LANSING — A week after a mandate from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to report daily coronavirus data, 87 percent of long-term care facilities in Michigan are complying.
On Monday, April 20, the state announced a requirement for all long-term care facilities in the state to submit daily reports including the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths within their facility beginning Tuesday, April 21.
Statistics posted on the state’s coronavirus page on Monday, April 27, showed that 425 of 488 facilities had reported the number of positive COVID-19 cases in their communities as of Sunday, April 26. As a whole, there have been 2,637 cases of COVID-19 reported in the state.
In Ottawa County, 75 percent — 9 of 12 — of facilities had reported. All six facilities in Allegan County are shown as reporting.
There are two confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by long-term care facilities in Ottawa County, both at Freedom Village in Holland. Heartland of Holland, SKLD Zeeland and Waterford Place in Jenison had not reported as of Sunday.
Each of the six facilities in Allegan County reported zero cases.
Among the 11 counties in the state with at least 10 long-term care facilities, according to the state data, Ottawa County has the fourth lowest percent reporting. The county is ahead of Calhoun (8 of 11 facilities, 73 percent), Washtenaw (7 of 10 facilities, 70 percent) and Wayne (57 of 84, 67 percent) counties.
Of these counties, Ottawa County had the fewest COVID-19 cases as of Sunday. The next lowest positive case total among counties with at least 10 facilities is Ingham County with 11.
Additionally, 15 counties with fewer than 10 facilities have more cases in long-term care facilities than Ottawa County. Of Michigan’s 83 counties, 52 had zero reported cases of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities as of Sunday.
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