

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March 9, 2021

Ottawa Administrator Delivers State of the County Address

Ottawa County is where you belong -- and the theme is underscored in the 2020 State of the County Address.
Ottawa County leads the state in population growth, boasts low unemployment rates despite COVID-19, flourishes with recreational opportunities and prides itself on building partnerships to enhance services and save tax dollars.
Ottawa County Administrator Al Vanderberg shared these and other Ottawa County highlights from 2020 during this afternoon's State of the County Address.

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March 6, 2021

Weekly Ottawa County COVID-19 Vaccine Update

This week's vaccine video update on Facebook and YouTube. Includes an interview with special guests who shared how the pandemic has increased the challenges for families and children with special needs. We also discussed the importance of protecting vulnerable kids by getting vaccinated when you're eligible, wearing masks and maintaining all other disease prevention measures. The interview starts here.

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March 5, 2021

Ottawa County Elections Receives National Award

The Elections Division of the Ottawa County Clerk/Register’s Office has received national recognition for their “#OttawaVotes” voter information campaign during the 2020 election cycle. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced the recipients of the 2020 Clearinghouse Awards, also known as the “Clearie” Awards, for best practices in election administration. Established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), the EAC is charged with certifying voting technology and serving as a clearinghouse for election administration information. To further this mission, the EAC launched the Clearies in 2016 to promote best practices in elections and celebrate the accomplishments of election officials.

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March 2, 2021

Ottawa County COVID-19 testing site updates: New site in Coopersville

Free community testing site now open in Coopersville
Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16 & 30 from 2 pm - 7 pm

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March 1, 2021

Results of the Ottawa County Community Health Needs Assessment to be released

Community members and stakeholders have joined forces once again to identify the current health needs in Ottawa County. This year-long study, known as the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), systematically examines the health status indicators for Ottawa County. The information was gathered through interviews of more than 1,500 people (individuals, health care professionals and community leaders) to provide a comprehensive picture of the Ottawa County community’s health and well-being. This endeavor is an opportunity for community partners to work together, dig deeper, ensure sustainability, monitor change over time, target limited resources and listen to the community.

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February 26, 2021

Weekly Ottawa County COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) sent this weekly vaccine update to those who signed up for vaccine notifications or COVID-19 updates. If you already received your vaccine and do not want to be on the notification list, please unsubscribe here. If you no longer want to receive COVID-19 updates, please unsubscribe at the bottom of this email.

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February 23, 2021

Centennial Farm in Blendon Twp permanently protected

WEST OLIVE — Passed down from one generation to the next, family heirlooms are a legacy. For some, an heirloom is a bracelet or pocket watch. For others, it’s a classic car. For Carson DeHaan, it’s the family farm. “My grandson works with me on the farm,” said DeHaan. “I want to pass down these acres to him and my son when I retire.” Now, with the help of a grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), DeHaan can rest assured his land will stay a family farm.

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February 15, 2021

Ottawa County's unemployment rate increasing slightly

The preliminary unemployment rates for December 2020 were released recently by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. Ottawa County’s unemployment rate has decreased from a high of 20.9% in April to 3.7% in December. However, since November, the unemployment rate has increased statewide and in Ottawa County by 0.5 percentage points. This is currently the third-lowest unemployment rate in Michigan, with rates ranging from 12.6% in Mackinac County to 3.6% in Washtenaw County.

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February 12, 2021

Weekly Ottawa County Vaccine Update

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) sent this weekly vaccine update to those who signed up for vaccine notifications or COVID-19 updates. If you already received your vaccine and do not want to be on the notification list, please unsubscribe here. If you no longer want to receive COVID-19 updates, please unsubscribe at the bottom of this email.

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February 5, 2021

Weekly Ottawa County Vaccine Update

This week's video update on Facebook and YouTube Includes a brief vaccine update and an interview with special guests from the food safety team who shared how their program adapted to the pandemic and how they've worked with food establishments. The interview starts here

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February 5, 2021

Ottawa County COVID-19 morning vaccine appointments rescheduled

Due to weather the morning appointments for today’s second dose COVID-19 clinic at the GVSU Holland Campus (8:30am – 12:30pm) are being rescheduled to Wednesday, February 10 (same time and location). At this time, the appointments scheduled from 1pm – 4pm are unchanged. If weather and road conditions continue to worsen, the afternoon appointments may also be rescheduled. More information to come if afternoon appointments change.

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February 2, 2021

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission welcomes new member, Kate Harmon

Kate Harmon has lived in Ottawa County for over fifteen years while working at Grand Valley State University. Currently serving as the Director of Recreation and Wellness, Harmon’s role includes program evaluation and assessment, budgeting and financial oversight, strategic planning and project management, and facility oversight and risk mitigation. She has over twelve years of experience overseeing recreation facilities and has also served on a Master Planning committee for the Allendale campus. Her work experience prior to GVSU included fitness and wellness promotion, personal training, group fitness instruction, and coaching soccer at youth and collegiate levels.

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February 1, 2021

In-person Dining Opens Today: Dining During COVID-19 Guidelines

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health is excited to partner with restaurants as they open for in-person dining beginning today. As your restaurant opens, please remember the following requirements from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Epidemic Order.
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January 29, 2021

Nature Center at Hemlock Crossing to open Friday

The Ottawa County Nature Center located at Hemlock Crossing County Park will open for the first time since March this weekend for snowshoe rental. The Pigeon Creek Park Lodge will also be open for cross-country ski and snowshoe rental through the weekend.

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January 27, 2021

Ottawa County Vaccine Update

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) received 975 Pfizer vaccines for first doses and 975 Pfizer vaccines for second doses this week. People aged 75 and older were scheduled this week for one of the limited vaccine appointments available. A total of 6,683 vaccines have been administered by OCDPH from December 18, 2020 to January 22, 2021. This includes first and second doses to those who qualified.

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January 27, 2021

Join us live at 12 pm Today - January 27, 2021 from the COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Holland

Please join us today at 12 pm for the Ottawa County COVID-19 vaccine update at the Holland Vaccine Clinic. The event will run live with the saved recordings at
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January 25, 2021

New Ottawa County COVID-19 data hub to be released Tuesday, January 26

The Ottawa County COVID-19 data dashboard is getting a new look starting Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 3:30 pm. The improved COVID-19 Hub contains the same data sets as the previous dashboard but has improved loading time and access to even more data sets. Data provide situational awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic locally and statewide and are used to inform policies and decision making.

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January 22, 2021

Ottawa County Vaccine Update

COVID-19 vaccine supplies remain limited. If you are now eligible for vaccination, it does not mean vaccination is immediately available to you. The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) continues to diligently vaccinate people within Ottawa County through its active COVID-19 vaccination program. The department is following the guidelines for vaccine distribution issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The state is currently in vaccination Phase 1B, which consists of some essential workers and everyone 65 years of age and older.

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January 22, 2021

Ottawa County Commissioners Urge Governor to Open Restaurants

In a letter sent to Governor Gretchen Whitmer on January 21, the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners urged Michigan's leader to open restaurants to safe, indoor dining in advance of the planned February 1 reopening date. Roger Bergman, Chair of the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners, said in the letter, "Our restaurant industry is at the end of its rope." He also added that restaurants are "stretched to or beyond the breaking point" and "are bearing a disproportionate share of the community COVID-19 economic burden."

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January 18, 2021

Coopersville testing site open Tues, Jan 19 at 3 pm - 7:30 pm

Ottawa County Road Commission – Coopersville
475 N 68 Ave, Coopersville, MI 49404
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January 11, 2021

Grand Haven testing site open today 3pm - 7:30pm

Ottawa County Road Commission - Grand Haven
14110 Lakeshore Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417
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January 8, 2021

Registration for Additional Select Phases of COVID-19 Vaccinations Opens Today

Local health departments and health systems have received authorization from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to begin COVID19 vaccination of some people in priority phases beyond 1A starting Monday, January 11. West Michigan health departments and health systems will begin accepting registration for vaccinations today at 1 p.m. via www.vaccinatewestmi.com/register.
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January 6, 2021

Vaccine Notification - All of Phase 1A now scheduling COVID-19 vaccination. Some of Phase 1B opening on Monday, January 11

West Michigan area health departments and hospitals strongly encourage everyone in Phase 1A (see full list below) to register for and get their COVID-19 vaccine immediately. Individuals in these categories can find more registration information at VaccinateWestMI.com/register.

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January 4, 2021

Court Urges Public to Prepare for Vaccination of Incapacitated Family Members

COVID-19 vaccination is well underway in Ottawa County, with many first responders and health care workers already given their first dose. While it is unclear when other risk groups will be offered the vaccine, the Ottawa County Probate Court urges the public with family members in long-term care facilities to be prepared. Residents should ensure incapacitated relatives in nursing homes have the appropriate legal documentation in place now, in advance of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. For example, if an incapacitated individual does not have a patient advocate or guardian to act on their behalf, a family member may want to the court to appoint a temporary guardian.

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December 26, 2020

Pigeon Creek Lodge open TODAY (12/26)

Pigeon Creek Lodge is OPEN for cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals today (12/26)!

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December 18, 2020

Ottawa County Department of Public Health administers its first COVID-19 vaccination

Vaccination for COVID-19 is the path forward to controlling the disease and protecting our community. The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) has received 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine that was the first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by the FDA for emergency use on December 11, 2020. In partnership with Grand Valley State University (GVSU), the OCDPH will start administering the COVID-19 vaccine at the GVSU Holland Campus tomorrow. The first dose is to be received by an EMS worker. The OCDPH will primarily vaccinate EMS personnel and other individuals facilitating the vaccination and testing site locations. More than 200 doses are expected to be given on Friday, with hundreds to follow next week.

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December 18, 2020

Ottawa County takes action to address broadband access and affordability concerns

As the way we use technology has evolved from opening files on floppy disk drives to cloud computing, so has the demand for internet connectivity. But here in Ottawa County, broadband service is inconsistent – many areas lack service, experience poor service, or the residents simply can’t afford high-speed internet; the outbreak of Covid-19 has only exasperated this issue. The way education, business, health care, and social interaction are being conducted during the pandemic has made it clear high-speed internet service is no longer a luxury. That’s why Ottawa County is acting today to improve access to broadband for all County residents by soliciting proposals to collect detailed broadband data at a granular level.

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December 17, 2020

Ottawa County Housing Commission, 58th District Court Urging Lawmakers to Extend Eviction Prevention Program

Housing impacts nearly all aspects of a family’s wellbeing. Housing stability has direct correlations with job retention, physical and mental health, and even children’s academic success in schools. A stable roof over one’s head offers both assurance and peace of mind. Yet for many the COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted their lives, as layoffs and bills gone unpaid have forced them to leave their homes. These tragic circumstances have prompted the Ottawa County Housing Commission and the Ottawa County 58th District Court to advocate for extending rental assistance to the region’s most vulnerable residents.

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December 17, 2020

Ottawa County to administer its first COVID-19 vaccine to an EMS worker tomorrow at the GVSU Holland campus

Vaccination for COVID-19 is the path forward to controlling the disease and protecting our community. The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) has received 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine that was the first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by the FDA for emergency use on December 11, 2020. In partnership with Grand Valley State University (GVSU), the OCDPH will start administering the COVID-19 vaccine at the GVSU Holland Campus tomorrow. The first dose is to be received by an EMS worker. The OCDPH will primarily vaccinate EMS personnel and other individuals facilitating the vaccination and testing site locations. More than 200 doses are expected to be given on Friday, with hundreds to follow next week.

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December 8, 2020

Ottawa County's unemployment rate declining

The preliminary unemployment rates for October 2020 were released recently by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. The data show progress toward a return to normalcy with significant decreases in unemployment rates across the state. Ottawa County’s unemployment rate has decreased from a record high of 20.9% in April to 3.1% in October. This is currently the second-lowest unemployment rate in Michigan, with rates ranging from 8.2% in Wayne County to 3.0% in Mackinac County.

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December 7, 2020

No-cost flu vaccines offered at drive-thru clinic this Friday to anyone, regardless of insurance status

On Friday, December 11, 2020, at 10 am - 4 pm the Ottawa County Department of Public Health is offering a no-cost flu vaccine to anyone 6 months of age and older, whether they have Medicaid, no insurance or regular health insurance. This drive-thru flu clinic will be held at the Community Mental Health of Ottawa County parking lot located at 12265 James St, Holland, MI 49424.

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December 7, 2020

Virtual Investiture Ceremony for Juanita Bocanegra

With nearly 54% of the vote in November, Ottawa County residents elected the County's first Latina Judge, Juanita Bocanegra, to the 58th District Court bench. On December 18 at 2:30pm the Court will host a Virtual Investiture Ceremony for Bocanegra. The ceremony will be live streamed.

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December 4, 2020

OCDPH updates guidance on COVID-19 quarantine period based on new CDC findings

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) has been coordinating with regional partners and consulting with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) regarding the updated CDC quarantine guidelines that give the option to reduce quarantine time from 14 days to 7-10 days.

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December 4, 2020

Pigeon Creek Park - Extended hours year-round!

New hours: Pigeon Creek Park is now open from 7 am-10 pm year-round. After daylight savings time each year, the LED trail lights will turn on at dusk and remain on until the park closes

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December 1, 2020

Ottawa County Department of Public Health releases the following statement regarding some of the inaccurate statements attributed to Libertas School’s Attorney from the Thomas More Society and its Headmaster

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“Libertas School has been treated in a manner consistent with all other schools and employers throughout Ottawa County,” said OCDPH Health Officer Lisa Stefanovsky. “When our department receives complaints of violations to public health laws, we follow up with clear guidance on the requirements and assist schools in ensuring their actions are compliant and consistent with all health protection measures. Libertas School has been the only Ottawa County school that has not corrected non-compliance after receiving communication from our department.”

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December 1, 2020

Coopersville testing site open today 3 pm - 7:30 pm

Ottawa County Road Commission - Coopersville
475 N 68 Ave, Coopersville, MI 49404
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Please wear a face covering/mask. Testing results typically within 3 to 6 days. Click for post-test Instructions **Offering no-cost flu vaccine for uninsured adults (19 years of age and older) at event.**

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November 30, 2020

168 More Acres of Farmland Preserved in Ottawa County - Chester Township crop farm added to preserved properties

Jim Klein has agriculture in his blood. His forbearers began working the productive soils of northeast Ottawa County in the 1860s. But legacy alone won’t guarantee his Chester Township crop farm endures. That’s why, with help from the Ottawa County Farmland Preservation Program and a Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) grant, he’s preserved 168 acres.

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November 23, 2020

NxGen in Holland and Grand Haven testing locations will be CLOSED Nov 26-28

Ottawa County COVID-19 testing site updates - NxGen in Holland and Grand Haven testing locations will be CLOSED Nov 26-28.

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November 23, 2020

Ottawa Celebrates Adoption Day Tomorrow 11/24

For many residents, 2020 has been a very tough year. It seems like the challenges keep coming and it is difficult to focus on the positive. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, many families are struggling to find a way to celebrate and identify things for which they are thankful. Several West Michigan families, however, will have the opportunity to find a bright spot in an otherwise complicated year.

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November 19, 2020

Please do not line up early at the free community COVID-19 testing sites at the Ottawa County Road Commission facilities

Please do not arrive early and line up at the free community COVID-19 testing sites. It causes traffic and facility issues. Thank you.
Next COVID-19 testing event on Friday, November 20 at 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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November 18, 2020

Ottawa County awarded the Gateways for Growth Challenge

Ottawa County and 18 others, join a network of 71 localities deploying economic research and multi-sector welcoming plans to forward inclusion and economic opportunity for all.

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November 16, 2020

Community pop-up sites relocated from Fire Stations to Road Commission locations

Next COVID-19 testing event on Tuesday, November 17 at 3:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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November 16, 2020

Ottawa County Suspends Walk-In Services

To reduce the spread COVID-19, Ottawa County government offices are requiring appointments for services until further notice.

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November 11, 2020

No-cost flu vaccines for children at the Ottawa County Department of Public Health's drive-thru clinic this Saturday

Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 9:30 am - 12:30 pm the Ottawa County Department of Public Health is offering a no-cost flu vaccine for children (0-18 years of age) who have Medicaid, no insurance or are underinsured. This drive-thru flu clinic will be held at the health department's parking lot located at 12251 James St, Holland. | Spanish

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November 10, 2020

Ottawa County COVID-19 testing site update: RELOCATED - Tuesday, November 10 to Zeeland Fire Station at 133 E Roosevelt

No cost diagnostic testing is available for anyone 5 years of age and older with or without symptoms. Parental/guardian consent is required for minors. No screening and no appointment are needed. Please bring a form of ID (e.g., state or country issued ID or paperwork with your name and address [bill, mail or paystub]). The National Guard will do the testing. Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and Ottawa County employees will provide support functions (instructions, forms, traffic control, data entry, etc.). Watch this video to learn more about the process.

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November 9, 2020

Find the 20th Circuit and Ottawa County Probate Courts on Social Media

“Like” the Courts on Facebook, follow the them on Twitter and Instagram, and find additional information on YouTube and LinkedIn.

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November 6, 2020

Rapid increase in Ottawa County’s COVID-19 cases leads to delay in case investigation and contact tracing

With COVID-19 cases rapidly increasing across Ottawa County and the state, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) has shifted much of its case investigation and contact tracing process to meet the increased demand. As of October 31, 2020, case investigators and contact tracers from the State of Michigan are following up with positive COVID-19 cases and contacts for those who reside in Ottawa County. People who test positive for COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact to a case should expect a phone call or text message from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The case investigator or contact tracer could be calling from a 616 or other area code but will identify who they are and why they are calling. Caller IDs may also show the number 1-866-80MDHHS (1-866-806-3447) or the name “MI COVID Help”. All case and contact information are protected as confidential to ensure people’s privacy. State and local health departments use the case information to identify and contact individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Information collected for case investigation and contact tracing will not be sold or used for sales or marketing purposes.

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November 5, 2020

Apply now for the Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission

Applications are now being accepted for the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission. Any interested residents of Ottawa County may apply for the Parks and Recreation Commission through the County’s website. Applications should be submitted asap. The three-year term begins January 1, 2021.

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November 3, 2020

Statement from the Ottawa County Department of Public Health on the United States District Court Ruling on Libertas Christian School’s motion for a preliminary injunction against it

“We applaud Honorable Paul L. Maloney for denying Libertas’ motion to enjoin the Public Health Department from enforcing the State of Michigan’s mask mandate in schools,” said Deputy Health Administrator Marcia Mansaray. “A contrary ruling would have cast doubt on the mask mandate in all sections of society, just as the virus is surging in what appears to be a second wave in Michigan.”

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November 2, 2020

AMENDED: Ottawa County Residential Care Order

This order is made pursuant to Section 2251 of the Michigan Public Health Code, MCL 333.2433 and MCL 333.2453; effective October 31, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. and remains in effect until November 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. If rates of infection among facility residents continue to rise, this order may be extended beyond November 14, 2020 or more restrictive measures may be required.

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November 1, 2020

Efforts by the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission to Expand the Bend Area Open Space Continue

Following the purchase of 87 acres of land to expand the Bend Area Open Space in Georgetown Township earlier this year, the acquisition of an adjacent 62 acres of former gravel mining land was completed in October. In addition to Ottawa County Parks millage funding, this expansion was made possible by a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, as well as funding from the Ottawa County Parks Foundation’s Grand River Greenway Campaign.

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October 30, 2020

Ottawa County Department of Public Health issues order for residential care facilities

This order is made pursuant to Section 2251 of the Michigan Public Health Code, MCL 333.2433 and MCL 333.2453; effective October 31, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. and remains in effect until November 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. If rates of infection among facility residents continue to rise, this order may be extended beyond November 14, 2020 or more restrictive measures may be required.

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October 29, 2020

Free flu vaccine for uninsured adults at Ottawa County community COVID-19 testing sites

Uninsured adults (18 years of age and older) can get a free flu vaccine at one of the community pop-up COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites listed on page 3 - Grand Haven, Coopersville, Zeeland and Holland.
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October 28, 2020

Poised to Participate in the November 3 election

Election Day is less than a week away! It’s time to participate in the democratic process. Whether you’re returning an absentee ballot ahead of time, or heading to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 3, the Ottawa County Clerk’s office has you covered with the information you need to have your voice heard.
On Election Day, all polling places in Michigan open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Find your local polling place here
With accurate information, #OttawaVotes!

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October 26, 2020

Ottawa County COVID-19 testing site update: CANCELED - Tuesday, October 27 at Hudsonville City Fire Department

For other Ottawa County locations and testing site information, visit www.miOttawa.org/coronavirus.

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October 23, 2020

Ottawa County Parks mourns the loss of Peter Secchia

The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission and Ottawa County Parks Foundation mourn the loss of former US Ambassador Peter Secchia, who was a long-term supporter and also a dedicated volunteer for Ottawa County Parks.

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October 23, 2020

Final cease-and-desist order issued to Libertas Christian School in Hudsonville

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) has a lawful duty to continually and diligently endeavor to prevent disease, prolong life and promote public health. It is a priority of the OCDPH to partner with the Ottawa County community by working together to slow the spread of COVID-19. Through greater awareness of disease prevention methods and timely identification of those who may be carriers of the new coronavirus, we can be successful in getting through this pandemic and staying open.

Public Health Order

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October 21, 2020

2021 Ottawa County Parks, Recreation, & Open Space Plan now available for public comment

A draft of the 2021 longe-range parks plan is ready for review. A public meeting is planned for the December 2 Parks Commission meeting (approximate time TBA; meeting begins at 3 pm). Public comment will be available via Zoom; a link to the meeting will be available on the day of the meeting at miOttawa.org/parks. Comments may also be sent via email or mailed to the Parks administrative office: 12220 Fillmore St., West Olive, MI 49460. Please submit all comments by November 20, 2020.

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October 20, 2020

It's time to play Parks Bingo!

Careerline Tech Center’s futurePREP’d program and Ottawa County Parks & Recreation are hosting a series of events to encourage students and their families to get outside this fall. This will be the kick-off event for Hope College’s Little Read Lakeshore program, an annual, month-long community-wide reading program. The community focus book is “Galapagos Girl” that tells the story of how a young girl connects to the natural world while living on the Galapagos islands.

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October 20, 2020

Making a PLAN for the November 3 General Election

Ensure you’re ready to exercise your right to vote this Election Day by developing a voting plan.
Sound daunting? Don’t worry - the Ottawa County Clerk’s office is here to help! This week, we’re sharing facts and links to assist voters with planning ahead of the big day.

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October 20, 2020

Ottawa County Census self-response rates up 4.1% over 2010

Despite the outbreak of Covid-19 and an end date that was a bit of a moving target, the 2020 Census wrapped up in Ottawa County with an estimated self-response rate of 79.5%, up 4.1% from 2010. This once-a-decade roll call informs how more than $675 billion in funding for more than 100 federal programs are distributed. This Census was unique in that it marked the first time everyone in the U.S. could respond online. Having this option proved to be an advantage when door-to-door visits were delayed due to the pandemic.

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October 20, 2020

Holland's Fifelski Honored with Excellence in Equity Award

Esther Fifelski, the City of Holland's Director of Human Relations, has been named the 2020 Excellence in Equity Award recipient. The news was announced today at the Ottawa County Diversity Forum. Because the forum was held virtually this year, the Award Decision Committee surprised Fifelski with the announcement on Monday, October 12. Watch the video of Esther Fifelski receiving her award.

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October 16, 2020

PREPARE, PLAN & PARTICIPATE ahead of November 3 General Election

Whether you’re planning to vote in person on Nov. 3, or are completing an absentee ballot ahead of time, we know that you need accurate and verifiable information about how to vote. But with so much misinformation out there, it can be hard to get the straight facts.

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October 14, 2020

Ottawa County implements an improved automated system for case and contact investigation

Disease investigations — case management and contact tracing — are fundamental activities that involve following up with a person (symptomatic and asymptomatic) who has been diagnosed with an infectious disease like COVID-19. This process can be time-consuming but it is critical to identify people who may have been exposed to an infected person. Public health agencies are responsible for conducting disease investigations and have legal mandates that require them to identify communicable diseases and notify people who have been exposed. The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) has been doing this work for decades to stop or slow the spread of diseases such as tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections, chickenpox and new diseases like COVID-19.

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October 12, 2020

Ottawa County plans 15th Annual Water Quality Forum

Register now at miOttawa.org for the Ottawa County Water Quality Forum scheduled for November 2.

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October 9, 2020

Ottawa Sands Master Plan Concepts - now available online

Initial public input events for the Ottawa Sands Master Plan are complete, as well as natural features inventory and analysis of plant communities, wetlands, and herpetology. Based on this input, our consultant has developed concepts and options for park development that you can now view online!

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October 5, 2020

Farms are the Tapas raises nearly $20,000 for farmland preservation

The specter of coronavirus derailed many events in 2020, but not Ottawa County’s premier farmland preservation fundraiser and chefs competition, Farms are the Tapas. With the public’s safety in mind, the Agricultural Preservation Board and Farmland Preservation Program staff rolled up their sleeves and hammered out a plan to adjust to the new reality.

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October 5, 2020

Statement from the Ottawa County Health Officer about Governor's revoked emergency powers and local actions

On Friday, October 2, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court determined that the Governor did not have the authority to issue executive orders under emergency declarations past April 30, 2020. The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) is currently evaluating future actions to ensure the continued health and safety of Ottawa County residents. Public health orders for isolation and quarantine are not affected by the Supreme Court’s ruling. These actions are authorized under the Michigan Public Health Code, a law that was enacted by the Michigan Legislature in 1978 and remains in effect.

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October 5, 2020

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission welcomes Lukas Hill

Lukas Hill is a graduate of Northern Michigan University and is Certified Planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners. Hill has lived in Ottawa County for the last 15 years with his family while working for Spring Lake Township as their Community Development Director. Part of his role with the Township is to help develop park and recreation plans and coordinate associated grants with various state and local agencies. Hill successfully managed a joint grant application with the City of Norton Shores that doubled the size of Black Lake Park and improved it with an accessible kayak launch.

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October 1, 2020

USDA awards Beginning Farmer grant to Ottawa County

Picture a farmer. Is this person you imagined a little older? That’s not surprising. Almost a third of farmers in Ottawa County are over age 65, and less than 10% are under 35. To counteract this concerning trend, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the County $44,885 to build up its local support system for new and prospective farmers.

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October 1, 2020

Ottawa County health officials see GVSU positive COVID-19 cases trend downward - Staying Safe order to be issued

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) had issued a “Staying in Place” Order that began on September 17, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., and is scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m. October 1. The OCDPH has been conducting surveillance of COVID-19 cases associated with Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and has found that epidemiological data indicate a marked improvement. Over the last couple of weeks, the number of positive COVID-19 test results has shown a steady decline in and around the GVSU on-campus and off-campus housing in Allendale Township, Michigan. This encouraging trend comes as a result of the extra efforts of the GVSU students, staff and faculty diligently adhering to the disease prevention measures and working closely with the OCDPH health officials.

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October 1, 2020

Registration Open for the 2020 Ottawa County Diversity Forum

Registration for the Fifth Annual Ottawa County Diversity Forum is now open. The forum, to be held virtually this year, is scheduled for October 20 from 8:15AM to 3PM. The online forum is limited to the first 300 registrants and the cost is $25. Visit miOttawa.org to register. Registration closes on October 16.

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September 18, 2020

Ottawa Sands Master Plan Concepts - Public Input Event

Initial public input events for the Ottawa Sands Master Plan have now been completed, as well as natural features inventory and analysis of plant communities, wetlands, and herpetology. You can view this information here. Based on this input, our consultant has developed concepts and options for park development that will be presented at an open house event, please join us! - Saturday, October 3, 2020 2-4 pm
Coast Guard Park Picnic Shelter

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September 17, 2020

No cost COVID-19 community pop-up testing sites in Ottawa County continues

No-cost diagnostic testing is available for anyone 5 years of age and older with or without symptoms. Parental/guardian consent is required for minors. No screening and no appointments are needed. Please bring a form of ID (e.g., state or country issued ID or paperwork with your name and address [bill, mail or paystub]).

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September 16, 2020

Ottawa County COVID-19 case increase among young adults prompts public health officials to issue a ‘Staying in Place’ order for GVSU Allendale

Ottawa County, Mich. – The State of Michigan and Ottawa County are under states of emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 poses an imminent danger to public health. The public health officer of the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) has issued an order requiring all Grand Valley State University (GVSU) students living in on-campus housing or living in off-campus housing in Allendale Township, Michigan, to remain in their designated residence at all times for 14 days beginning September 17, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. and ending October 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Students may not return to their home address unless for an emergency.

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September 16, 2020

Ottawa County COVID-19 case increase among young adults prompts public health officials to prepare additional mitigation strategies with GVSU

The State of Michigan and Ottawa County are under states of emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 poses an imminent danger to public health. The public health officer of the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) is working with Ottawa County and Grand Valley State University (GVSU) leaders to prepare additional community mitigation strategies to contain the COVID-19 outbreak among the GVSU Allendale campus.

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September 14, 2020

Farms Are the Tapas: Auction Opens 9/17/2020

Our premier farmland preservation fundraising event features local chefs creating locally sourced signature dishes as part of a friendly competition to win the coveted Harvest Knife Award. Guests will have an opportunity to taste tapas, vote on your favorite dish, and virtually bid on a unique selection of silent auction items - all while supporting farmland preservation!

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September 14, 2020

New Nature Programs for Students Ages 4 - 14

New this year! Ottawa County Parks is offering the Outdoor Explorer program designed for students who are participating in remote/virtual learning (or any child who needs an extra dose of nature!) because time spent outdoors is crucial to our health and well-being.

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September 11, 2020

No cost COVID-19 community pop-up testing sites in Ottawa County starting again this Tuesday

No cost diagnostic testing is available for anyone 5 years of age and older with or without symptoms. Parental/guardian consent is required for minors. No screening and no appointment are needed. Please bring a form of ID (e.g., state or country issued ID or paperwork with your name and address [bill, mail or paystub]).

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September 8, 2020

TODAY UNTIL 8 PM - Free COVID-19 testing at Holland Fire Station on James St

FREE COVID-19 testing at 12169 James St, Holland, MI 49424 - Inside the Fire Station building - No appointment - No screening

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August 27, 2020

Technology helps families resolve disputes online

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 cii2.courtinnovations.com/MIC20.

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August 26, 2020

COVID-19 underscores importance of farmland preservation

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.

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August 24, 2020

IMPORTANT NOTE: Health Department COVID-19 phone calls

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health has received numerous phone calls from schools and parents about various COVID-19 concerns that should be directed to the school liaisons. Because of the call volume, we're experiencing extended wait and significantly delayed response times.

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August 20, 2020

What happens when there's a positive COVID-19 case in an Ottawa County school?

Positive COVID-19 cases in schools are inevitable, but how do we minimize risks?
The health and safety of educators, school staff and students are a top priority. The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) has been working closely with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) and its member schools on plans of how to safely return kids to school. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the OCDPH has been committed to working alongside the OAISD to address the needs of students, staff and their families. Both agencies continue that collaborative relationship as schools work through the difficult challenge of bringing students back to the classroom.

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August 19, 2020

COVID-19 Community Testing Events - UPDATED

UPDATED INFORMATION: Testing is now available to those 5 years of age and older with parental/guardian consent at no cost and the Hudsonville 08/24 location change.

COVID-19 testing is an important tool in helping to understand the scope of community-wide spread and making data-informed decisions on how to best protect the people of Ottawa County. If you have COVID-like symptoms and/or have been in close contact with someone infected with the new coronavirus please get tested and self-quarantine. Contact your primary care provider for any medical needs.

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August 14, 2020

COVID-19 Community Testing Events

COVID-19 testing is an important tool in helping to understand the scope of community-wide spread and making data-informed decisions on how to best protect the people of Ottawa County. If you have COVID-like symptoms and/or have been in close contact with someone infected with the new coronavirus please get tested and self-quarantine. Contact your primary care provider for any medical needs. Click below to find a community testing site.

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August 6, 2020

Lotteries for Special Hunting Permits Now Open

Hunting is an important part of managing natural lands and parks in Ottawa County. Biodiversity is dependent on a delicate balance of predator and prey populations. In Michigan, this balance has been altered by a significant loss of predators, like wolves. As a result, some prey populations, such as deer, do not have the natural checks and balances needed to prevent overpopulation. Humans have always been and continue to play an important role in hunting prey populations.

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August 1, 2020

Outbreak of Salmonella Newport Infections Linked to Onions

Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve red, white, yellow, or sweet onions from Thomson International, Inc. or products containing such onions. If you cannot tell if your onion is from Thomson International Inc., or your food product contains such onions, you should not eat, sell, or serve it, and should throw it out.

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July 30, 2020

Farms are the Tapas 2020 – Registration Now Open!

Ottawa County's Farmland Preservation Program is proud to be hosting its 4th annual Farms are the Tapas fundraising event on September 24, 2020, at beautiful Terra Square in Hudsonville.
The event will again feature local chefs creating locally sourced signature dishes as part of a friendly competition to win the coveted Harvest Knife Award. Guests will have an opportunity to taste tapas; vote on your favorite dish; enjoy music and dessert; and virtually bid on a unique selection of silent auction items – all while supporting farmland preservation.

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July 29, 2020

Farmland Protection in Ottawa County Gains Traction and Acres

The Kruithoff family has raised hogs, beef cattle, and crops in Kent and Ottawa Counties for 50 years. Tim Kruithoff started farming with his father 29 years ago, joined by his wife Christine, and now two of their three children also farm full time with them. And the Kruithoffs have made certain their grandkids, great-grandkids, and beyond will have that same opportunity – on July 27, 2020, they permanently protected 148 acres in Wright and Chester Townships in Ottawa County.

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July 24, 2020

Identifying Ottawa County's Health Needs

The Ottawa County Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) started last month and the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) is asking people (18 years of age and older) who receive a call to please take 20-30 minutes and provide valuable feedback. Your caller ID may show a 423 area code number coming from Tennessee. Please answer the call and help us identify local health-related needs and concerns.

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July 15, 2020

Local Artists Awarded at Art Trust Exhibition

Ottawa County and the Holland Area Arts Council, today, announced which works have been purchased to become part of the permanent collection of the Ottawa County Art Trust. Ten pieces were chosen for purchase awards from a total of 46 entries by 29 artists who live or work in Ottawa County.

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July 14, 2020

Special Event: Ottawa Sands Park Field Day Saturday, July 18, 2020 from 10 am-2 pm

Swing by Ottawa Sands County Park for an afternoon of family-friendly activities*, snacks, and an opportunity to weigh-in on future improvements. Rain or shine, it will be a fun, free event for all the community to enjoy! Your input from the community field day will directly inform the Visioning Plan design process. Information on additional community input sessions will be made available as dates and locations are scheduled. Attendees are encouraged to drive into the park on Saturday; the gate will be open.
*Activities/input areas will be set up for appropriate social distancing.

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July 9, 2020

Forest Restoration along the Grand River Greenway

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation has two major restoration projects slated for this summer. The first is an oak savanna restoration project at the newly acquired Stearns Creek Park. The second is a restoration of flood plain forest and bur oak plains at Eastmanville Farm.

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July 7, 2020

Tips to stay safe and healthy during extreme heat

Summertime is here and it’s a HOT one! An excessive heat watch is in effect for Ottawa County. Be sure to take precautions to stay healthy and safe, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to heat safety, people should remain vigilant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following the disease prevention guidelines - wash hands often, clean and disinfect surfaces, avoid close contact with others, wear a face covering when around others and stay home if you are not feeling well.

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July 2, 2020

Vacancy on Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission

The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission lost one of its best advocates in June after a brief fight with cancer. David VanGinhoven gave much of himself for the betterment of the communities of Ottawa County. The Parks Commission and the Parks Foundation are fortunate to be two of many organizations to which David donated his time, talents, and leadership. His passing has created a public vacancy for the duration of his term on the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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June 30, 2020

Ottawa County Seeking Excellence in Equity Award Nominees

Ottawa County is seeking nominations for the Excellence in Equity Award now through August 31. Submit entries HERE. The award was established in 2019 to recognize individuals who impact the public sector field in Ottawa County and focus on the importance of equity through their practices, programs, policies and decision making.

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June 30, 2020

Join us on Facebook LIVE - 4:30 pm Today - Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Please join us today at 4:30 pm for the Ottawa County COVID-19 updates during a Facebook Live briefing. If you cannot make the event, it will be available on the county's Facebook page or go to www.miOttawa.org/miHealth.

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June 29, 2020

Ottawa County Study Reveals the Challenges Youth Face

The YAS (Youth Assessment Survey) provides evidence-based information about what the biggest needs are (and aren’t) among Ottawa County teens.

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June 23, 2020

No-cost HIV testing event this Thursday in Ottawa County

Thursday, June 25
9am to 4pm
12251 James St, Holland

20-minute rapid testing will be conducted in a tent adjacent to Building C. Attendees should expect to wait for results and discuss follow-up options if needed. No appointment needed - Easily accessible - No cost!

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June 22, 2020

Ottawa Sands Master Planning Updates - Survey, Public Event, and More

Swing by Ottawa Sands County Park for an afternoon of family-friendly activities*, tasty food, and an opportunity to weigh-in on future improvements. Rain or shine, it will be a fun, free event for all the community to enjoy! Your input from the community field day will directly inform the Visioning Plan design process. Information on additional community input sessions will be made available as dates and locations are scheduled.

*Activities/input areas will be set up for appropriate social distancing.

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June 15, 2020

Identifying Ottawa County's Health Needs

The Ottawa County Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) started last week and we are asking people who are contacted to please take 20-30 minutes to provide valuable feedback. Ottawa County residents (18 years of age and older) will have the opportunity to give input on local health-related needs and concerns. The BRFS periodically monitors health among various geographic areas within Ottawa County. At least 1,200 residents will be randomly selected and contacted by Wilkins Research. If you receive a call from phone number 423-777-5497, please be sure to answer. Survey calls will be made through July 2020 (or even longer) to landline and mobile phones. Participation is voluntary and anonymous.

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June 10, 2020

Ottawa Voters to receive absentee ballot applications from County next week

Although residents in hundreds of communities throughout Michigan are receiving applications to vote from the Michigan Secretary of State, registered voters in Ottawa County can expect to receive a mailing from the County instead. This postcard mailing, set to arrive in mailboxes in the next week, informs voters of their right to participate in the elections process by absentee ballot, and includes an application for their ballot that can be mailed back to their local jurisdiction clerk.

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June 5, 2020

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Update Kirk Park Dog Beach

As of June 5, we have re-opened the Kirk Park Dog Beach with limited hours.

Dogs are allowed at Kirk Park daily between 7-10 am and 7-10 pm. If dogs are not at the dog beach, they are required to be leashed and under control at all times. This includes walking to and from the beach.

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June 3, 2020

Free COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing this Weekend - June 6 & 7

This event helps public health officials identify COVID-19 infection in our community, isolate positive cases and find close contacts for follow-up monitoring. Some people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms and don’t know they have it. They can continue spreading the virus and can cause serious illness in others. This event will provide testing for them and many others.

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June 3, 2020

Ottawa County's unemployment rate surges

The preliminary unemployment rates for April 2020 were released last week by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. The data show a significant increase in unemployment rates in every county due to the impacts of COVID-19.

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June 2, 2020

A community working together for a Healthy Ottawa

Public health challenges and individual health outcomes are too great for a person, organization or sector to solve alone. Community members and stakeholders who’ve been a part of previous assessments and planning are joining forces again to identify and remedy current health needs in Ottawa County.

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June 2, 2020

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Update

A number of sections in EO 2020-110, announced on June 1, are specifically relevant to parks and park users. Please see below for a list of updates and re-opening dates of park amenities. We appreciate your patience as we work through these changes...

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June 1, 2020

Ottawa Food Launches Real Food Can Campaign

Ottawa Food has just launched a public awareness marketing campaign that encourages Ottawa County residents to consume more fruits and vegetables. The Real Food Can campaign addresses identified barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption, including cost and lack of knowledge about how to prepare these items. Real Food Can aims to show that eating fruits and vegetables can be: Accessible, Affordable, Convenient, Delicious, Local, and Safe.

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June 1, 2020

Ottawa County Clerk's Office Launches Website Detailing Security of Elections Process

A new website, www.miottawa.org/securingthevote, launched today provides citizens in Ottawa County with information on how their votes are counted and details the security steps that go into the elections process.

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May 28, 2020

Thrive Ottawa County Launches Adverse Childhood Experiences Awareness Campaign

Thrive Ottawa County, a collaborative effort between dozens of Ottawa County organizations, has begun a campaign to educate the general public about the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). There is a strong connection between childhood experiences of abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction and an adult's physical, emotional, and social health outcomes.

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May 27, 2020

Lakeshore Food Rescue - Farmers Relief Effort

Families and farmers in West Michigan are facing economic challenges of historic scale as the impact of COVID-19 has washed over our region and there is a great need to help our community get through this difficult time. Ottawa Food is working with four local food pantries - Salvation Army, St. Francis de Sales Parish, Harvest Stand Ministries and Community Action House to purchase produce directly from local farmers to feed local families.

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May 26, 2020

Ottawa County Population and Growth Rates

The 2019 population estimates for townships, cities, and villages were released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week. Some of the Ottawa County highlights are provided below:

Since 2010, all local units have continued to gain population. The greatest growth was seen in Allendale (29%), Jamestown (26.5%), Spring Lake (26.1%), and Blendon (17.8%) townships. Between 2018 and 2019, Jamestown Township experienced the greatest population growth (3.5%). The County population estimates, which were released in March, showed Ottawa County as the fastest growing in the State and the 8th most populous.

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May 23, 2020

ATTENTION HOLLAND FARMERS MARKET SHOPPERS: If you purchased flat-leaf parsley this morning (Saturday, May 23) from Future Days Farm, do NOT eat it!

ATTENTION HOLLAND FARMERS MARKET SHOPPERS: If you purchased flat-leaf parsley this morning (Saturday, May 23) from Future Days Farm at the Holland Farmers Market, do NOT eat it! The Ottawa County Department of Public Health was just notified by the Holland Farmers Market that another plant was mixed into the farm's flat-leaf parsley crop and it is not safe to eat. If you purchased flat-leaf parsley from them within the first hour and a half of the market (8-9:30 am), please contact the market immediately at info@hollandfarmersmarket.com. Future Days Farm was located on the south side of the Eighth Street Market Place, close to Maple Avenue near the Civic Center Building.

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May 20, 2020

Ottawa County, Michigan Community Mental Health Press Releases May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month. This national time of observation raises awareness of mental health needs, reduces stigma about mental illness, and educates people on mental health resources in their community. In the United States one in five people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime and almost everyone will face challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The good news is there are many resources available to improve mental health and increase resiliency - and there are ways you can be supportive of friends, family, and co-workers who are struggling with life's challenges or their mental health.

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May 18, 2020

Residents at Christian Haven Home in Grand Haven test positive for COVID-19

Christian Haven Home assisted living, like so many other long-term care facilities across the country, has felt the effects of COVID-19. Several residents have just tested positive; one employee had tested positive 3½ weeks ago, another was tested earlier yesterday and is awaiting results. The employee who had tested positive notified us immediately when feeling symptoms. The employee was not working when symptomatic and has not yet returned to work.

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May 14, 2020

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation: Bringing Nature to You

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation offers nature programs and outdoor recreation opportunities for all ages, in every season. Due to concerns related to COVID-19, spring programs and some summer camps have been cancelled. With the Nature Center closed and group programs on-hold, the Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission has shifted gears to continue to offer nature programs to citizens online.

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May 12, 2020

EPA awards $300,000 for brownfield redevelopment

In a win for local economic revitalization, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on May 6 awarded Ottawa County $300,000 for environmental site assessment and cleanup planning for brownfield properties. This grant is part of $65 million worth of brownfield site assessment, revolving loan fund, and cleanup grants awarded to 155 communities by the USEPA.

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May 7, 2020

Judge Jonas honored by the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals

On May 5, 2020, Judge Susan Jonas was presented with The Honorable William G. Schma Award by the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals. The Schma Award is the association’s most prestigious award and is presented to persons who have made outstanding contributions to treatment courts in Michigan.

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April 20, 2020

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Survey and Long Range Parks Plan

Citizen Feedback Requested

The Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission is preparing its five-year Parks, Recreation, & Open Space Plan that will be released in 2021.
"Our five-year plan is crucial to the success of our parks system," said Jason Shamblin, Ottawa County Parks Director. "It not only ensures that we are eligible for state grant funds, like the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund that has helped fund some of our biggest projects, it also provides a road map for park and trail development and accessibility improvements."

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April 16, 2020

There is still time to apply to preserve your farmland.

Farmland Preservation Application Deadline

If you have been thinking about applying to preserve your farmland through the Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program, now is the time as the April 30 deadline is fast approaching. This program allows interested parties to preserve their eligible, agriculturally zoned property by selling its development rights. Creating easements through the sale of development rights guarantees the land is used for agricultural purposes or remains in a natural state in perpetuity. Landowners are compensated for lost development potential, yet still own the land and retain all other rights associated with it.

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April 15, 2020

The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Ottawa County Parks Foundation reached an important milestone toward completing the Bend Area and expanding the Grand River Greenway

An agreement has been reached with landowners to sell 87 acres of former gravel-mining land in Georgetown Township. This acquisition is key to a long-term plan to develop a major regional park – the Bend Area - in the County’s most populous local unit and adds vital natural and recreational land to the Grand River Greenway.

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March 27, 2020

Prevent COVID-19 with the #OttawaStaysHome challenge

Announcing the #OttawaStaysHome Challenge

For the next several weeks, residents remain under the state's ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Staying home is difficult, so the Ottawa County Department of Public Health is inviting residents to participate in the #OttawaStaysHome challenge. The challenge asks the community to share on social media why they stay home or show what they are doing to occupy the time. Use the hashtag #OttawaStaysHome across platforms. The County will share its favorite posts, images and videos. Be creative! Do a distance dance on Tik Tok. Share a picture of a health care hero on Instagram. Boast about a latest diy project on Facebook. The County's hope is that collectively, these messages will show our community that everyone has to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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March 24, 2020

Essential Human Services & Nonprofits Open During Michigan Shutdown

On Monday, March 23, Governor Whitmer issued an executive order suspending activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order mandated that residents remain home, leaving only for essential functions. At this time, most vital human services organizations in Ottawa County will remain open and accessible to those seeking assistance. These agencies will continue to ensure vulnerable citizens are housed, fed and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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March 20, 2020

Public Health Limited Operations Update

As of Thursday, March 19, 2020, The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) office on James Street in Holland has been closed to the public for all non-scheduled, in-person visits until further notice. Visits for essential services are available by appointment through calling the main phone number at 616-396-5266. See more information by program for the services offered and unique ways to stay in touch with each program. The OCDPH offices in Grand Haven and Hudsonville closed for all services on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until further notice.

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March 20, 2020

COVID-19: Second positive case in Ottawa County

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) was notified later today of another resident who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The case is an adult female with no other information, at this time. OCDPH officials are working on the investigation and identifying contacts.

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March 20, 2020

Ottawa Courts Closed Except for Essential Health and Safety and Constitutional Rights

The 20th Circuit, 58th District and Ottawa County Probate Courts today announced that access to courtrooms and other spaces is now limited to no more than 10 persons, including staff, effective immediately. The court is closed to the general public except for essential functions involving health and safety and Constitutional rights.

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March 19, 2020

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Information

Ottawa County Parks will be implementing the following plans immediately. The purpose of these decisions are to ensure we're doing all we can to slow the spread of COVID-19 by following recommendations made by the CDC, Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH), and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

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March 19, 2020

Community Mental Health of Ottawa County (CMHOC)

COVID-19 Emergency Operations Guidance

The CMHOC offices in Holland and Grand Haven will remain open for emergent needs and critical care. CMHOC is the safety net provider and will continue to provide behavioral health services to our consumers and people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

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March 18, 2020

Ottawa County Suspends In-Person Services

Ottawa County has been balancing its responsibility of providing public services alongside its obligations of preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the community and protecting the health of its 1,100 employees, including its emergency responders. Effective 5PM today (March 18, 2020), Ottawa County will close its government buildings to the public until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Despite this, the County will continue to fulfill as many of its obligations to provide government services as possible. Residents should visit the website at miOttawa.org/closures to access services online, and to learn how they can do business by phone, email or other means.

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March 16, 2020

OTTAWA AREA SCHOOLS PROVIDE FREE MEALS TO ALL STUDENTS ACROSS REGION DURING SCHOOL CLOSING PERIOD

K-12 school districts throughout the Ottawa area are working to ensure that all students throughout the OAISD service region are included in meal distribution plans during the school closure period amid the COVID-19 emergency.

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March 16, 2020

Ottawa County COVID-19 Response

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) is hosting a joint press conference on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 4:15 pm. Daily briefings will be held at 4:15 pm until further notice.

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March 15, 2020

COVID-19: First positive case in Ottawa County for Coronavirus Disease 2020

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) was notified today of a resident who tested presumptive positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Specimen will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmatory testing. The case is an adult female with no known travel and is in isolation. OCDPH health officials are working to identify contacts and apprise their level of risk. We will keep the public informed as more information becomes available and of any potential threat to the public.

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March 14, 2020

Community groups rally to help during COVID-19

New website, careOttawaCounty.com, connects residents with volunteer needs during COVID-19 outbreak

As individuals, we are all taking steps to prevent spread of COVID-19: washing our hands, avoiding close contact with others, and staying home when we are sick. During this time, we also have an impulse to help our neighbors. To make helping easy, Ottawa County community groups have mobilized to create a website: www.careottawacounty.com. Those wishing to assist will be connected to a variety of opportunities to make an impact: volunteering, donating goods or making a financial gift. The hub was developed by a community coalition including the Greater Ottawa County United Way, The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance, Community Spoke and The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area.

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March 13, 2020

58th District Court Takes COVID-19 Prevention Measures

In response to the emergency declarations made by President Trump and Governor Whitmer, the 58th District Court will be curtailing its operations to eliminate non-essential activities in order to avoid unnecessary in-person contact between court users and court staff. These measures are being taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

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March 13, 2020

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Information

Ottawa County Parks will be implementing the following plans immediately. The purpose of these decisions are to ensure we're doing all we can to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19 by following recommendations made by the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Click here to sign up for OCDPH alerts related to COVID-19.

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March 12, 2020

COVID-19: Community mitigation guidance from the Ottawa County Department of Public Health

With Governor Whitmer's announcement of two positive COVID-19 cases in Michigan on March 10, 2020 and with the state's community mitigation guidance on March 11, 2020, we understand there are many questions about what this may mean for your organization. The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) is working closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), county officials, healthcare providers, long-term care facilities, businesses, schools and so many more community organizations and members.

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March 6, 2020

Hot Dog Names of 2019 🐶

Roll over Molly and Cooper. You're off the list of Ottawa County's hot dog names for the year 2019. That's right. The Ottawa County Treasurer's Office has the top ten list you've been waiting fur all year: the top dog names of 2019 based upon the licenses issued.

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February 28, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - What you need to know

There is an expanding global outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease it causes is called Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19. It was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. While most COVID-19 cases outside of China have been associated with travel to or from China, community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries. For the general American public, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is low. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa County or in Michigan.

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February 26, 2020

Ottawa County awarded $438,750 grant for farmland preservation

More than 168 acres of Ottawa County agricultural heritage is poised for protection thanks to a $438,750 Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) Local Farmland Preservation Program grant. Through a competitive application process, this program awards funds to local Purchase of Development Rights programs for permanent agricultural conservation easements. Out of 13 agricultural parcels submitted by nine farmland preservation programs, only five were picked. This is the first time an Ottawa County property has made the cut.

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February 24, 2020

Ottawa Court Nationally Recognized for Exemplary Practices

The 20th Circuit Court is pleased to announce that the Ottawa County Recovery Court (drug court), a specialty program for non-violent felony offenders with acute substance use disorders, has been selected as one of eight “mentor courts” in the United States by the United States Department of Justice and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) for 2020-2022.

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February 11, 2020

February is National Condom Month - Wear One!

The American Sexual Health Association recognizes each February as National #CondomMonth. The Ottawa County Department of Public Health provides free condoms at various locations throughout the county and state (click for a list of locations). Residents of Ottawa or Allegan County can also order condoms by mail here. Not having sex is the best way to keep from getting sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you choose to be sexually active, correct and consistent use of condoms is one of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of STIs.

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February 7, 2020

Special Event: Piece Together Parks

Please join the Ottawa County Parks Foundation and Grand Haven Eagles to raise funds and build jigsaw puzzles to support Ottawa County Parks.

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February 7, 2020

Mobile dental unit participates in “Give Kids a Smile!” TODAY

Dr. Jack McIntyre Jr. DDS will be the dentist on the Ottawa County Department of Public Health’s Miles of Smiles mobile dental unit TODAY for Give Kids a Smile Day. He will provide comprehensive dental care for Medicaid insured and financially qualifying uninsured children at Woodside Elementary. Every child will receive a gift bag complete with a toothbrush, toothpaste, prize and oral health education.

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January 30, 2020

Ottawa County Road Commission statement on state road bonding plan

The Board of County Road Commissioners, County of Ottawa, has released the following statement regarding Gov. Whitmer's bonding proposal for road improvements. While we appreciate the effort by the Governor and state leaders to find a funding solution to fix the state’s roads and bridges, we are disappointed that funding for county roads seems to be left out of the most-recent proposal.

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January 29, 2020

Protecting the farm: applications to preserve land now being accepted

In the past five years, Ottawa County has lost more than 14,000 acres of farmland. This contraction is no coincidence considering Ottawa is the fastest growing county in the state. Add in the fact that roughly 30% of the nearly 2,000 Ottawa County producers are of retirement age, and less than 10% are under 35, and it’s easy to see why valuable agriculture acreage is disappearing.

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January 14, 2020

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission welcomes new members

Greg DeJong, a member of the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners, replaced Matt Fenske on the Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission. Jane Longstreet and Linda McAffrey filled two vacant public positions on the commission.

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January 14, 2020

Ottawa County officials approve adding vaping to proposed revisions to the Regulation Eliminating Smoking in Public

On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners regular session, officials approved the Ottawa County Health and Human Services Committee's proposed revisions to the County Operations Ordinances (Article 4, Section 400.1.1 Smoking Regulations) to include vaping regulations on or within county property AND proposed revisions to the Ottawa County Regulation Eliminating Smoking in Public and Private Worksites and Public Places to also regulate vaping. Any individuals found in violation of the ordinance shall be guilty of an infraction, leading to a warning and fines.

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January 14, 2020

Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance, Ottawa County partner on first-ever Nonprofit Community Assessment

With hundreds of nonprofits operating in the Ottawa County area, there’s no shortage of organizations seeking to give back. To help these organizations fulfill their mission, a group of local executive directors founded the Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance (LNA) in 2006. Since then, LNA has strived to provide area nonprofits with the tools and knowledge needed to make an impact in the communities they serve.

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January 9, 2020

Fifth judgeship recommended for Ottawa County

The Michigan Supreme Court, through the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO), released the 2019 Judicial Resources Recommendations for the State of Michigan. The report concluded that an additional circuit judgeship be added to the 20th Circuit Court in Ottawa County. These recommendations were based on SCAO’s most recent biennial review of the judicial needs of Michigan courts, and have been forwarded to the legislature. New judgeships must be created by legislation and then approved by the County Board of Commissioners before a new judge can be elected.

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January 6, 2020

Proactive Strategies Index tackles Ottawa County's groundwater crisis

It started with phone calls. It was the mid-2000s, and something was amiss with the water wells in Allendale Township’s Highland Trails subdivision. Homeowners were complaining of low water pressure or even dry faucets. Then, area farmers chimed in – soybean leaves had been ‘burned’ because their irrigation water was salty. These reports were concerning, especially since Ottawa County is the fastest growing county in the state and one of the most agriculturally diverse. As groundwater complaints mounted, the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners requested a water study be conducted to understand the long-term sustainability of the County’s aquifer system.

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Freedom of Information Act Requests

When it comes to your Ottawa County government, we are receptive, responsive and transparent. At the same time, we have a process to standardize operations, keep things timely and streamline the costs. To submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, visit our convenient online FIOC Center. Remember that some materials may be exempt from disclosure by state or federal law, such as information of a personal nature about individuals. For this reason, some records may be unavailable or information will be blocked out, or redacted. It can take up to ten days to receive a response to your request, although we exceed this standard by responding within five days. Occasionally, we will ask for an extension to research your request further.

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