LANSING — State health officials are keeping an eye on Ottawa County and other parts of West Michigan as the rise in COVID-19 cases begins to slow in the southeast part of the state.
During a press briefing Friday, May 1, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive, said Ottawa County has had a 23 percent increase in positive test results over the past week.
Intensive care unit beds are at about 70 percent capacity in West Michigan, Khaldun said, but she did not offer a by-county breakdown.
“County testing has also increased at these areas, which is very good,” Khaldun said. “We also know that if we test more people, we are going to find more (evidence) of the disease and that's definitely what we want.
“Knowing where the disease is is how we will help to stop the spread.
“We want to continue to watch this region of the state, working closely with our local health departments to identify pockets of outbreaks.”Ottawa County COVID-19 Cases
Ottawa County public health officials believe that, barring an “exponential” spike in cases of COVID-19, the county’s three hospitals should have adequate capacity to handle the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking on a teleconference with the West Michigan Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Ottawa County Department of Public Health senior epidemiologist Derel Glashower said that capacity was adequate for now.
On Friday, the county reported a total of 300 cases of COVID-19, along with 16 deaths.
Ottawa County is now including probable cases and probable deaths in its daily figures. OCDPH information officer Kristina Wieghmink said Friday that four of the 16 deaths were probable cases and were not lab-confirmed.
The county has a 10 percent hospitalization rate, or approximately 30 hospitalizations out of 300 cases.
Sixty-four people have recovered in Ottawa County. A recovery is judged as being 30 days removed from the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.
Ottawa County’s highest case amounts is in Holland’s 49424 ZIP code, which has 71 total cases. Holland’s 49423 zip code has 41 total cases.
Hudsonville, which is located in the 49426 ZIP code, has 50 total cases.
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